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Ground Who Day
on 26 November 2009
As the CD extras verify - all the cast and crew interviewed use the phrase - this is very much Doctor Who doing Groundhog Day, as The Doctor and Nyssa return to Stockbridge in the present after defetaing the Rutan invaders in the medieval era. Waking up as if from a dream, the time travellers find themselves part of the time stream in Stockbridge - Nyssa appears to have been the village post mistress for as long as anyone can remember, whilst The Doctor has apparently lived in the local B&B for 30 years and is Stockbridge's resident GP. Of course, all this 'timey-wimey' stuff is pure audio gold, and like Stephen Moffat before him, writer Jonathan Morris creates an intricate and entangled story which director Barnaby Edwards weaves into a fascinating drama.
Less humourous than its predecessor the Pythonesque 'Castle of Fear', this story nevertheless kept me intrigued throughout, and its clever playing with time plus its subtle influences from classic Doctor Who, will surely make it a fan favourite. One minor niggle is its ambiguous ending - although this links the story in to the final installment in the Stockbridge trilogy, I thought it was too contrived and left too many questions.
The set also includes the latest installment in the ongoing bonus story 'The Three Companions', and as Thomas Brewster finally manages to meet up with Polly and the Brigadier, a cataclysmic series of events is about to unfold, and Brewster's limited knowledge of the TARDIS may yet be his undoing...