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4.0 out of 5 stars Nuclear crisis, 15 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Power Play (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
Over the years lots of stories have been written for Doctor Who that never made it to the tv screen. Now, thanks to Big Finish audio adapting them for CD, we can find out what might have been.

This story features Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor and Nicola Bryant as his companion Peri, and might have gotten to the screen back in 1986 if fate hadn't interceded.

It runs for four parts of roughly half an hour each [approx] and is complete on two cd's.

It also sees Deborah Watling return to the role of Victoria, one time companion on TV to the Second Doctor.

Her path crosses with the Sixth Doctor's when the TARDIS is forced to land near a nuclear power station. Where Victoria is amongst a group of people protesting against it. Mr. Dysart, the man in charge has no time for the protests. Neither does his efficent assistant Dominic.

But someone in the plant is keeping secrets. Dangerous aliens are after the Doctor.

And the future of the planet Earth is at stake...

This recaptures the style of the time very well, with a story that really feels as if it could have come from the era. The acting, the sound design and the incidental music do make you feel at times as if you're listening to a tv soundtrack.

The story is structured in a very traditional way. In that the first episode sets things up. The second has characters investigate them. The third has lots of running around and a big cliffhanger. And the fourth has to resolve it all. The first two episodes don't devote as much time as you might expect to the secrets of the plant, with the alien police getting more storytime. Thus they can feel a little overlong at points. But everything does come together rather well in the end.

The story doesn't perhaps devote as much time to the reunion of the Doctor and Victoria as it could, and the story might work equally well without her. But when it does allow her and the Doctor to have moments of emotion and character it is quietly touching.

There is one moment late on that fans will love. And it's nothing to do with any returning companions. But it's a fun bit of writing and you'll know what I mean when you hear it.

As with most of this range it succeeds via nostalgia value, being a pleasant reminder of the style of an era of the show gone by. It would probably have been a good if not great story on tv, but as an audio, it's a pleasant enough listen.

There are roughly twelve minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the tracks on the end of disc one.

Seven more on the tracks on the end of disc two.

And a trailer for the next lost story on the track after the end of part four.
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