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hospital of horrors
on 11 October 2007
Another audio adventure for the seventh doctor who, with his companions ace and hex. In this story, the tardis arrives in the middle of europe during world war one. At a british military hospital, behind the lines, the doctor has to investigate a murder. That has yet to be committed. And what sinister experiments are taking place there?
Split into four episodes over two discs, this is a very long story, but it's compelling enough that it means the episodes never outstay their welcome. the almost total absence of incidental music for a lot of the tale adequately creates the atmosphere of a hospital. And the story benefits from having no aliens involved whatsoever. The only characters here are human. Some of whom are monsters in a certain way. And all are very well written and played, particularly by michael cochrane who plays the leader of the place.
Ace and hex don't fare that well in this story because the script does at times struggle to find things for them to do. A plotline involving hex rather fizzles out, and some of the big finish writers are better than others at writing this newer, older, ace. But she comes across quite well here.
Be prepared to suspend your disbelief in part four when there's a chase sequence. not something it's easy to convey on audio. As a whole, this is a good and compelling story that well describes the horrors of war and the effect they have on people. But be aware that the end will not make a lot of sense if you haven't been keeping up with the other seventh doctor audio stories