Third in the latest series of audio plays featuring Paul Mcgann as the Doctor and Sheridan Smith as his companion Lucie Miller. This story is complete on one disc in two episodes of roughly twenty five minutes duration each, followed by interviews with cast and crew and a trailer for the next release in this range.
The story also stands entirely on it's own so you can get into this without having heard any of the earlier ones.
Set in the black forest in 1827 it's like something out of the brothers grimm. A small town in the woods is being terrorised by a monster. There are chases through woods. A castle. A Baron who knows more than he's telling. And a mob of angry villagers.
Although this uses familiar elements it's a great listen because it uses them all so very well. The supporting characters and the actors who play them are all very good, the atmosphere of the story is superb. And the two leads have some great chemistry and lines together. I could probably listen to this many times and still discover great lines I've forgotten.
Whilst it slips into more conventional Doctor Who territory in part two, after some surprising revelations at the end of part one, it's still highly entertaining anyhow. There are some decent ideas on display here and a few clever references for those who know german literature and legend.
Best in the season so far and really worth a listen