The first of three 2010 Big Finish dramas to feature The Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex is another accomplished and hugely enjoyable offering from Big Finish. The story twists and turns with a surprising and disturbing reveal that will leave at least one of the time-travellers shaken to the core.
The Seventh Doctor is firing on all cylinders here, Ace gets another opportunity to play soldier, and Hex is as gently bemused as ever. The travelling companions arrive in the middle of a fractured community and encounter an old adversary who appears to have been expecting them, whilst Hex fights for his life after sustaining a musket-ball wound during the TARDIS crews' previous adventures in Scutari.
Scott & Wright's script is terrific and the cast rise to it admirably. With excellent support from Stephen Chance as the icily subversive Nimrod, plus Maggie O'Neill and Philip Dinsdale, the three principals provide what is easily one of their best performances to date; the trilogy is also nicely set up at the end of disc two when a shocking truth is revealed and The Doctor seems to have been conducting his cosmic chess game again with devastating effects.