A new Doctor Who audio story. This one features Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor and Sophie Aldred as his companion Ace.
It runs for four parts, and is spread across two cds. Each part runs for twenty nine minutes [approx].
It's the third in a trilogy of stories all set in 1963. But beyond the year of the setting it doesn't tie in with the first two releases in the trilogy in any way, and casual listeners should be able to get into this one easily without having heard anything else.
Various continuity references to tv stories will doubtless be familiar to any listener.
The story features Group Captain Gilmore, plus scientists Alison and Rachel. All seen in the tv story 'Remembrance of the Daleks.' This group of characters have gone on to feature in their own spin off series Counter-Measures: Series One. This story takes place prior to the first Counter-measures audio. For those characters. For the Doctor and Ace, it is in between tv stories 'The Greatest Show in the Galaxy' and 'Battlefield.'
The days when she still trusted him implicitly.
This story sees Gilmore trying to get funding to set up his counter-measures group. And to persuade the ladies to join it. At the same time, a new British missile called Starfire is about to be tested. When murder and secrets land Gilmore in the middle of a conspiracy, he crosses paths with the Doctor and Ace once again. As they unearth a dangerous plot to change the world...
Gilmore is a character who grabs right from the off. A man almost out of his depth but able to be astute and to adapt he's a strong creation and very well played. This has some excellent period detail. Lots of fun moments with anachronistic references and using time travel to the full effect.
And it all feels so very British with it.
Hugh Ross turns in a compelling performance as Gilmore's superior. A man perhaps not totally trustworthy but well adept at playing the game of politics.
The first episode does feel a couple of minutes too long, as it leads up to a clever cliffhanger.
But then what is a four star release for parts one and two really clicks in part three with some superb revelations and clever plotting. The clues are all there. But you probably won't see much of it coming.
All this results in an exciting finale.
A cracking good listen and an excellent end to this trilogy, it's well worth five stars.
Be sure to listen to the extra scene after the credits of part four.
There's fifteen minutes worth of music from the story on the last track of disc one.
A trailer for the next release in this range on the track after the end of part four.
And fifteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the track after that.