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Farm under siege,
This review is from: A Thousand Tiny Wings (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
A new audio story for sylvester mccoy as the seventh doctor. This starts a trilogy of them which reunites him with klein, a nazi scientist from an alternate reality that no longer exists. The two first crossed swords in Colditz (Doctor Who) but you should be able to listen to this without having heard that.
The story runs for four episodes of roughly twenty five minutes each and is spread over two discs.
The Doctor and Klein meet again when the Doctor visits a farm in 1950's kenya. A remote place in a country currently in the grip of rebellion, and a place where several european women are awaiting news or rescue by the british army. The first part takes a while to set the mood but does this very well, all the characters being convincing as people of the time by virtue of their attitudes. The feel of being out in the middle of nowhere is achieved by virtue of minimal sound and music, thus when things happen suddenly it really makes you jump.
The women find something alien in the middle of all this. They then have that to worry about in addition to the rebels. And the story follows the classic doctor who model of an isolated place coming under siege from alien forces.
There are lots of moral debates about the rights and wrongs of the whole thing, and they are very interesting food for thought.
It also throws in some interesting trust issues when a new arrival reaches the farm. But are they telling the truth?
The resolution to the alien side of the plot is done via a long dialogue scene in part four. It's a little over familiar but does have a fair amount of originality also. But after that the human side of things is concluded with a very memorable scene that allows for a lot of character development.
The second half of this story isn't quite as good as the first but it's an excellent one all in all and well worth a listen.
There are eighteen minutes worth of interviews with cast and crew at the end of disc one. These work better than ever before by virtue of having the director of the story present them rather than just an interviewer. And the end of disc four has the latest part of the three companions, a story that has been proceeding one episode at a time over the last eleven big finish releases. This episode moves the whole thing along nicely and seems to set up a finale, but one that might be a bit rushed.
A trailer for the next part of the trilogy Survival of the Fittest (Doctor Who) can be found at the start of disc one. I look forward to hearing it.