Latest Doctor who audio adventure is the second in a trilogy for Sylvester Mccoy's Seventh Doctor, alongside his companions Ace and Hex.
This consists of four episodes running in length from twenty eight to thirty six minutes approx and is spread over two cd's.
It follows on directly from the end of the first part in the trilogy Project: Destiny (Doctor Who)
and like that it serves to wrap up loose ends that have run through the seventh doctor audios for years. Thus it's not one for casual listeners to get into easily. It also sees the return of a villain called nobody no one, who first appeared in Forty Five (Doctor Who)
. But he's well enough introduced so you won't be confused if you haven't heard that one.
Oh, and sixth doctor audio companion Evelyn Smythe also turns up. Because she has a part to play in loose end tying up.
The story sees the Doctor forced to fight nobody no one. He's a word lord. A being from a universe where the laws of physics are verbal, and words have power. Thus one well chosen phrase can literally change reality. He's also quite dangerously made. A great performance from actor Ian Reddington in the role really convinces you of this.
The word lord banks on the fact that there are things the Doctor will never do.
And then the Doctor promptly does.
The consquences for all concerned take people across the universe, see them fall in love and make new friends. And time passing.
But as ever with the seventh doctor, there's more going on than initially meets the eye.
You can't say more about the plot without spoilers. And it's a very clever plot too. It does sag a little in part three where the narrative has to get through a lot and Ace do things that are a bit over familiar, but all this is righted by some very clever exposition in part four. Then we get right to the heart of the seventh doctor as an old friend chides him for his new ways, and you find out why he is the way he is.
So in addition to clever plotting there's a lot of character drama to be had as all the main characters go through a lot of emotional trauma. All the cast rise to that superbly.
You may need to listen to this more than once to take it all in. But that should be a pleasure.
There's an eight minute long interview with the writer at the end of disc two.
And a trailer for the final part of the trilogy Lurkers at Sunlight's Edge (Doctor Who)
at the beginning of disc one.