"There's a ship out there, on the ocean.
"She's called 'Lankester' and every year she sails from Madagascar to New Orleans and back again. Every year. Without exception. Regular as clockwork.
"Her schedule is never behind. Her cargo is always fresh.
"This trip, she has passengers. The passengers have baggage.
"And the baggage might be just enough to sink her..."
"Cryptobiosis", by Elliot Thorpe, was originally a subscribers-only freebie and, as such, rather than being a full two-disc story, it takes the form of a single, forty-five minute, self-contained story with a small guest cast. "Cryptobiosis" is, therefore, a largely inconsequential outing but still features the high standard of music and sound design that we have come to expect from Big Finish Productions.
There's not a lot I can say about the story itself without spoiling the revelations and character twists. However, suffice it to say that the story is slightly hokey, with a somewhat incredible "creature of the week". The ending is morally ambiguous and features some slightly dubious "crazy" acting from one of the guest cast.
Although atmospheric, "Cryptobiosis" is essentially a throwaway, take-it-or-leave-it piece. Worth having for completist fans and a mildly diverting way to spend forty-five minutes, with lots of trailers for other stories on the end for good measure.