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"Feel the music in your soul!",
This review is from: The Rapture (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
"Ibiza, 1997, and thousands of young people are acting like midless zombies.
"Which is to be expected. Ibiza, the island of dance music, sex, drugs and alcohol, is the ultimate hedonistic paradise.
"God has sent help from on high to save the sinners of Ibiza. He has sent His angels to save their souls.
"Which would be simple enough if these souls didn't include an alient time-traveller working in a bar, a woman who disappeared in 1987, a young man carrying a photograph of a girl he's never met and an Irish girl who doesn't even know who she is any more."
"The Rapture", by Joseph Lidster, is a unique and innovative audio play from Big Finish Productions that takes all the elements of a good Doctor Who story, and mixes them up with hypnotic trance music and an appearance from Tony Blackburn.
If we leave aside for the moment the distraction of the angels Gabriel and Jude and their plot to subject the revellers at their Ibiza club to the final judgement, The Rapture is really Ace's story. Ace, or Dorothy McShane as she is now calling herself, is recovering from the trauma of Kurz's death within the confines of the TARDIS in "Colditz", and wants a holiday. The Doctor brings her to Ibiza, where she falls in with a small group who invite her to join them at the hottest new nightclub, The Rapture. However, unbeknown to Ace, one of the group, Liam (David John) has a picture of her in his wallet.
As Ace discovers more about her past, and a brother she never knew she had, she goes on an emotional journey, whilst the Doctor takes a back seat in the proceedings. As such Sophie Aldred is required to inject real feeling into the character of Ace, and she rises to the challenge in a way that we haven't really heard since "The Curse of Fenric". Her acting only really feels forced when Ace is called upon to "let go" under the spell of Gabriel's music at the end of episode one - but that one glitch can be forgiven. As to McCoy, he is on good form this time.
My one criticism of "The Rapture" is that the Ace storyline is resolved somewhat prematurely so that episode four can be devoted to the resolution of the Gabriel / Jude storyline. I shan't go into details, for fear of spoilers, but it does at least draw an effective parallel with the Ace / Liam storyline. Performances are good throughout the play, including the use of a real Spaniard as Ibiza local Gustavo, and the trance music that forms the backdrop to the story is excellent.