Wirrn Dawn, CD-Audio
2 out of 5 (1 rating)


The Doctor and Lucie land in the middle of one of the human race's bloodiest periods of history.

Trying to make a difference would be like standing up and calling for a cease-fire on the Somme.

Certain death, or worse. Survival can be a messy business.


  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9781844353965



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Comparisons have long been drawn between the <i>Doctor Who</i> serial "The Ark in Space" and Ridley Scott's <i>Alien</i> (<i>Ark</i> predates <i>Alien</i> by four years). Nicholas Briggs's sequel goes the full <i>Aliens</i> – with <i>Starship Troopers</i> an equally obvious influence. The first act makes an impact – exploding starships, Wirrn swarming on the outside of hulls and people falling through space – but the story fails to set itself apart once the characters reach the planet's surface. From thereon out, <i>Wirrn Dawn</i> feels like a lot of other <i>Doctor Who</i> stories and is dragged down by portentous dialogue: characters quote the same lines back in exactly that way people don't, and the Doctor shows an unlikely and unnecessary ability to recall throwaway lines from a 30-year-old episode. Briggs is hit-and-miss as a writer: this is a palpable miss.

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