fourth in the latest series of doctor who audio plays featuring paul mcgann as the eighth doctor and sheridan smith as his companion lucie miller. the story stands entirely on it's own and you can get into it without having heard earlier ones. or without having seen Doctor Who - The Ark In Space  [DVD] [1963
] the fourth doctor story that was the first to feature the wirrn, the insectoid aliens who feature in this one.
It's been likened to the movie and novel starship troopers with good reason, because it features humans fighting insect aliens. the tardis crew land in the middle of this, and are quickly forced to fight to survive when the ship they arrive on comes under attack. the doctor and lucie plus two soldiers - a hard bitten warrior and a teenage recruit - plus their feamle commander are all thrown together and end up stranded on a planet with lots of wirrn for company.
the wirrn are parasitic aliens who take over the bodies of other creatures and turn them into one of their own. can the doctor and the humans survive? and will the hidden truths about the planet come out?
the story is complete in two twenty five minute long episodes, and is absolutely gripping stuff. you're thrown right into the middle of the fighting and will feel the saem terror and confusion that lucie does. And after that the small cast means every character gets some great depth and some excellent moments, all played very well by actors colin salmon [seen in the doctor who tv episodes silence in the library and forest of the dead] and daniel anthony [clyde in the sarah jane adventures]
This story acknowledges right away that the doctor can't save the day here. all he, and everyone else - including the wirrn - can do is fight to survive. and a solution is eventually found. it raises a few moral dilemmas and it's not one you'll forget in a hurry. which is a sign of good writing.
I said the third in this season was the best so far, but this one is even better.
the disc ends with eighteen minutes worth of interviews with cast and crew. these are worth a listen not least for an interesting tale from the writer as to how your opinions of the show can change over time. and a short trailer for the next release in the series. I'm looking forward to it