As any fan of the classic Dr Who series knows, in eighties it was unceremoniously taken off the air after revelation of the Daleks, and scripts for the planned next series which had already been commissioned were scrapped. After an 18 month wait the show returned with trial of a Time Lord, and the unmade Colin Baker episodes seemed doomed to never be made.
Until now. Big Finish have located all 8 original scripts, adapted them for audio and recorded them with Colin Baker as 6 and Nicola Bryant as Peri. This should be a fascinating series of releases.
6 and Peri have been dragged to Blackpool, where they are having a fun time until they realise that there are some dodgy goings on at the Pleasure Beach. The Doctor soon finds an old enemy, the Celestial Toy Maker at the heart of things and finds he has been brought there for a diabolical purpose.
This is an excellent production all round. The script really evokes the feel of the TV series of the time. Baker does an excellent job of rolling back the years. His Doctor has developed quite a bit in the Big Finish releases, but here he goes back to how it was in the 80s, recapturing the character perfectly. He is full of energy, determination and compassion. It's a great performance, especially the Doctor's reaction to a rollercoaster, and his final line.
Plaudits must also go to David Baillie as the villain of the piece. His performance is charming and menacing in equal parts, making the perfect foe for the Doctor.
An excellent production, well worth getting for any fans of the 80's series. Hopefully the other 7 stories in this set of releases will be as good. There is a second set of Lost Story productions planned, which will include the Sylvester McCoy season that had been planned to follow `Survival'. Given how his final season had developed I cannot wait to see what that is like!