This is the hundred and fourteenth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as old Sixie, and India Fisher as Charlotte Pollard. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of each disc.
This is a story that left me with several questions - who, what, when, how and why? It's a complicated multilayered story, that uses the mind bending plant species encountered in `The Mind's Eye' to good effect and create a story where nothing is as it seems as reality is a rare element. It's like an onion. It has many layers, as you carefully peel them back it might make you cry in parts, but you know that the end result is going to be something tasty.
The Doctor and Charlie land in the middle of a tropical jungle - but why does the TARDIS think that it is ice cold? Things soon get complicated as they encounter Thaals and Daleks, and the Doc quickly realises that not all is as it seems. The story then goes off in seemingly myriad mindbending directions as layers of reality are peeled back and gradually the hard core of truth is revealed.
The whole layered nature of the story and the inability of the Doctor to trust anything is almost a simile for the relationship he has with Charlotte. Indeed, the story is almost second place in this release to the excellent Charlie/Six story arc progression that takes place. The Doctor is aware that all is not as it seems, and is gently probing to get to the truth.
It's an excellent story, and very well acted, especially Baker and Fisher who really do wonders with their characters and bring a real depth to the relationship. You might have to listen to it a couple of times to get what is going on (I know I did!) but it really is worth 5 stars.