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This review is from: The Architects of History (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
A new audio Doctor Who story featuring Sylvester Mccoy as the Doctor. Following on from the end of the previous story in this range Survival of the Fittest (Doctor Who) which saw the TARDIS in the hands of Elizabeth Klein, nazi from a timeline that no longer exists and who is determined to restore it.
There's enough information in this one to bring new listeners up to speed but you would be better off with having heard that previous story first.
This story runs for four episodes each of roughly thirty minutes in duration. It takes place in a moonbase that is part of the galactic reich. Klein has used the TARDIS to reshape history to her liking. Or what she thinks she wants it to be. But when nasty aliens the Selachians attack on a misson of genocide she has to turn to the Doctor for help.
In the meantime a pair of workers on the base are caught up in the middle of things. And one knows far more about the Doctor than she might admit.
The cost of creating the perfect timeline can be very high....
Each episode may be longer than the standard twenty five minutes but that doesn't matter at all as there's so much great stuff in them that they fly by. There are more of the excellent discussions of morality that Klein and the Doctor have had throughout their travels. The Selachians are very effective on audio because they have a very distinctive voice. There's some very clever and interesting looks at the consequences of altering history. And the whole thing considers the effect that the Doctor has on the lives of those he meets, and how they will never be the same again afterwards. All of which results in some rather moving moments.
Backed up with an excellent score this is an unforgettable epic and an excellent conclusion to a fine trilogy of tales. It does bring an end to Klein's story. But it will also make you wish that wasn't the case.
For more of the excellent music go to the end of disc one where you can hear just over nine minutes worth of the score without any dialogue to interrupt it.
At the end of disc two there are seventeen minutes approx of interviews with cast and crew.
And at the start of disc one a trailer for the next doctor who audio Dr Who City of Spires CD (Dr Who Big Finish) (Doctor Who). The start of a new trilogy of adventures for the sixth doctor. I look forward to it.
If you like the Selachians, then you can read about them here Doctor Who: The Murder Game and here Doctor Who: The Final Sanction