This is the hundred and seventy first release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford as Six and Mel. There are four episodes, roughly 30 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the second disc and a few minutes of the soundtrack at the end of disc 1.
This is the third of a loose trilogy of adventures following the Sixth Doctor and Mel. The previous two were excellent, and the quality is kept up here. I won’t go into the story, as that would involve spoilers. It is, however, the most ambitious of the three, with a dark tone and action that spans galaxies. The Doctor and Mel are pitted against the Eminence, a foe created by Big Finish in this release, and one that I think has great potential and should be used again.
The way in which the story is unfolded and information given to the audience is unusual, but instead of feeling gimmicky it keeps you hooked and desperate to hear the next chapter to find out what is going on. Baker, as usual, is superb. He is called upon to play the Doctor in a way that his Doctor is very rarely portrayed – with genuine fear about something. His performance hits all the right notes.
This is a great, epic, sweeping finale to this trilogy, just the way it should be. The Sixth Doctor has had a few really good trilogies recently that have made excellent use of Baker allied to a range of companions. I have to say that I generally look forward to a Sixth Doctor release a lot more than either a Fifth or Seventh these days. Well done Colin, keep up the good work! 5 stars for this cracking release and I look forward eagerly to the next 6th Doc trilogy.