This is the twenty fifth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven and Sophie Aldred as Ace. 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.
I have ot say I loved this story. The Doctor and Ace find themselves trapped in Colditz Castle in 1944. The Germans want the TARDIS and the Doctor's technology for the war effort, and just who is Klein and how come she knows so much?
The story is a complicated one with a great time travelling conundrum at its heart, which reveals just how far the Doctor will go in order to protect the established history. Built around this is a classic little tale with, importantly, some really good characterisation and character development. Ace in particular gets quite a few shocks and Sophie Aldred clearly relished the opportunity to portray the teenager starting to grow up. McCoy is in top form as the ominous Doctor, making doom laden pronouncements and trying to get one step ahead of his opponents. Klein is an intriguing character, and the door is left open for her return in subsequent episodes (we had to wait nearly 10 years!). A certain David Tennant pops up as a rather nasty German guard, and though he hams it up to the rafters it is a fitting performance that really strikes a note of fear in the listener's heart. The theme of the story seems to be that actions always have consequences, as all the characters come to confront their own mistakes, it's a neat little moral and not too heavy handedly done.
I especially liked the sound production here, there really was a feeling of being in Colditz. Equally impressive is the incidental music, which seems to be some merging of the Who theme and Ron Goodwin's Where Eagles Dare main theme. It works perfectly to give an impression of a good old fashioned war movie.
5 stars for this cracking story.