This is the hundred and sixty second release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Philip Olivier as Hex. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the second disc and a few minutes of the soundtrack at the end of disc 1.
This is an atmospheric and chilling story that unnerves from the very first and just gets darker. The Doctor is mysteriously missing from the TARDIS, then Ace and Hex are deposited in a disturbing situation – it’s England in the 1980’s, and there is a nuclear war going on. This is not the history that either of them remember. The tale evolves into an intense and claustrophobic little story as Ace and Hex take up shelter with an elderly couple in their homebuilt shelter. But, as ever, everything is not as it seems and there is a dark scheme of the Doctor’s behind everything. But where is the Doctor?
Cleverly constructed around the old protect and survive public information videos, and owing a little to Raymond Briggs’ ‘Blowing in the Wind’, this is perhaps the darkest, and most disturbing Doctor Who story I have seen or heard. The pitch perfect performances of Sophie Aldred and Philip Olivier really builds the tension, and the whole thing manages to cover the absence of McCoy (then off in New Zealand filming the Hobbit) really nicely, his appearance kept to a minimum with a few lines here and there that suggest some dark scheme going on.
It’s a dark and disturbing piece, which will make you laugh and cry. Absolutely brilliant, 5 stars.