Latest Doctor who audio story, featuring Colin Baker as the Doctor and Frazer Hines as his companion Jamie McCrimmon. Final part of a trilogy that started with Dr Who City of Spires CD (Dr Who Big Finish) (Doctor Who)
then continued with Dr Who the Wreck of the Titan CD (Dr Who Big Finish) (Doctor Who)
and also had a side story in between these two with Dr Who Nights Black Agents CD (Dr Who Big Finish Companion) (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)
. The first two need to be heard in order to really get the most out of this story but nights black agents is only referenced briefly in this one and isn't quite as much required listening. Although it is very good.
The first two parts of this trilogy felt as if they were all set up for something bigger. And the cliffhanger ending to wreck of the titan certainly confirmed that. Those who know their Doctor who continuity will get more out of this story than those who don't. And there are also some very clever bits of self reference and fourth wall breaking that will also appeal to fandom.
If you've not heard the earlier parts of the trilogy go and get them before listening to this.
But if you have, then you'll find a story that was more than worth waiting for.
The four episodes, spread over two discs, run twenty nine to thirty five minutes each. They see the Doctor battling his old enemies the Cybermen in a place that is rather familiar. They see him have reunions. They see incredibly inventive and stunning battle scenes that couldn't have been achieved on a tv budget even with cgi effects. They touch on the way the Doctor regards past companions in a moving manner. They feature characters being so incredibly brave that you can't help but cheer them on. And they have some of the best incidental music ever. The tune to go with the march of the Cybermen is superb.
They will also make you look at the earlier parts of the trilogy in a whole new light.
Not much more can be said without spoilers and I wouldn't want to spoil this one because there's so much in it that it's all a delight to discover. A superb finale to the trilogy.
There are roughly nine minutes worth of the incidental music on the final track of disc one and roughly nine minutes worth of interviews with cast and crew on the final track of disc two. That's shorter than usual for this range but they do manage to get some good material in so it's worth a listen.
The next Doctor who audio sees another return for old companions as the Fifth Doctor Nyssa Tegan and Turlough are together again in Cobwebs (Doctor Who)
a trailer for which can be found at the start of disc one on this release.