Another Doctor who lost story audio. These are a series of audios featuring Colin Baker as the Doctor and Nicola Bryant as his companion Peri. They take stories written for the show in the 1980's that never got to the tv screen and adapt them into audio plays.
This one has two long episodes, roughly fifty seven and sixty five minutes each, one two each of the two discs.
Set in 16th century london, Kit Marlowe is suffering from writer's block when a strange man offers him the inspiration he needs. In exchange for his help to find a stone blade from south america.
The TARDIS makes a forced landing in the city after nearly colliding with an asteroid. The Doctor and Peri are caught up with the locals, Marlowe, the authorities, and the quest for blade. An item that could spell doom for planet earth...
The two episodes here are very long, and I do prefer shorter ones, but these can be forgiven much because there's so many delights and memorable moments in each. London of the time was a dangerous and dirty place, and the script vividly creates that atmosphere. All the characters are well rounded and very believable and also very well played. Marlowe's desire to write comes over superbly thanks to that.
Judicious use of sound and music creates great atmosphere, and there are even a couple of bits of comedy thatcould have flopped but instead do manage to make you smile. Plus some very interesting aliens. It's perhaps good that this didn't get to the screen because audio can conjure up strange other astral realms, london in the rain, and crowd scenes better than bbc tv on a budget ever could.
A rich and satisfying epic and one that should benefit from future listenings.
There are roughly ten minutes of interviews with cast and crew at the end of each disc. These are worth it for an insight into the writing process that goes into this range. And a trailer for the next lost story at the start of disc one.