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when you've got to go
on 14 February 2010
Latest in the series of doctor who audio plays that adapts scripts which didnt make it to the screen during colin baker's era in the role on tv.
This follows the format of the two previous ones by having two long episodes, fifty five and fifty nine minutes, with one to a disc. Both discs end with fifteen minutes or so of interviews with cast and crew. And these tell the story of how this script wasn't as well known about as some of the other lost ones, and how the son of the man who wrote it discovered the existence of this range by chance and how he came to adapt it to audio as a result.
And thank goodness he did. Because this is a very pleasant surprise, being a story of high quality.
It begins with the doctor and peri landing in what appears to be medieval england, as a young man from a village is being hunted. Amongst the hunt is the mythical figure Herne. When people of this world reach a certain age, their time is up. And that's what the man is running from.
What follows would appear to be conventional doctor who in many ways. Doctor and companion discovering oppressed people and getting separated and making new friends whilst helping the rebels free themselves. But the pleasure is in the details. The setting is original - some of the plot may remind you of a certain famous science fiction film from the 70's, but it throws in a twist on that - the supporting characters are well written and well played, and the plot does manage some excellent twists and turns. An excellent cliffhanger at the end of part one throws in an interesting new element.
At the heart of it though we have the sixth doctor and peri how they should be written. The former brusque at times but determined and csapable when fighting the moral evil of tyranny, and the latter a more than capable foil who never gives up and tries to do her best. She has one great rabble rousing speech in part two.
Added to which, there's some excellent incidental music, and a final scene that succeeds in getting the mood that it strives for.
We lost something by not getting to see this story on tv - it's unclear why it never happened but it was possibly down to budgetary concerns - but we have gained something by getting to hear it now.
A trailer for the next in this range csn be found at the start of disc one. Hopefully it will be as good as this