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5.0 out of 5 stars Architecture and Morality, 23 Mar 2010
This review is from: The Architects of History (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
As the previous reviewer says, this is an excellent full-cast audio adventure, featuring Sylvester McCoy portraying the Machiavellian Seventh incarnation of the Time Lord, and rounding off the recent 'Klein trilogy' in fine style. The story opens with the Doctor's TARDIS in the hands of Elizabeth Klein, a now time-travelling Nazi from an alternative dimension, who is determined to restore the universe to what she considers to be its correct reality; one where the Third Reich triumphed against the Allied forces and went on to conquer the stars, as well as the Earth. The Time Lord appears to be her prisoner, but as always he is manipulating events furiously, and is clearly in control from the start.
What I like about Steve Lyons' creation is that she is unashamedly unwilling to learn from her mistakes - in a time when writers insist on us seeing the good in everyone, Klein appears to be thoroughly blinkered and utterly bent on her own selfish course. Tracey Childs' portrayal of Klein is utterly appropriate, and extremely compelling, while Sylvester McCoy too is as excellent as ever, showing how the Seventh Doctor would have gone on to be portrayed on TV if he'd had the chance to develop properly. New 'monsters', the anthromorphic Selachians, are pretty good if underused here, and the remainder of the cast is top-notch.
At the end of the first disc, there is an extended piece of music as a bonus, and the second CD includes the always interesting interviews with the play's cast and crew. Overall another excellent drama, showcasing all that is right with the Big Finish Doctor Who collection.
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