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on 26 August 2015
This is the 85th cd set in the Big Finish Main Release range. The story features the Seventh Doctor, travelling with Mel.
The Tardis lands, and while the Tardis travellers don’t know where or when they are, the Doctor feels that something is very wrong. Something has upset the Tardis, and the Doctor and Mel must find out before they can leave. All too soon, they find themselves in the midst of murder, in a place where murder cannot possibly occur. The inhabitants of The Needle have had violence and responsibility removed from their systems; but that doesn’t mean that some of them at least don’t still crave the experience.
This is a fantastic story. The setup, with The Needle, and the inhabitants who have chosen to live there being able to live their lives in a safe environment with others who share their values of no violence and no responsibility, seems like an idyllic environment. But human nature itself seems to have been overlooked, and when Whitenoise, the monitoring system in The Needle finds that things occur which cannot possibly be occurring, what must it do to preserve its operating parameters?
The Doctor, played by Sylvester McCoy, is in top form here. He is required to act in a manner that could easily have become overstated, but his performance here is just in the right tone. Mel, played by Bonnie Langford, plays a pivotal role in the story, and does so staunchly. The supporting cast, including Sandi Toksvig as Vi Yulquen, John Stahl as Whitehoise, Sean Oliver as Chief Blue, and Kellie Ryan as Celia Fortunate in particular are really well cast, and offer extremely strong performances. I found this story riveting from beginning to end, and never felt that the story missed a beat. Top notch stuff.