An interesting tale, well performed, with good ideas but somehow lacking in sufficient editing. Thinking I had not properly followed it, I listened to this twice, although frankly I should not have had to do so, and only really realised that I had heard it properly the first time. I feel that it is overly-complicated (more akin to a novel) and lacking in clarity. The strength of the writing lies in dealing with prejudice and persecution but the weaknesses are in the other alien and out of time characters and relating them across two different times. I think one aspect of the story should have been dropped and perhaps a clue comes from the misuse (by the standards of the previous story The Silver Turk (Doctor Who)
) of the Mary Shelley character; she should have stayed with the Doctor developing their awesome dynamic, and by having done that we would not have had the unconvincing scene of Shelley piloting the TARDIS.
There are plenty of good scenes for it to garner four stars, which strictly interpreted by Amazon's rating scale means "I like it". Whilst essentially a good tale, it is not always a rewarding listen because you feel you have not kept up. Therefore this is not a tale for the occasional listener or newcomer but the more exhaustive collector of McGann stories or the Doctor Who range in general.