First released in 2007, this is the third episode of a of the second season of standalone releases for Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor outside of the monthly range of Big Finish releases. This is a one disc release, with a single 50 minute episode. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc.
This is another really fun release for Paul McGann's tiggerish Eighth Doctor and Sheridan Smith's resourceful and fun Lucie Miller. Jonathan Clements has devised a script that has a lot of humour and great one liners, but at it's heart there is a real darkness, and a great situation that really challenges the Doctor.
The TARDIS lands in 2008. But just why do the locals in the seaside town think that it is 1991? And where is the sea? And why do people keep disappearing? And who is in the armoured trucks?
This is a story that plays with expectations. I was expecting some sort of time-loop timey-wimey story of the sort we have heard before, but just as I thought I had the tale nailed down the plot twisted away from me. And at every turn just as I thought I had a handle on the story I was proved wrong. After listening to nearly two hundred Dr Who adventures on audio it is a rare story that can play with my expectations and seem so original these days. The cast obviously realise that the script is a cracker, and give it their all, especially the principles, who continue to impress as one of the best TARDIS crews ever.
An excellent adventure, mixing fun with darkness and presenting the Doctor with a real problem. 5 stars.