Another Doctor who lost story audio. These take stories that were written for the tv show but never got made, and turn them into audio plays. This one features Colin Baker as the Doctor and Nicola Bryant as his companion Peri.
It runs for four episodes, spread over two discs. Episode length is twenty five to thirty minutes approx. Which is a nice change from some of the long two part stories earlier in this series.
The story sees the TARDIS crew caught up in an interstellar whale hunt, as a whaling spaceship tracks down a space whale [It can be said without any spoilers that there is no tie in between this and a recent episode of the tv show]. With an embittered captain on the whaler and something lurking in the bottom of the ship, the Doctor and Peri have a fight on their hands to save the space whale.
And that's before they get closer to the creature itself, and into some strange territory....
This doesn't feel like it's been written for audio or adapted to make it work for the medium. It feels like a pretty straight translation of a tv script. And that's what makes it work quite well. Because by being a standard story for the tv show you know what you're going to get, and thus it zips along quite nicely and pushes all the right buttons. It considers the issues of whaling and makes other points about the economic situation and the like without ever hammering them home. There are several characters who are potential comedy relief and they are genuinely entertaining without ever going over the top.
It does get into some strange territory in the third episode and that plus some shenanigans with time mean you have to pay close attention at points, but audio can create the visuals of these moments in your mind far better than tv ever could, so this comes off okay. Also all the supporting characters do have believable motivations, and the story does move along as a result of those.
Not an outstanding release, but a well paced and rather entertaining one.
There are roughly eighteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew at the end of each disc. This may sound long but the details of the writing process and why this never got to tv are absorbing listening and that makes them zip along. And there's a trailer for the next release in the series at the start of disc one.