The Dust...a definite post-His Dark Materials vibe (Pullman’s trilogy began in 1995).
The TARDIS has an art gallery as well as a library, both in Tucker's two audios so far. In these opening scenes he writes a good and warmly playful Seventh Doctor.
Nice nod to the Mona Lisa from City of Death: "well, it's not the one with "this is a fake" written in felt tip. That one's in the Louvre."
Of course the Doctor collects paintings! That is to say he "rescues" them. The rogue!
It's actually rather neat that there's a planet called Duchamp 331... Rather like we name our asteroids after famous artists etc. Much better than a silly space name for a human colony.
Can't say I'm enthused by the return of Bev Tarrant, one of the less interesting things about The Genocide Machine. Though it's nice Big Finish is starting to build its own continuity.
"Spit's a precious commodity on Duchamp. Everything's so dry, inside and out."
"Old before our time, and aged by the dust. No one young ever comes here...this is where they send you to die." A twisted inversion of JM Barrie's Neverland.
Madame Salvadori... The names aren't the subtlest tributes to famous artists, are they? Klimp = Klimt, and Damien too, ofc.
"You will clash with the hors d'oeuvres if you wear that particular shade of green, Madame."
This feels more like a televised McCoy-era story than Genocide Machine, a little more season 25 than 26 mind.
"What's that awful screaming noise?" A tad forced.
J Binks... Yes, okay, I laughed.
"That's the sound of Dalek madness..." A force so powerful it undid the Daleks themselves and sent them mad. It's also a very good background sound effect.
"Check the hold, they say. Never check the bar, check out the cold buffet, or check to see whether the beds are comfortable. Always check the hold."
Lives aren't valued highly, as we see from Salvadori's reaction to Bootle's death.
"All a load of Jackson Pollocks if you ask me!" - as someone who really dislikes that man's art, I loved this line.
Doctor doing medical incisions makes a change…
"I'm something of a perfectionist when it comes to time."
Russell Stone’s score for the Master is a great piece.
Seven: "I'm afraid I do tend to stir things up a bit. It's a gift."
McCoy has a good chemistry with Tarrant, who's more likeable here, addressing her with the full "Beverley!" when irritated.
"Guthrie knows what happens when the planet gets angry... There weren't many of us when we first came to Duchamp. Handful of us, barely away from our mother's arms, conscripted by the Duchamp Corporation to build the new world. It was no easy colonisation; damn planet falters every step of the way. The wind and the Dust got everywhere. In machinery we thought sealed, in throats and eyes and noses.... Wind and dust... Frontier life is hard on a man...the planet gave us something to rage against."
"The Dust rose up and became a living thing. A huge fist."
"And if you've been leading me on...my chef will have such fun devising new fillings for the vol-au-vents."
The Mr Seta/Master reveal is as enjoyable as it is inevitable, as the Krill burst out of their eggs and assault Klimp. Nice to see "you will obey me" get a look-in, too.