Following the somewhat lumbering and unsteady start of 'Hunters of Earth', 'Shadow of Death' - the second installment of the 'Destiny of the Doctor' audio epic - thankfully gets the series on track. Simon Guerrier has proved himself to be one of the most assured writers for Big Finish's Companion Chronicles, and he scores another solid hit here. The storyline features the 2nd Doctor, Jamie and Zoe investigating a structure left by a vanished civilisation on a planet orbiting a pulsar, with the resulting violent gravitational effects causing time distortion. Despite the touches of humour in the interplay between Jamie and the Doctor, on the whole this story is firmly in serious SF mode, and all the better for it. A deadly shadow creature provides elements of 'base under seige' genre, with time moving at different speeds in various parts of the base adding a nice additional variation, but this is more thoughtful stuff than runaround adventure, with an exposition-heavy ending to match. Fraser Hines is his usual capable self as the main narrator, with his Troughton impression occasionally coming very close to replicating the spirit of the much-missed 2nd Doctor. Given the similarities between Matt Smith's portrayal of the Doctor and Patrick Troughton, it's also charming that the linking section of the audio sees Doctors 2 and 11 coming face to face - if only for a moment. It's still too early to say exactly how the eleven part 'Destiny of the Doctor' series will link together as a whole, but this installment works well as a standalone adventure, with no story strands follwed through from the first story, and only the vaguest of hints at any future ongoing narrative. Recommended.