So, we’ve started the fifth season of Lady Penelope’s Odyssey. At the end of the previous season, Penelope, the Doctor and the three other surviving Time Lords (Drax, Susan and, yes, Mortimus) found themselves on the world once known as Logopolis, with a new Eye of Harmony at their disposal… and the Great Responsibility of acting as the new Guardians of Time. The dream once made by Penelope’s father, the renegade Time Lord Merlin, had become a reality – a dream known as Avalon.
As the title of this new season might imply, one of its main themes will be the construction of this new society and the challenges faced by its architects and their allies. Will Avalon become the new Gallifrey – or something else entirely? And now that the Black and White Guardians have retired into eternal abstraction, what new menaces and old enemies will appear on the cosmic stage of this Brave New Universe? And what will Penelope become? Will she keep on adventuring in time and space, act as the premier agent of Avalon, take on the mantle of her father or follow another path entirely? The future is unwritten – for now.
Here are the blurbs of the three episodes we’ve played so far:
Episode 1: When in Rome…
Lady Penelope takes her new travelling companion Bernice Ashworth to the Glory that was Rome in 78 AD, under the reign of Emperor Vespasian – time for another Roman mystery, a tale of past and future, omens and oracles, destiny and history, featuring the two Plinys.
Episode 2: Heretics of Karn
Sacred Flame, Sacred Fire… we all know the litany. But things are no longer as they once were within the Sisterhood of Karn; as Lady Penelope unravels a web of secrets and lies, an ancient menace rises from the flames to challenge the power of the new Lords of Time.
Episode 3: Zeitgeist
Following the trying events on Karn, Penelope takes a vacation in one of her favorite times and places: Vienna in the 1900s… but when the artist Gustav Klimt meets a truly untimely and utterly sordid death, the Time Lady knows that only she can save the Spirit of the Age…