This is the hundred and twenty seventh release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. This is the first in a trilogy of three linked adventures centred around the village of Stockbridge. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the first disc. There is a treat for regular listeners in the form of the eighth 10 minute segment of a twelve part adventure called `The Three Companions' on the end of disc 2.
Watching a traditional play in late Victorian Stockbridge, The Doctor and Nyssa are astonished to find that there are references in the centuries old text to a certain Doctor, Lord of Time and Space, and his blue chariot. The next thing they know, they are back in Stockbridge's early history, helping the local Lord (fresh back from the Crusades) to regain his Castle from Demons, aided by various peasants and Roland of Normandy.
It's a hugely enjoyable adventure, mixing traditional Who with a large dash of Monty Python (perhaps, as Davison points out in an interview on the disc, as a homage to his time as King Arthur in Spamalot). Davison and Nyssa get right into the spirit of it, Davison in particular proving quite adept at the comedy. Nyssa gets some character development, and we see her start to work independently of the Doctor, with her own plans to bring about victory. John Sessions quite obviously has a blast in his role as the arrogant Roland in a hilarious performance. It's a breathless run around adventure, with a lot of laughs (and absolutely TERRIBLE puns) along the way. 5 stars for this really enjoyable romp, right up there with the Kingmaker.