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This is the hundred and fifty sixth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six and Lisa Greenwood as Phillipa ‘Flip’ Jackson. There are four episodes, roughly 30-40 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the second disc and a few minutes of the soundtrack at the end of disc 1.
This is the first in a trilogy of adventures that features new companion Flip Jackson, reintroduced here after her supporting role in ‘The Crimes Of Thomas Brewster’. And what a reintroduction! She rescues the Doctor from a spaceship that just happens to crash nearby when on her way home from a night out. Pretty soon the two are being hunted by Daleks across London. But the real story is happening 200 years ago at the battle of Waterloo, just what do Davros and the Daleks want with Napoleon?
This is an energetic tale that gives us a fun and interesting new companion who provides a real contrast to previous companions Evelyn, Peri, Charley and Mel. Flip works well with old Sixie, and there is a real chemistry between Greenwood and Baker.
More importantly is the chemistry between Baker and Terry Molloy as Davros. Their relationship is taken to a whole new level here, as each gains a better understanding of their adversary. Each actor is on the top of their game, bringing out the subtleties of the characters they are asked to play. The interaction between them is simply delicious.
This is an exuberant, confident, fun and mind bending tale from Big Finish that will go down as one of their classics. The only slight let down is that the interviews with cast and crew at the end of disc two concentrate on the new companion, and there is no room for a chat with Baker or Molloy about how they achieved their incredible performances. No matter though, this is still a stonkingly good story and worth 5 stars.