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Fun but flawed,
This review is from: The Dark Flame (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
"The Dark Flame never dies... Somewhere, somehow it always burns. It can never be extinguished."
The Seventh Doctor, Benny and Ace are reunited again in Trevor Baxendale's debut Big Finish audio, The Dark Flame. Baxendale isn't an innovative writer but his stories invariably have a pleasing symmetry and are accessible and fun - this audio adventure is no exception. From the space station filled with mad scientists, to their attempts to reactive a long-dead ancient evil; cults, powerful relics, and zombies; there are plenty of familiar fantasy Sci-fi elements in the pot and if anything there is too much going on here.
The plot is nothing special, but there are some flashes of inspiration amongst the dialogue, and a fairly light tone that could have done with being darkened considerably. Sylvester McCoy's performance is pretty good here, whilst Sophie Aldred and Lisa Bowerman also acquit themselves well. Guest star Michael Praed impresses in his first Doctor Who audio, but ultimately this, whilst engaging, is less than the sum of its parts.