The Doctor and Charley arrive in Italy as the country celebrates its 1982 World Cup victory. But something more sinister lurks behind the revels: two aliens – Threllips – are scouting the Earth for conquest and colonization. And while the Threllips have the strength of a dozen humans, technology at least on a par with the Sontarans, and the willpower to subjugate the entire human race, they’re also a little short on brainpower. With that in mind, the Doctor and Charley set the pair of invaders up to fail under the weight of their own egos.
written by Scott Gray
directed by Gary Russell
music by David Darlington
Cast: Paul McGann (The Doctor), India Fisher (Charley), Stephen Perring (Vendorr / Italian Bloke), Conrad Westmaas (Thon)
Timeline: between The Chimes Of Midnight and Seasons Of Fear
LogBook entry and TheatEar review by Earl Green
Review: A little bit of free annual fun from Big Finish Productions and Doctor Who Magazine, Living Legend is about as goofy as an eighth Doctor tale has gotten in the audio medium: it’s not just silly, it’s very silly, a nice bit of traditionally-flavored fun that veers away from the heaviness of the regular audio release that same month (Zagreus), and it’s certainly at the opposite end of the spectrum where the total running time is concerned.
Filling out the disc is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Zagreus itself, hosted by India Fisher and featuring numerous interviews with cast and crew. Diehard fans will probably glean more from the documentary than from Living Legend itself, though given the heaviness of the story about which the documentary was made, Living Legend is actually refreshing.