This is the hundred and tenth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa and features a very welcome guest role for the great Andrew Sachs. There are 4 episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.
This is the second in a strong trilogy of adventures that started with the Haunting Of Thomas Brewster, and deals with the Doctor's adventures whilst trying to recover the TARDIS, stolen by Brewster the end of the aforementioned release. The Doctor, Nyssa and two Victorian friends find themselves thrown back in time to prehistoric earth, encountering a dominant race of scorpions that shouldn't be there, and a very old friend.
I do not wish to spoil the surprise of the identity of the old friend, it is revealed in a highly dramatic and effective scene at the end of the first episode. Andrew Sachs plays him just as he was in the TV series, but much older, and does a fine job. Davison and Sutton's interactions with him are superb, and it really does recapture the character.
There is lots of exciting running around being chased by giant scorpions and the like, and a really great study of the relationship between the Doctor and his companions that will delight long time fans of the series. There is even a little bit of redemption at the end. It's a landmark release that shows just how good Big Finish can be, especially when dealing with sensitive subjects from the TV days. 5 stars.
This release sees the return of the CD extras missing from the previous few releases. In these there is some interesting chat from Davison and Sarah Sutton about their time on TV together, and Davison's attitude towards some of his stories and companions. Interesting stuff.
Another audio story for doctor who. This one features Peter Davison as the fifth doctor, and Sarah Sutton as his companion Nyssa.
As usual this runs for four episodes each of twenty five minutes in duration. It is spread over two discs, two episodes a disc. The first begins with a trailer for the forthcoming audio story the doomwood curse, the next in the range, and both discs end with roughly fifteen minutes worth of interviews with cast and crew. The ones on this are really very good, Peter Davison especially being an excellent interviewee.
The story actually follows on from an earlier fifth doctor audio called the haunting of Thomas Brewster, which ended on something of a cliffhanger. This story picks up the doctor's efforts to deal with what happened there.
As a result of a scientific experiment that he instigates, the doctor and nyssa and a man and a woman from the 19th century are stranded in prehistoric times. But theres's something not quite right about the land and the beings where they end up.
And that's all because...
And that's all I can say without spoilers. please don't give me an unhelpful vote for that [although that won't stop the person who gives all of these unhelpful votes, but that's their problem] you'll thank me for it as the end of episode one is a brilliant cliffhanger, and not one you will forget in a hurry.
And whilst you don't need to have heard the haunting of Thomas Brewster to hear this, as it gives enough information about the previous story at the start, a lot of this story will not mean anything to you if you're not familiar with some events from tv stories in which Peter Davison played the doctor. It does help to know your continuity to get the most out of this.
But if you do, you will be rewarded with quite an enjoyable adventure. A deliberate pastiche of films like the lost world and at the earths core, with victorian adventurers battling ancient monsters, the supporting cast and characters are all very good, there are some real surprises on the way, and there are some emotional moments in part four that you won't forget in a hurry.
Not the best release of the year, but a very good one and well worth a listen