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The Shadow Of The Scourge -The best laid plans of mice and Doctors...,
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This is the thirteenth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven with Sophie ALdred as Ace and Lisa Bowerman as Bernice Summerfield. 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 notes from the author.
Seven, Ace and Benny arrive in a hotel in Kent, which is home t a cross stitch convention, a psychic convention and an experiment in time travel. It is also about to be the focus of an alien invasion, a fact of which the Doctor is more than aware and has planned for. But things soon go wrong and the TARDIS crew have a desperate fight on their hands.
The first few episodes crack along nicely, propelled by McCoy's dark yet slightly flippant portrayal of Seven, Sophie Aldred's fun loving Ace and Lisa Bowerman's sarcastic yet compassionate Benny. The Scourge are an alien race from another dimension that feeds off negative human emotions, and it is this concept that leads to a disappointing finale, which descends into a hippie `feel the love' embarrassment. So a few stars off for that.
In all some decent ideas, some good characterisation and a good realisation into audio, but a weak ending, so only 3 stars.