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The Architects of History: It's what I do. I am the Doctor,
This review is from: The Architects of History (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the one hundred and thirty second release from Big Finish in their range of audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. This one stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven and Tracey Childs as Klein. The release has four episodes, two episodes per disc on two discs. Each episode is 25-30 minutes long and has cliffhanger endings and original theme music between each episode. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of disc one, and the end of disc two features a few minutes of incidental music from the production.
Following the events of `Survival of the Fittest', Klein is busy rewriting history her way. Not just trying to restore her timeline, but improving on it. Or improving on it in her mind at least. But things just keep going wrong and she is forever having to tinker with history to get things to go right. On the new Nazi outpost on the moon she is suddenly faced with a threat that should not exist in the form of an invasion force of Selachians, fearsome marine predators in environment suits that allow them to walk on land. She has a mysterious little man with a question mark umbrella prisoner in a dungeon, and she is ssure this is one of his schemes, but he denies all knowledge, or indeed any knowledge of this timeline.
What follows is a halfway decent tale as the Seventh Doctor, transplanted from the original timeline and replacing the physical form of the Doctor of the new timeline tries to work out what his other self had planned and plays along with it. An especially neat idea is that of the Doctor's assistants, of whom he has no knowledge because he has no knowledge of this time line. It's a bit of a weird timey-wimey tale at times, but has some great moments and most of it hangs together with most of the important plot points being covered. It falls a bit flat for me though as no explanation for the central premise, which sets up most of the interesting situations, is satisfactorily explained - just why was the Doctor from the original timeline transported into the new timeline all of a sudden? Why did he not just vanish along with the rest of the timeline? So what would have been a solid 4 star story drops to a three for me as I just didn't really `get' an important aspect of it.
Apart from that this is a well produced and well acted story, especially by McCoy who obviously relishes this opportunity to play the darkest version of the Dark Doctor yet. And Tracy Childs as Klein is superb, driven, ambitious but now paranoid and starting to tire of the constant effort.
All in all a solid 3 star effort from the BF team, and an almost satisfying wrap up to the Klein trilogy.