First released in 2008, this is the seventh episode of the second season of standalone releases for Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor outside of the monthly range of Big Finish releases. This is a one disc release, with a single 50 minute episode. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc.
The second season was an uneven one, scaling the heights with releases such as ‘The Zygon That Fell To Earth’, and plumbing the depths with tales such as ‘Dead London’. This opening episode of the two part finale bucks the trend by being average. Neither great nor terrible, it does its job and leaves it at that.
It has at its heart an interesting idea. Early on the Doctor vanishes, and the bulk of the sotry is carried by Sheridan Smith as Lucie. This is a great idea, and Smith works the material to get every last emotional response from it. In that level this is a good piece. But unfortunately the plot and script let things downa bit, there is not build up of threat or tension, the villains are poorly realised and there is a bit of a muddle of a plot.
I won’t try to summarise the story, mainly because I didn’t really follow it. It relies heavily on the listener being familiar with ‘The Brain Of Morbius’, one of the all time classic serials. On the whole this is a poor production, raised to average by the impressive performance of Sheridan Smith, and Alexaner Sidding as Rosto, the policeman of the future who proves to be the most interesting character in the story. 3 stars.
latest audio story in the second season of doctor who audio plays featuring paul mcgann as the eighth doctor and sheridan smith as his companion, feisty northern lass lucie miller.
the story lasts for roughly fifty minutes. the disc has a few minutes of interviews with cast and crew right after the story. and concludes with a trailer for the next in the season. paul mcgann and sheridan smith have an excellent chemistry together and are highly entertaining to listen to. and the story stands alone so you can get into it without having heard all the previous ones in the range.
mind you this one is the beginning of a two part story and ends on a big cliffhanger that will be resolved in the next release in the season.
like the current doctor series on tv, scheduling reasons leave this one as what they call a 'doctor lite' story, in that the actor playing the doctor doesnt appear in much of it, and it's up to the companion to carry the story. and this sheridan smith as lucie certainly does. when the tardis, escaping danger, lands on a spaceship and strange creatures kidnap the doctor, what can she do?
come out fighting, that's what. a superb performance from sheridan smith takes lucie through a whole gamut of feelings. and she's not the only one who's trying to find the doctor. a group whom the doctor met once long before [in a certain story from the tv show that will be familiar to fans but you don't need to have seen to understand this] have plans, and the universe is threatened as a result.
what will happen to our heroes?
we'll have to wait till the next release to find out.
This is very much part one of a bigger story and whilst it's here to set a lot of things up, it's a very entertaining listen. roll on part two