Latest Doctor Who audio story. Featuring Sylvester Mccoy as the seventh doctor, with his companions Ace and Hex.
Although this is billed as the third part of a trilogy, following on from Dr Who: A Death in the Family
this is pretty much stand alone, with only one throwaway line referencing the previous story. And it shouldn't confuse casual listeners so anyone should be able to get into this quite easily.
There are four episodes, running each for roughly twenty five minutes, spread over two discs.
The story sees the TARDIS visit a remote island off Alaska, in 1934. An island that wasn't there a few years before.
On this island is an expedition exploring a vast, twisted citadel. Stories have it that monsters live inside, sleeping. And that the world will end should they wake...
Hidden agendas and treachery await the expedition as they get closer to their objective.
And there's also an asylum to be found nearby. Where one of the patients is a pulp fiction writer who appears to have a slender grip on reality.
The secrets of the island are about to be unearthed.
This story makes no secret of being an HP Lovecraft homage. Ancient monsters and texts. remote locations. People driven to the edge of sanity. But it ticks all the right boxes and does it very well, leading to some very creepy moments. Michael Brandon turns in a strong performance as CP Doveday, a man on the edge of sanity.
A few interesting twists and turns await, as do some creepy moments.
The incidental music can be a bit intrusive at points and a slight suspension of disbelief is required to make the outdoor scenes come to life, but those are minor complaints.
And after recent story arcs for the companions were resolved in previous releases, both are strong and determined individuals here, which gives them good moments.
Not the most original or classic bit of Doctor Who ever, but a very professional production and a very good listen.
There's a trailer for the next release The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories (Doctor Who)
at the end of part four, and after that are fifteen minutes worth of very good interviews with the writer and the cast.