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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloodtide - The true origin of the species (contains some spoilers), 26 Mar 2012
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This is the twenty second release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six and Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smyth. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

The eternally name dropping Doctor takes Evelyn off to the Galapagos islands as a surprise to meet her hero, Charles Darwin in the crucial days as he starts to develop his theory of evolution. But not all is as it seems on the islands, as an ancient force reawakens and tries to reassert its dominion over the world it once ruled. Yes, the Silurians are back!

The Silurians were one of my favourite `monsters' as they raised such great moral questions, and there were no easy answers. Here the Doctor must prevent them destroying humanity, while fighting to preserve history by making sure Darwin manages to evolve his theories. The usual moral questions come up, and the production deals with them effectively.

Baker really shines as Six here. He and Maggie Stables really work well together, with her giving us a more mature companion able to reign in Six's ebullience and enthusiasm, and force him to be a little more considerate. Baker has dropped the arrogance of his TV persona, and now presents us with a fiercely intelligent Doctor who is full of passion and compassion, but with a more human side and more able to relate to other people. Evelyn is a character who is also intelligent and strong, witness the way she manages to discuss things with Darwin, but lets him arrive at his own conclusions without leading him or giving anything away. These are well written and well played scenes.

One of the real benefits of audio is nicely demonstrated here. The Myrka makes an appearance. While it was a total disaster on screen, on audio there are no problems with making the monsters convincing and scary. The visual effects are so much better...

All in all another cracking adventure from BF, worth every one of the 5 stars I am giving it.
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