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on 17 July 2015
This is the eighth story in the 11-story arc of the Destiny of the Doctor, tales which were released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. The stories are stand-alone tales of each of the eleven doctors, as told by one of their companions, and there is an interlinking arc within the stories which, hopefully, will all come together in the eleventh and final story, featuring the Eleventh Doctor.
This story is quite unusual in that it features the Eighth Doctor, who never appeared on the BBC tv program, and his companion Charley Pollard, who also never featured in the BBC program, but who is an original companion created for the Big Finish audio productions. So it is quite a feat for this to have all come together in a way that allows the eleven-story arc to continue, using a companion not known on tv, but who is an important Eighth Doctor companion to those familiar with the Big Finish Eighth Doctor audio stories.
The Doctor and Charley get a message from one of the Doctor’s other selves, but there is interference in the message, so they are left with a somewhat cryptic warning. Attempting to make sense of it, they land in London in 1935 and search for clues based on what they think they know. Of course, it all goes horribly wrong and much mad mayhem ensues before it’s all sorted out.
This is a story that is performed tremendously well by India Fisher, narrating the story, performing Charley’s part, and also playing other parts as required; with support from Michael Maloney who performs the part of Hilary really well. The performance is good, the characterisations are very good and ‘true’, the presentation of the story is good in the time and context of that story, but the story itself is rather lame. A pity; there was great opportunity for a great story, even given the outcome that is obviously required in the arc, but this story was rather forgettable as a Doctor Who story.