This is the eighty ninth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Philip Schofield as Hex. There are 4 episodes, roughly 30-35 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.
The Doctor, Ace and Hex find themselves in the middle of the First World War, investigating a murder that hasn't happened yet in a hospital with some very odd goings on going on.
It's a mixed bag of a story. There are lots of good ideas and the story keeps going off in interesting new directions, but too many of these fizzle out or are never referred to again. There is some excellent acting, especially from an in form McCoy and Michael Cochrane as the deranged yet civilised hospital commander. Philip Olivier and Sophie Aldred show the developing big sis younger brother relationship between Ace and Hex, and get to explore the effects of travelling with the Doctor on the characters. The production is superb, and at times delivers some genuine scares and a real sense of atmosphere. But too many really good ideas are just squandered. The origin of the Doctor's mysterious orders are not convincing, the effects of Hex's treatment could have been more effectively explored, more could have been made of a fascinating tale told by the Captain, etc, etc.
In all 4 stars. There are some brilliant bits here, and it is well worth getting, but the petering out of so many good ideas just drags it down a bit for me.