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on 8 July 2014
This story is the first back in the universe that we know after the Doctor and Charley have been in the Divergent Universe. They return from there with C’rizz and are immediately captured by Daleks. Separated, C’rizz, Charley and the Doctor find their own truths in the world they now find themselves in. For C’rizz the whole universe is new and strange, and he finds himself questioning everything, even the truths of his relationships with the Doctor and Charley. Charley finds herself helping a troubled young man and realises she is closer to home than she could ever have thought possible. And the Doctor finds himself torn between his duty to humanity, and the pleas of a very old and very dangerous foe.
The first part of this story leaves the listener quite baffled; it’s hard to reconcile some of the scenes that we hear with what is quite clearly happening in some of the other scenes. These all come together as the story progresses, but it is very cleverly done, and throws the listener right out of any ability to piece together the world or the scenarios that they are about to find themselves in (and with them, the Doctor and the Tardis crew). To that extent, the listener is flying as blind as the Doctor and the others for quite a while in the story. When the narrative falls into place and the pieces of the story come together, you find yourself realising all that has happened before really does make sense; and you find yourself wanting to listen to the whole story over again (which I did, just so I could see again how it all fitted together).
The Doctor is in fine form in this story; psychologically, ethically and morally finding his hands bound for quite a while in the story, Paul McGann plays the sensitive and morally aware Doctor very well indeed. Charley and C’rizz have their own very important parts to play in the story, and what C’rizz ultimately makes of the new universe in which he finds himself is quite troubling for future stories. Really great stuff; while the Daleks may play a part in this story, their actions are not always the paramount ones in the resolution of the story, but their role is definitely pivotal to the development of the other characters.