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I was keen to get hold of this story, largely because I really like the partnership of the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn (played by Maggie Stables). But it took me a while to get around to listening to it, because I thought at first glance it was a straight historical story.
But boy was I wrong! This story, which starts off with the Doctor and Evelyn landing in Edinburgh in 1827 shows a city seemingly at the mercy of Burke and Hare, the infamous (to us, now) bodysnatchers. Back then, nobody knew who was killing people or apparently removing buried bodies - or did they? The Doctor and Evelyn find two locals who seem to be in the thick of the action, Mary Patterson and Daft Jamie (played with utter brilliance by David Tennant - I didn't realise until the end when I read the credits that it was even him!). And Burke and Hare seem to be taking orders from a local doctor, Doctor Robert Knox. So far, all so historically correct. And then it gets even more interesting. The direction the story then goes in is really brilliant. A historical story, interesting in its own right, becomes even more intriguing when the Doctor gets involved.
By the end of the story, I felt deeply involved in the whole story; Leslie Richards as Doctor Knox was so ghastly that you could just visualise the whole action in every scene he was in. Even Burke and Hare were presented in a way that was not totally without some feeling of potential redemption. And poor Daft Jamie was so sad that I felt really quite lost as the story ended. The Doctor, a Timelord who so often defies being characterised in his stories as `human' shows a lot more humanity than most, and Evelyn learns another sad lesson about travelling through time.
This is great stuff; definitely a story that rewards repeated listening and one that will be kept and treasured.
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Initial post: 13 Oct 2013 19:01:29 BDT
One of my favouritesm David Tennant a Whovian fanboy he appears in this Colditz & many others including Dalej Empire 3.
Great review once again written with passion.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2013 03:57:53 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Hi timelord007 - I was really surprised to find that the voice of Daft Jamie was David Tennant - he's definitely very talented. He's turned up in a few of the newer UNIT stories as well, as Colonel Brimmicombe-Wood. Thanks for the kind words re the review.
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