I was going to review this a good while back when i first heard it. But, due to whatever reason, it took till now and my second listen. And i am very glad i waited. For this is a fantastic story. The first time round i clearly...just didn't get it. Its difficult to explain. The first time round i percieved it as a pointless escapade with lots of shouting about the Brainworm and lots of violent head-meltings. On second listening, you appreciate something...so much more potent about it. Particularly the Brainworm...which, in my opinion is one of the best monsters...of AUDIO. You don't need to see it (indeed, you can't) to know its there and that it means business. The sound crew excel here - the unrelenting menace of the brainworm is brought about by audio cues and a superb soundtrack. However, this being audio, you always hope for a standout moment; whether it be one of the spectacular cliffhangers or simply one of the Doctor's quotes...well in this one, you certainly won't be disapointed. The "I JUST WANT TO GET OUT OF HERE" line had me grinning like an idiot on the London Underground. It was brilliant.
Some of the ideas are magnificently realised; the Cube itself, a prison for Psykes (psychological soldiers) - and the sense of inescapability and claustrophobia never more so heightened.
Paul McGann is excellent, showing a little edgier side than the normal, yet retaining his hilarious immaturity. The supporting cast are all as good as can be expected, although i am getting tired of C'Rizz now. Charley is the doc's companion and can stay as long as she wants, but come on C'Rizz, lets have your dark secret revealed and be done with it.
Shhh listen...here that music...that means...that means...its coming. Its the Brainworm...