This is the sixth series of the Gallifrey stories, set in a universe which originates in Doctor Who. By now, we are up to chapters 22, 23 and 24 of the Gallifrey storyline, so there's a lot of backstory when we get to this point. That said, each of the six Gallifrey series to date offer self-contained overarching storylines within that Gallifrey universe, so can be enjoyed in a stand-alone manner.
In chapter 22, `Extermination', we pick up straight from the end of the last chapter of Gallifrey V. Leela, Romana and Narvin are on a Gallifrey, but this is a Gallifrey where the Daleks, the most evil and amoral beings in possibly any universe, have just invaded. Now, not only do the travellers have to try and find a way home still, they have to survive a Dalek invasion of this world for long enough to try.
In chapter 23, `Renaissance', the travellers have found their way back to Gallifrey. But it's a Gallifrey where there are no other living beings, where the Capitol is deserted, and where Romana seems to be alone. But who else is there with her? And can she find Narvin and Leela? This chapter introduces a new character to the story, and it seems like Romana has to face up to her own future.
In chapter 24, `Ascension', it seems that Gallifrey has been reached at last. But is it just a projection of the Matrix? And how can the travellers believe anything that they find? Can they save themselves, or will they have to face up to the ultimate sacrifice to save Gallifrey?
These are three great stories within the Gallifrey VI box set. The action is ramped right up there; the characters, who we feel we know so well now after so many stories and life-threatening situations are perfectly drawn. The familiar elements and the new elements in the stories are all perfectly pitched to offer the listener an environment that we can visualise, and people who we can `see'. There is a fourth cd in the set, which is a bonus documentary, looking back at all six series of Gallifrey, including interviews.
Gallifrey VI ends with what seems like positivity, but you get the feeling that there are still some nasty surprises out there in the universe for those on Gallifrey (and those of us who follow Doctor Who closely know that to be the case). To see what happens next in the series, I am looking forward to Gallifrey VII: Intervention Earth.