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Project: Destiny - I think he just became... accountable...,
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This is the hundred and thirty ninth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Philip Olivier as Hex. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 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. This is the first in a trilogy of three linked adventures that seem to be starting to resolve the Hex story arc. 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.
I have to say that after wading through the preceding three releases (the Fifth Doc/Tegan/Turlough/Nyssa trilogy), this is a very welcome return to form for Big Finish, with some excellent writing, good acting and pacey, punchy direction.
Following the his being shot at the end of `the Angel of Scutari', Hex's life hangs by a thread. He only wants to be in one place, and that is St Garts hospital where the Doctor found him. The Doctor takes him there, but all is not well in the city of London. It has been evacuated and is infested with some alien `contamination', even worse a newly publicly rehabilitated Forge is calling the shots. Literally.
This is an excellent adventure in which the truth of Hex's heritage is revealed, and we get to see the scouse charmer deal with the emotional upheaval. Olivier plays it perfectly, and we really feel for the lad. The relationship between the TARDIS crew is explored and tested almost to breaking point, in a well done piece written by people who really understand the characters. And in amongst all the angst we have a deliciously creepy Nimrod from Stephen chance, the introduction of Captain Aristides, an interesting new character who will reappear in future stories, and an alien invasion and plenty of well done action sequences. McCoy and Aldred bring their top acting game to the table, and almost match the impressive performance from Olivier in their intensity, especially McCoy who is called upon to really stretch himself.
It's not quite as grandiloquently epic as `Legend of the Cybermen', but is still up there in the top echelon of BF releases. 5 stars.