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This review is from: Crime of the Century (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)Back in 1989 when the bbc cancelled Doctor Who, another season for the Seventh Doctor had already been in the planning stages.
Now these stories are being adapted for audio, we can hear what might have been.
This is the second in this series of stories that never got to tv, and it follows on from Thin Ice (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories).
It runs for four episodes of twenty five to thirty minutes approx each, which are spread over two cd's.
And it introduces us to a new companion for the Doctor. Raine Creevy. A girl with an upper class voice who has been raised by the finest finishing schools by a father who only wanted the best for her. But who has become estranged from him [not least because he's a womanising gangster] and who gets her thrills from safe cracking and cat burglary.
You will learn a few things about the former from this. We can but wonder how the media of the time would have reacted. Or if they'd have paid any attention.
When cracking a safe at a high class party, Raine gets a big surprise when she sees the contents. Caught up in one of the Doctor's schemes the two find themselves in a middle eastern country under threat from soviet invaders. And invaders from much further away.
Ace is there as well. On a mission for the Doctor. Where she runs into another old acquaintance.
The Doctor, as ever, has a plan. But they don't always go as they should.
Raine is an instantly appealing character thanks to a very appealing voice provided from the actress who plays her. And for the first two episodes this is an intriguing caper movie as you wonder how things are going to come together.
But then episode three rather drifts by, and also sidelines Raine. And exists largely just to set up a startling final few minutes.
Things all come together nicely enough in the final part and tie everything up whilst setting up a new dynamic in the TARDIS. It may seem that Ace - who would have been gone from the show by this time had this one made it to tv - still being there takes material away from Raine. But the two do form a good double act in their scenes together, so it may well work out.
This is a pleasant listen but really it just ties up loose ends from Thin Ice and brings in Raine, so it's not quite as strong a story as Thin Ice was.
Casual listeners may be able to get into this without having heard that, but you might be better off if you have.
There is a trailer for the next story in this run after the end of part four.
And roughly fifteen minutes worth of interviews with cast and crew at the end of both discs.