Latest Doctor Who audio story, and the start of a new trilogy of them featuring Sylvester Mccoy as the Seventh Doctor, along with Sophie Aldred and Philip Olivier as his companions Ace and Hex.
This run of three stories promises to pull together long running plot strands that have been going in the Seventh Doctor audios for quite some time. And should also make you see last year's Seventh Doctor on his own trilogy in a different light. Casual listeners may not have too much trouble getting into it, though, but it is probably much better for those who are regular listeners to this range.
It runs for four episodes of twenty five to thirty minutes each [approx] and is spread over two discs.
When this was recorded Sylvester Mccoy's availability was restricted by his work on the feature film version of the Hobbit, so the writing had to work around that. And they've done it rather well in a clever fashion.
The story sees Ace and Hex finding themselves alone in the TARDIS which is in danger. And when it lands they are in the north of England back in the 1980's. They meet a pleasant old married couple who are making preparations to survive impending nuclear war. As the world moves to the brink of it when the hardline Russian leadership sends in the troops as the soviet union and it's satellite states threaten to break up.
None of which is recorded history for Ace and Hex.
Can they survive? Find out what's really going on here? And most importantly: where is the Doctor?
This is very much a showcase for the Ace and Hex relationship, and the two come over like a brother and sister. The fact that the two actors have played alongside each other for quite some time now, and the quality of the writing, means that these scenes are very good indeed.
The story will also strike a chord with anyone who remembers the time period and all the talked about actions you should take in the event of a nuclear strike. This leads to the first cliffhanger, which is absolutely one of the most terrifying ever.
As to what's really going on here....things do then take some interesting twists and turns.
The story does resolve some of the immediate situation but be aware that it does end on a cliffhanger. And you will get more out of that by being a regular follower of this range. There are tantalising hints of a much bigger story, andf there's clearly more of that to come. In Black and White (Doctor Who)
part two of this trilogy. And there's a trailer for it after the end of part four on disc two.
There are sixteen minutes worth of music from the story on the final track on disc one.
And fifteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the final track of disc two.
This story is a very strong one in it's own right, and a tantalising part of something bigger, with an ending that will make you desperate to find what happens next. It's well worth five stars.