The first three series of Gallifrey provided some complex political thrillers, great performances, and strong ideas. Series 4 proved to be a big let down, as the plot thread 'cliffhangers' at the end of the series 3 were brushed aside, and the stories moved on to a series of alternative versions of Gallifrey. The performances were good, but the series was a great disappointment. Series 5 was, according to the makers, Big Finish, going to feature the 'real' Gallifrey,and get the series back on track. Sadly, this is not the case. The three dull stories are set again on an alternative Gallifrey, despite assurances from Big Finish. The first CD seems to be a very feeble attempt to duplicate parts of the earlier series, with a wicked female villain looking to secure power, but this pointless tale carries nothing of the drama provided by earlier series with Lynda Bellingham. CD 2 seems to be 60 minutes in search of material to fill its running length, while the last CD is a week political thriller which seeks to out-dull the other discs and boasts the most silly of pantomime villains, is this a series for intelligent adults or not? Based on this disc, the answer is regretfully a resounding 'no'. All that made the first three series so good is here re-presented in a kind of pale imitation, a ghastly 'Groundhog Day' that provides little to enjoy. The scripts do not have anything to offer, the plots don't excite, and of course it is all set on another alternative Gallifrey. I feel badly let down by both the publicity for this release, and its content. Last year Big Finish produced the splendid Dark Eyes set; past successes have included Dalek Empire, Davros, and two sets of Sarah Jane adventures. Gallifrey, across its first three series, was a joy to hear. Series 5 of Gallifrey is not a return to form, and is best avoided.