At the end of Project: Destiny the Doctor (Seventh, as played by Sylvester McCoy) has discovered that there is a Timelord casket in the Forge; but when he and Ace find who is in the casket, it all gets rather messy.
This is a story which would not be kind to new listeners - there are heaps of loose threads which come together in this story, continuing from the Project: Twilight, Project: Lazarus and Project: Destiny storyline, and picking up with the previous companion Evelyn Smythe as well, if you come to this story new you would not get the most from the experience. So it pays to do the groundwork in these earlier Project stories, as well as understanding some of the relationship of the Doctor and Evelyn first. That's no hardship, though as the Project trilogy was brilliant, and the Evelyn Smythe stories are very strong. This story also sees the return of another foe of the Doctor, who has appeared in an earlier story in the cd release Forty Five (a single part story, The Word Lord). But if you haven't heard that story, it's not a deal breaker, as this appearance is very well backgrounded (if that's a word) in this story.
So, having got all that out of the way, the story itself begins. Hex has his own issues, and the Doctor and Ace are trying to work out what to do about the Timelord casket discovery when things get well out of hand, for all of them. Saying much more than that would ruin the rather delightful unfolding of this story, which takes part over four episodes on two cds, and runs the gamut from action to contemplative introspection, and just about everything in between. Ian Reddington plays his part here extremely well; you can visualise him very clearly through the extremely clever use of his voice. The other characters are also strong in their roles, although I admit to often finding Hex rather whiny and `woe is me'. Maggie Stables as Evelyn plays a delightful guest role in this Seventh Doctor story, and Ian Reddington as Nobody No One is absolutely brilliant.
This is the hundred and fortieth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Philip Olivier as Hex. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the second disc and a few minutes of the soundtrack at the end of disc 1.
This story follows directly from `Project: Destiny', and deals with the fall out from Hex finding out the truth about his heritage. It also brings back the trickiest of foes for the Doctor, Nobody No-one, Word Lord and all round nasty piece of work.
It's a complex story who's plot I will not try to summarise lest it give away a few spoilers. Suffice to say that it is a desparate struggle to the death between the Doctor and Nobody, who uses other people's words to reshape reality. It gives a lot of time for the companions, with Ace and Hex getting a lot of good moments. But the focus of the story is on a reappearance of the Sixth Doctor's companion the redoubtable Evelyn Smyth. It a release that spends a lot of time wrapping up a few story strands, notably Evelyn's guilt over the death of Hex's mother and, of course, Hex's own feelings towards the Doctor for hiding the truth from him. In these respects it is not a place for newbies to start, as it picks up a few continiuing story arcs. And overlaid onto all of that is a complex scheme to defeat the word lord which has a lot of `timey wimey' stuff in it and at the end becomes quite multilayered and left me wondering what was the `real' reality, and what, in fact, had just happened?
The character study is well done and worth while, 5 stars for this aspect. The overcomplicated plot to defeat Nobody was a bit too confusing, so three stars for this aspect. 4 stars on average.
on 11 April 2015
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“Words have power”, that’s certainly a good sum up of Steven Hall’s writing. There are some very powerful pieces of dialogue in this story, woven together in a web of cleverly planned out and complex ideas. As shown in other Doctor who stories, the concept of words being an enemy works very well. I loved the scene with the flashbacks of the different Doctors. After the first part, the story follows first Hex’s point of view and then Ace’s. Before coming together in a brilliant and heart breaking finale.It moves along fairly quickly but still manages to flow nicely. The score really added to this story, it’s eerily dreamlike. The music in part 3 is particularly pretty and reminded me of a music box.
Sylvester McCoy, Maggie Stables, Sophie Aldred and Philip Olivier were at the top of their game in this audio. Steven Hall captures the darker side of Seven and the emotional journeys of the companions perfectly. The best performance came from Ian Reddington (nobody no one), who was fantastic. This villain is so terrifyingly insane that he makes the Master look like one of the good guys. Note: Reddington also played the chief clown in ‘The greatest show in the galaxy’ where he was equally as terrifying.
As someone who prefers other Doctors to McCoy's, highly rates the eighth series 4 with its twists and turns, and also doesn't really like the Evelyn character I was astonished to find this adventure growing and growing in quality until by the mid point of disc 2 I had decided that (in my limited exposure) this is probably one of the great Big Finish releases.
I can't reveal a lot without spoiling but we get the Word Lord, and more more interesting we get Ace and Hex separated from both the Doctor and each other living post-TARDIS lives. This story follows immediately from the end of Project Destiny and so commences with the search for the time lord sarcophagus mentioned at the end of Destiny and from their we get a well written / acted / directed and produced masterpiece.
I fail to see how this episode can be surpassed, and whilst it leaves some talking points is Doctor Who of the highest quality