Another audio in the companions chronicles series, wherein actors who played doctor who companions in years gone by read talking book style stories featuring their doctor who character. This time it's the turn of lalla ward, who reprises the role of the second romana, who she played alongside tom baker from 1979-1980. As with the rest of this range, the story is a little over an hour long, and has one guest actor. This one is divided into four episodes of varying length.
In the story the fourth doctor and romana and K9 arrive at a health spa on an alien world, and find someone is taking making people slim and beautiful to rather dangerous extremes..
the first episode is great fun and very much in keeping with the style of the tv stories of that time, in that it's bizarre and teeters on the edge of farce without quite going that far.
In episodes two and three romana is alone and investigating things, and these aren't quite as good as part one, as they tend to be exposition heavy and go round in circles, romana going from one dangerous trap to another. although there are good moments for the supporting characters in these episodes, so it's not all wasted.
the doctor reappears in part four, and things then return to the style of part one. the doctor getting such a splendid monologue that you really wish tom baker was in this so you could hear him say it.
A fun little audio and very much in keeping with the style of that particular who era, although the middle two episodes aren't as good as parts one and four. It would work a little better if parts two and three were merged into one. But it's still quite entertaining