This is the hundred and fourth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five, Nicola Bryant as Peri and Caroline Morris as Erimem. There are 4 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.
Five, Peri and Erimem respond to a distress signal from a Martian Ambassador and find themselves about to crash land on Peladon. As usual when the Doc visits the planet they are soon mixed up in courtly intrigue and lots of mysterious goings on. But what lies behind it all will come as a real surprise.
This is another strong story for this TARDIS crew. It has a strong and exciting opening on the space ship about to crash, it is well plotted and structured with some great cliff hanger moments, there is plenty for all three principles to do and the McGuffin at the heart of the story is a real corker. I rather like the way that the Ice Warriors are used, continuing Peri's experience of them as an honourable race. In Son of the Dragon, In the Mind's Eye and Mission of the Viyrans the Big Finish team have been hinting heavily at Erimem's departure, and I don't think I am spoiling anything by saying that it comes to pass here. But, as with The Girl Who Never Was, the writers play around with your expectations and keep you guessing as to the nature of her departure right up to the end. When it does come it is totally fitting. It's a shame to see the end of the TARDIS crew, as Erimem was a character who had not yet outlived her welcome. But perhaps it was better to go out on a high. And Peri's final line in the adventure is a treat for long term fans!
It's a well made story, and a fitting end for a great character. 5 stars.
It is a shame that there are no cd extras with cast/production team interviews as are common on contemporary releases, as I think there would have been some interesting insights to be had with this landmark release.