So now we hit the two-part end of season. We start with Lucie in a hotel on her own in 2015, the Doctor side-tracked with an off-course space probe. Lucie wanders off and bumps into Karen of all people. After an initial 'distrust' Lucie finds that Karen has joined a cult - the Eight Fold Truth. Despite some scepticism, Lucie is persuaded to go to an assessment at which, via the use of a healing crystal, Lucie begins to seriously question her relationship with the Doctor and their future.
Meanwhile the Doctor realises that something serious is wrong, tries to contact Lucie who by now is seriously brainwashed and has found out she is 'the one'. She has now time for the Doctor, and this is a really strong piece of acting and scripting.
As the action plays out, the Doctor tries to find Lucie via the cult and finds support in the guise of a reporter out to discredit them. Add to all this the reappearance of the Headhunter and the cult's belief that a rebel-sun is on its way to the earth we have a tremendous cocktail of ingredients for a smashing story.
Mix in with this some great casting - Stephen Moore as the cult leader, Sanjeev Bhaskar as the scientist and Sophie Winkelman all of whom are excellent and this is a great start to the end of the series.
First released in 2009, this is the seventh episode of the third season of standalone releases for Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor outside of the monthly range of Big Finish releases. This is a one disc release, with two 25 minute episodes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc.
This has been an exceptionally strong season of releases for McGann’s eighth Doctor. This is the first part of a two part story that rounds the season out with some style. The Doctor and Lucie are investigating a strange cult, the eightfold way, which seems to be taking over the earth. A simple premise, but one that allows for so much to be done as the writers explore the nature of cults, poking a little fun at one of the more prominent contemporary offenders. The Doctor and Lucie are apart for most of the story, and both get a lot to do. Both have a lot of fun, and this shows the Eighth Doctor at his bouncy tiggerish best as he runs hither and thither trying to resolve things. And just when you think it is coming to a resolution the door is kicked wide open for the next part of the story with the unveiling of the true threat.
A great story, fantastically produced. 5 stars.