Big Finish Productions
UNIT: The Coup

Written by Simon Guerrier Cover image
Format Compact Disc
Released 2004

Starring Nicholas Courtney

Synopsis: UNIT is finished. The UK Division prepares to cede its authority to a new organisation... but who is attempting to sabotage the hand-over?


A Review by John Seavey 30/3/06

Very slight, but what do you expect for free? Essentially a plot that sets up the "villains" for the UNIT series, a rival intelligence organization called ISIS, this series shows how ISIS is too quick to judge aliens as hostile, and how they use brutal tactics. (Brutal and stupid, actually: they torture a journalist into signing the Official Secrets Act, as though they can turn around when he reports his own torture to the press and say, "Ah, but you're in breach of this piece of paper we beat you until you signed! So... you're in trouble!")

The Brigadier wrong-foots them at a press conference that's obviously set up by the writer for the Brigadier to use to wrong-foot them at, since there's no sensible reason for two covert agencies to hold a press conference talking about their hand-over of covert responsibilities from one to the other. Fairly blah, really, and in an unforgiveable breach, David Tennant's barely in it.