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Seasons Of Fear - Classic quest with a dark overtone,
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This review is from: Seasons of Fear (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the thirtieth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Paul McGann as Eight and India Fisher as Charlotte Pollard. 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.
This release is the third in the second miniseries of Eighth Doc stories, through which there is a loose story arc revolving around Charlotte Pollard's rescue from the R101 by the Doc back in their first adventure. The arc has a greater presence on some stories than others, and here it is not important, apart from and endnote which links straight to Neverland in 3 releases time.
When visiting Singapore in 1931 in order to keep Charlie's appointment with her friend Alex Grayle, the Doctor as accosted by one Sebastian Grayle, who claims to have already killed the doctor in his past, and started a chain of events that mean the end of the earth and possibly of time itself.
The Doctor and Charlie set off on a quest back through time, encountering Grayle at various points in history to try and thwart his plans, thus saving the universe. Again. All seems to going OK until the true identity of Grayle's masters is revealed, then the Doctor really is in danger.
There is a link to a fourth Doctor adventure (I can't say which one for fear of giving too much away), and even a reference to events in the First Doc adventure `Edge Of Destruction', as well as forward links to the Zagreus cycle.
It's a classic quest story, played up for all it is worth by McGann and Fisher, who have a great chemistry and were clearly loving every minute of the recording. The rest of the cast get right into the spirit, and a rip roaring adventure results. I love this series, 5 stars.