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The Rapture - The Doctor and Ace ave it large to some kickin' tunes!
on 25 June 2012
This is the thirty sixth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven and Sophie Aldred as Ace (sorry, McShane). There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.
Following the events of story 25 in the range, the excellent `Coditz', and their traumatic conclusion, The Doctor takes Ace to Ibiza so that she can relax with people of her own age, in hr own way, and make an attempt to get over the psychological hurt she has taken. Unbeknownst to Seven there is a deadly danger lurking in the Island's new nightclub, and McShane has, of course, walked straight into it. Also lurking in the shadows is someone who has been looking for McShane for quite some time now. The Doctor has quite a job convincing Ace that this isn't just another one of his master plans.
It's a nicely done piece that really allows Ace's character to grow and develop, as she comes to understand just who she is and where her place is in the world. In conjunction with Colditz, this story takes her from the immature girl of Ghostlight and transforms her into the more rounded and mature character encountered in later adventures such as the Fearmonger. Aldred pulls it off nicely, with a great performance.
It's a story that revolves around Ace, but don't worry, Sylvester McCoy gets plenty to do as the Doctor. He plays the concerned father figure with just the right dash of panic as he realises that what he thought was a safe haven is anything but. It's an energetic and charismatic performance from McCoy, and I really wish we had seen more of this characterisation of the Doctor during his tenure. Damn Michael Grade for cutting the series just as it was getting interesting.
It's a cracking story, with a dark overtone and a great bit of character development for the principles. There is also an interesting cameo for Tony Blackburn. For me it ranks up as one of the best Seven/Ace stories of either TV or audio series. 5 stars.