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The Nowhere Place: Are we really going nowhere?
on 13 February 2013
This is the eighty fourth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six and Maggie Stables as Evelyn. There are 4 episodes, roughly 30-35 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.
I have really mixed feelings about this adventure. It starts out in an intriguing and well put together story set aboard a space ship in the near future. There is a mysterious door, and people are irresistibly being drawn to walk through it, but to where? Baker plays a Doctor faced by things he cannot understand, and that are truly frightening for him. I love this idea of the Doctor being truly frightened, and Baker plays it beautifully. The forst segment has a feeling of terrible inevitability, as more and more people are drawn through the door and the Doctor is helpless, until finally the inevitable happens and Evelyn hears the call.
In the third episode the story starts to fall apart a little, suddenly switching to a very Agatha Christie episode set on a steam train in the 1950s. Then all of a sudden we are back into the future, and after all the interesting set up there is a bit of a soggy final episode in which explanations are made which I didn't really follow. The resolution however is interesting, and especially the effect that it has on the Doctor.
In all after a good start it sags a bit. Things are saved somewhat by an excellent performance from Baker, showing an unusually fearful side to the Doctor, as well as some very deep regret at the end. There is also a very strong performance from Maggie Stables, who shows just how much Evelyn has grown in her time with the Doctor. 3 stars.