This is the twenty eighth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Paul McGann as Eight and India Fisher as Charlotte Pollard. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.
This release marks the start of the second miniseries of Eighth Doc stories, and there is a loose story arc running through the series revolving around Charlotte Pollard's rescue from the R101 by the Doc back in their first adventure. The arc has a greater presence on some stories than others, and here it is almost unmentioned.
It's a story that finds Big Finish at their best. The writer, Mark Gatiss, has had a brilliant idea, and has worked it up into a gem of a script. The Doctor and Charlie land in 1930s New York, on the day that Orson Welles makes his infamous War Of The Worlds broadcast. But there's a twist - while Welles is panicking America with his broadcast of alien invasion, there is a real invasion taking place... Eight and Charlie start off having a little fun playing at gumshoe detectives, but soon get involved in a plot that includes mobsters, Nazis, Russians, aliens and a real threat to the world.
The script is superb, with a nice resolution and an interesting concept for the aliens. I loved it. McGann gets right into the part, and plays the Doc with his usual sense of fun, vigour and heroism. Charlotte proves to be a companion in the classic mould, able to give as good as she gets and enjoying the ride. It's a classic BF piece, and worth 5 stars.