This story is the 156th release in the Big Finish Main Range, and features the Sixth Doctor, as played by Colin Baker. The story begins with a scene on present-day Earth, with Flip Jackson (who had played a role in the story The Crimes of Thomas Brewster) catching the late bus home with her boyfriend Jared. Their trip home is interrupted when a spaceship flies overhead and crash lands some distance away. Flip is determined to find out what’s going on, and they head over there. Much to her surprise, the occupant of the spaceship is familiar to her. From there, Flip and Jared find themselves in the middle of a sci-fi epic all of their own, as old and new acquaintances are made, time is travelled, and the Tardis travellers all find themselves at the scene of one of the greatest battles in Europe.
It’s hard to write much about this story without giving away spoilers. Suffice it to say that Colin Baker, as the Sixth Doctor, and Terry Molloy, as Davros, are absolutely brilliant. Davros and the Doctor are very very old enemies, and the history of their relationship, and all the bitterness and underlying hatred that exists between them is brought to the fore throughout this story.
The setting, and the peripheral characters in the story are really well portrayed, and the historical setting, which I thought might spoil some of my pleasure in the story, really did play well to the resolution. I think the weak links for me were Flip (as played by Lisa Greenwood) and Jared (as played by Ashley Kumar). I did not find them to be strongly written, or interesting characters; in fact I found them both quite annoying. That aside, this is a story that is to be relished for the brilliant showing by Colin Baker and Terry Molloy, and supported by a good cast, excellent production, and very apt music throughout.