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A matter of faith
on 26 December 2004
This is the first story in what we are now told will be the 3rd and final season of 8th Doctor audio's by Big Finish, and continues with the (rather boring) quest of the Doctor, Charley and C'rizz through the mysterious interzones to find the missing TARDIS. Beyond this rambling backstory the main thrust of this adventure concerns the Multihaven - a settlement where the multiplicity of different faiths is celebrated, but the mysterious cult leader Laan Carder is rapidly converting all to his own religion...
The story deals with some interesting issues of blind faith, with some clever plays on people being literally 'converted' after 'seeing the light', and it hits all the right dramatic notes, but ultimately it turns out to be a fairly predictable Doctor Who romp, with a poorly explained parasitic evil alien being revealed as the menace. On the positive side new (ish) companion C'rizz gets a fairly healthy amount of action for once, with the murder of his girlfriend back in his introductory story finally being addressed (better late than never), though the fact that he is himself a monk is never really addressed, which for a play about religion is odd.
Well performed, with some nice underlying ideas, but ultimately a fairly standard adventure.