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The Condemned: I hadn't realised dimensionally transcendental time machines disguised as police boxes were so common!,
This review is from: The Condemned (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the hundred and fifth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six and, in an inspired move, India Fisher as Charlie. There are 4 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.
At the end of `The Girl Who Never Was', it was hinted that Charlotte Pollard had been rescued by the Sixth rather than the Eighth Doctor. This release confirms that, and reveals it to have been an inspired decision by the Big Finish production team. It immediately sets up some questions and tension. Firstly, why, if Charlie travelled with his sixth incarnation did the Eighth Doc not remember her? And as Charlie believes she saw the Eighth Doc die, should she warn Six not to visit Singapore in his Eighth form? Charlie decides t hide things from Six, immediately arousing his suspicions, and Colin Baker's Six is at his best when he is being suspicious.
Apart from bringing together what will go down in Who History as one of the classic Doctor/companion partnerships, and setting up a story arc that has a lot of potential, this is also a great little story. The Doctor and Charlie land the TARDIS in a decrepit block of flats, and immediately find a dead body. Charlie is soon kidnapped while the Doctor is arrested in connection with the murder by DI Menzies, another inspired creation from Big Finish, and a character that I am glad to see will return in future releases. The Doctor gets out of his arrest by the most ingenious method (and allows Colin Baker a bit of fun with a funny accent) and soon he's plunged into an intriguing tale investigating an alien presence on earth and working out just why the interlopers are knocking each other off. The big reveal is a nice touch, and an excellent idea.
I loved this release, 5 stars. It is a shame that there are no cd extras with cast/production team interviews as are common on contemporary releases, as I think there would have been some interesting insights to be had with this landmark release.