At the end of the previous cd in the Series 2, Spirit, Romana and Leela have arranged to bring back the `broken man', the mysterious Timelord who arrived on Davidia and appeared to be trying to warn them of something. The regenerative mutagen which has infected him is held in stasis, but how are Romana and her colleagues going to be able to find out who the Timelord is or was, and what happened to him?
In the meantime Inquisitor Darkel is becoming more proactive in her attempts to discredit and remove Romana from her Presidency. Just how far is she prepared to go to get what she wants? And whose side is Narvin on? Meanwhile, Andred remains at large in the vaults under the Citadel. And the new Castellan Wynter just may be naïve enough to give Darkel the opportunity she's looking for.
This is a great episode (2.3) in the Series 2 storyline, which revolves so far around the embodiment of the Imperiatrix, Pandora. The individual timelords are playing their own games, and Gallifrey may be the price they all have to pay. What happened to the `broken man' is horrific, and I was rather glad I couldn't actually see him at the time; the sounds were quite enough.
The characters are, as always, well drawn and brilliantly acted - Lalla Ward as Romana, Louise Jameson as Leela, John Leeson as K9 who plays a pivotal role in these stories, Miles Richardson as Braxiatel, Lynda Bellingham as Darkel and Sean Carlsen as Narvin are regulars. But Castellan Wynter, played by Ian Hallard is great in this story. A great episode in the Series 2 story, and I look forward to the next one, Insurgency.