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Three's A Crowd: I've just remembered why I usually get my companions to do the crawling through ducts...,
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This is the sixty ninth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five, Nicola Bryant as Peri and Caroline Morris as Erimem. 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.
The series of releases featuring Five, Peri and Erimem have been a mixed bunch. With some great stories, some real duds and all point in between. I am happy to report that after the disappointing `Roof Of The World', this story is a real return to form, mainly because it goes back to the classic old `base under siege' formula that has served Who so well for over 50 years.
In a very traditionally structured story, the three travellers find themselves on a colony planet with only a few colonists and some unexpected visitors in an orbiting space station. It soon transpires that the colonists have spent years locked in their own rooms and have extreme agoraphobia, and that there aren't nearly as many as one would expect. And just what do the alien interlopers upstairs want with them?
It's a well structured tale, with some exciting moments and good cliffhangers. Davison is his usual excellent self as the Doctor, full of panic, prattle, righteous indignation and wiliness. Deborah Watling (Polly in the TV series) makes a good impression as the colony leader who has had to make the hard choices. Nicola Bryant and Caroline Morris acquit themselves well as the companions. All in all a very satisfying slice of old fashioned Who. 5 stars.