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Interesting and well thought-out - another solid title in the Doctor Who audio range,
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This review is from: "Doctor Who": The Forever Trap: No. 2 (Dr Who Audio Original 2) (Audio CD)
Having loved the first CD in this range - Pest Control - i was keen to get my hands on this story too. Catherine Tate makes for an excellent reader as the Doctor and Donna become trapped in the mysteries of a massive confusing puzzle of a building/space station known as the Edifice.
Playing on ideas of mind-tricks (the story itself referencing the work of Escher) it is an altogether more subtle story than the fast-paced action of Pest Control. The Forever Trap might not be as instant a story, but it make sup for that in the gradually growing sense of menace that pervades the Edifice. The imagery and description conjured up in this story is fantastic, all stark modern design descending into chaos, as well as the imaginative descriptions of the various alien races caught int eh building too.
What with the Doctor and Donna being separated for a fair few bits of the TV series, it is really good to see them playing off each-other throughout in this story and the dynamic between the two characters is brilliant. There's also a very touching line towards the end where the Doctor sums up his aim in his adventures 'We try to pick up the pieces Donna, but sometimes those pieces are broken'. It's a beautiful moment and perfectly captures the burden the Doctor has to bear.
The themes on display here play well into those established in the TV series too, the idea of a sinister 'spacestation' with mysterious goings on behind the scenes harking back to 'The Long Game' while the idea of a swarm of creatures eating away in the dark brings to mind the Vashta Nerada in the 'Silence In The Library' two-parter.
So, all in all, this is a great adventure - while admitedly not the most pacy or action-based, those that love the more creepy, subtle side of Doctor Who will love this and it's well worth a listen