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An interesting idea but disappointingly dull execution
on 14 May 2013
"I know what I'm doing."
"But that's what I always say when I don't know what I'm doing."
Yet another in AudioGo's series of unsatisfying interlocking stories spread over several CDs, this suffers from the same problem that let down earlier efforts like Demon Quest and Hornets' Nest: rather than feeling like self-contained stories with a binding strand like the modern incarnation of the TV series, it tends to play like another unresolved, half-thought out part of a story that might make sense when you hear all the parts but doesn't interest you enough to seek them out. On it's own terms it's moderately ambitious (though the six-Doctor arc won't be fully revealed unless you hear all the stories) but unfortunately rather dull - it's another running through corridors in another space station, with an abandoned city, a shifting timescape and the unseen threat of `The Quiet Ones' adding up to not that much at the end of the day despite the odd good idea. Although focussing on Patrick Troughton's Doctor (here given a splendid impersonation by his former co-star Frazer Hines, who has his stuttering like a motorboat engine delivery down to a tee), it's not entirely true to his era, even throwing in a psychic paper link to current Doctor, though it does share his weaker stories' habit of stopping the story to allow him to explain everything. The problem is that it doesn't manifest many of the strengths of the second Doctor's classic TV outings despite clearly drawing on similar elements and, unfortunately, making the effort show a little too much. Still, Hines' Troughton is worth a listen even if the remainder of the adventure's execution is a bit on the dull side.