The Angel of Scutari (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Jun 2009
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October 1854: As the British Army charges into catastrophe in the Crimea, the Minister for War sends Miss Florence Nightingale to take charge of the field hospital at Scutari.
But there's already an angel of mercy working with the sounded at Scutari. A first-rate felow who's turned up out of the blue. Goes by the name of Schofield; Thomas Hector Schofield...
With the Doctor and Ace lost in the siege of Sebastopol, Hex has rediscovered his calling. But there's cannon to the left of him, cannon to the right of him - and a deranged spycatcher-in-chief on his case...
The third in a loose three story arc, this audio adventure sees The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy), and his companions Ace (Sophie Aldred) and Hex (Philip Olivier) travel back in Earth's history to the infamous Scutari Barracks, the Turkish military hospital in which Florence Nightingale drastically improved sanitary conditions and famously saved the lives of many British soldiers injured in the Crimean conflict.
Seeming at first to be a straightforward `historical' story, we soon learn that The Doctor has been here before, and has to go back along his own timeline to ensure there are no repercussions.
Jeany Spark plays the famous `Lady with the Lamp' as a necessarily hard-nosed and ballsy character, rather than the soft gentle angel of history, and this is refreshing as you know that she'd have had to be tough to thrive in such a hellhole.
The Doctor's spunky teenage companion Ace is separated from her friends early on and this gives actress Sophie Aldred a rare opportunity to plough another furrow for the character, finding love in an unlikely place.Read more ›
This is an excellent release from the Big Finish team. It ends a trilogy of Seventh Doctor releases in which the character of Hex is explored, and an interesting story arc for him is starting to develop. Following the events of `Enemy Of the Daleks', in which the caring nurse was totally unable to help in anyone in the face of the slaughtering daleks, the Doctor takes him to somewhere where he can be of use - and where he can meet one of his heroes. Scutari at the height of the Crimean war, where a certain Florence Nightingale is due to arrive in a fortnight.
It's not that straightforward though. The writers use the possibilities of time travel to throw in some really interesting adventures for Seven and Ace after they leave Hex to his nursing for a few days. And it's not all plain sailing for Hex as he finds himself in trouble. There are some great ideas here, and they are well realised to give a totally gripping story that keeps you on your toes.Read more ›
running for four twenty five minute episodes spread over two discs, this story sees the tardis arrive in a british military hospital during the crimean war. florence nightingale is on her way, but in the meantime hex, a trained nurse, takes the chance to do some good. which he needs, after what he went through in enemy of the daleks.
Thing is, some of the people at the hospital already know the doctor. and when he and ace go back a little further in time to find why, they get themselves into a lot of trouble. can hex survive meeting his idol, the lady of the lamp? and will the tardis crew survive possible execution and spies and be reunited?
the only science fiction elements in this are the tardis and the time travelling. the rest is a straight historical and character drama. and in that respect it works superbly. full of believable and well acted characters who have very human reactions to the events that go on around them, and also well researched historical details, this is a strong piece of character drama and it grips superbly as a result. the non linear nature of the story may be slightly difficult to get to grips with at first but it rewards listener effort in the end.
and you will not forget the end of episode four in a hurry.Read more ›
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As it can happen with time travel there are some problems as the Doctor first arrives after himself and it takes some temporal gymnastics to keep the timeline intact.
The episode focus mainly on Hex who is finding his travels in time becoming burdensome. Things have become harder and harder and the results for the Tardis crews is trouble.
The story and acting are pretty solid the one problem is the cliffhanger at the end. Because the next range of 7th doctor adventure don't involve Ace or Hex we will need to wait at least 16 months to find the result.
If you can't handle cliffhangers you might want to wait till late 2010 to pick this one up...except that it also features the 3rd part of the companion chronicles miniseries featuring Polly the Brigadier and Thomas Brewster continues on this CD. Polly continues her tale of the 2nd Doctor. The story is developing well but it is still unclear where it will be heading.