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on 7 July 2015
This is the 170th story in the Big Finish Main Range, and is the second in a series of three stories which re-introduces the character of Melanie Bush, the companion first seen with the Sixth Doctor in the tv series when she appears in a story (Terror of the Vervoids) brought by the Valeyard in evidence against the Doctor at the Doctor’s Trial (Trial of a Time Lord).
Mel and the Doctor are travelling in the Tardis, Mel bemoaning the fact that the Tardis has no windows, and they can’t enjoy the journey as well as getting to where they are going. Materialising, they find themselves at Tantane Spaceport; but the Doctor is surprised to find that there are no other people, nor spaceships there. Meanwhile, Naysmith is undergoing her initiation into Economy under the auspices of Elder Bones. When Naysmith meets the Doctor and Mel, she finds her initiation taking a strange turn. Why are Business and Economy so at odds in the abandoned Spaceport? And what is the Wailer?
This is a great story. The Doctor and Mel find themselves in an enclosed space, with no view of outside. But it is a huge enclosed space in which they are trapped, and there are other people trapped in there with them, but apart from them. The communities of Business and Economy live separate from each other and from the outside world. The story starts from a very small and insular viewpoint and expands outwards as the Doctor and Mel shake up the world that has been Tantane Spaceport for over four hundred years, and both the Doctor and Mel’s characters are well utilised in the story, as well as very well written for their parts. The Doctor has that rather brusque mannerism of his earlier incarnation, and Mel is both loyal and slightly exasperated with his rudeness at times. Both characters are strong in their own right, and interact well with the other characters at Tantane that they meet. Those other characters are all also well written, and Iabel Fay as Naysmith, Gwilym Lee as Pretty Swanson, Beth Chalmers as both Galpan and Beauty Swanson, and Adrian MacKinder as Rogers do a great job. I think John Banks does a fantastic job in his parts, showing a brilliant virtuosity in his voice acting. And Ronald Pickup is, of course absolutely brilliant as Elder Bones, showing a depth of character through just his intonation of voice that is worthy of such a superb and experienced actor. A brilliant story, and definitely recommended.