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Cuts both ways,
This review is from: Paper Cuts (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
After the disappointment of Patient Zero this audio is a breath of fresh air. The reptilian Draconians appeared only once in the classic series - in Malcolm Hulke's 1973 story `Frontier in Space', but are well worth resurrecting for the noughties. Unlike in that story, we get to observe the Draconian culture and see its obsession with politics and ceremony this time around - the Draconian Emperor is dead, and his shiftless son is waiting to fill the void, whilst unbeknown to him his own mother is working behind the scenes to ensure continuity; unfortunately she appears to be completely unhinged!
Into these machinations come The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) and his current travelling companion Charley Pollard - or is it..? And as the truth about Charley's true identity comes ever nearer to being revealed, the tension and excitement are ratcheted up to 11.
Bright, bustling, absorbing, and frantic - this story is both thoroughly entertaining and much more accessible to a newcomer to the series than its Big Finish predecessor. Colin Baker and India Fisher make a great team, and the supporting cast is uniformly excellent too. With a continuation of the ongoing bonus story `The Three Companions', and more insightful banter from the cast and crew of the audio story, this is a decent package - hopefully the next one will be worthy of its own predecessor...