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More please! and longer stories too please
on 13 April 2012
This is, I think, the first of the full cast audio dramas that Tom Baker was enticed back for (as opposed to the series of Fourth Doctor stories starting with Hornet's Nest). As such, there were great expectations for the re-teaming of Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor and Louise Jameson as Leela. Would it live up to those expectations? Well - yes, and no, in my opinion.
Firstly, it's great to hear the Doctor and Leela back again - the story picks up when they leave Victorian London after helping Professor Litefoot and Henry Gordon Jago against Magnus Greel and the Peking Homunculus. Still in their Victorian garb, the time travelling duo end up in the middle of a rather unexpected situation - what are the Drelleran doing and why are they warning the Doctor against "the humans"? And how is this linked to a future which holds the newly built Space Dock Nerva (another nod to the "classic" tv series - The Ark in Space)?
This starts off really well - action, aliens, mysterious ailments and even more mysterious humans - and the anticipation is growing - and then it's all over! And that's where it all went wrong - the story is only two episodes - one cd - it built itself up in the first episode, kept building up in the second episode - and then all ended with a fizz and a few convenient quick fixes. The story fails only because of this - it needed to be at least three, preferably four episodes with the same pacing - building up, more explanations required, and more threads to be tied off without the convenience of just having them go away, as they seemed to here.
A shame - a great start, but slightly let down; I can't wait to hear more of the Doctor and Leela - the Fourth Doctor has always been my favourite and I am really wanting to hear more stories with him in it - let's hope they get even more exciting from now on.