latest doctor who audio play, featuring the seventh doctor and his companions ace and hex. this one follows on from the events in the preceding play Doctor Who: Enemy of the Daleks (Dr Who Big Finish)
but it fills in enough detail so that those who havent heard that one should be able to get into this easily.
running for four twenty five minute episodes spread over two discs, this story sees the tardis arrive in a british military hospital during the crimean war. florence nightingale is on her way, but in the meantime hex, a trained nurse, takes the chance to do some good. which he needs, after what he went through in enemy of the daleks.
Thing is, some of the people at the hospital already know the doctor. and when he and ace go back a little further in time to find why, they get themselves into a lot of trouble. can hex survive meeting his idol, the lady of the lamp? and will the tardis crew survive possible execution and spies and be reunited?
the only science fiction elements in this are the tardis and the time travelling. the rest is a straight historical and character drama. and in that respect it works superbly. full of believable and well acted characters who have very human reactions to the events that go on around them, and also well researched historical details, this is a strong piece of character drama and it grips superbly as a result. the non linear nature of the story may be slightly difficult to get to grips with at first but it rewards listener effort in the end.
and you will not forget the end of episode four in a hurry.
There's a scene after the final credits which doesnt add anything to the plot but it's another well acted strong character moment, so it's worth a listen to.
As is the whole story. It's a quality piece of drama.
disc one ends with fourteen minutes worth of interviews with cast and crew. this is half the length of some they've done on previous releases but frankly less is more here.
The end of disc two contains episode three of the three companions, a story being told in thirteen eleven minute long episodes, one to each monthly big finish release. this story is progressing now those who haven't heard parts one and two may not be able to get into this instalment.
but if you have, then it's a story that is progressing quite well. former companion polly is telling a story of how she and the doctor and friends ran into trouble on a nightmare planet. which is a superbly original and well realised setting. at the same time former fifth doctor audio companion thomas brewster is waiting for contact from a man. And you'll start to see how the stories will tie together. all in all, this one is progressing nicely.
And all in all, another strong release from big finish, who have really been on top of their game so far this year.