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on 12 November 2016
This is part of the series of Lost Stories produced as full cast audio dramas by Big Finish. These are stories which, for various reasons, were written, or had story ideas drawn up for various Doctors in the tv series, but were never made. Big Finish have released nearly 30 of these Lost Stories so far, and they’re a brilliant chance to hear stories that we might have seen on tv, had circumstances been different; and a great opportunity to hear stories of their time, written for the Doctor of the time. This one is the sixth release in the second series, and features Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, and Sophie Aldred as Ace. Like the previous story, this also features Beth Chalmers as Raine Creevy.
On board the space vessel Vancouver, the captain is delivering a shipload of grain from Earth Aid to the planet Safenesthome. But the captain seems a little unsure of herself, and members of the crew wonder about her. And the ship’s medical officer, the Doctor, seems to take on a bit more than you’d expect from his role, as well. When the Vancouver loses contact with the grain ship they are convoying, the Doctor and the Captain lead a mission over to check it out. They find the crew missing, but some others on board who aren’t exactly supposed to be there.
This story was co-written by Andrew Cartmel, who also wrote the previous stories Crime of the Century and Animal. The co-author of this story was Ben Aaronovitch. The story is a very good one, and I like the premise that it sets itself up with. The references to star ship captains, and in particular of course Star Trek are very funny, and I thought they were well written, and exremely well delivered for maximum effect for the audience.
The story rattles along nicely, and ties up a few loose ends along the way, which was nice. But there are at least three very big plot points that are raised in the story which are never resolved, which I thought was a bit odd. Very good, though, and a nice end to the loosely threaded story arc which involves Raine Creevy. The Doctor, Ace and Raine are very well played here, of course. And there is an excellent support cast, with well written characters, and very well performed, in particular I thought by Basher Savage as Yanikov, and Ingrid Oliver as Baraki. John Banks and Alex Mallinson play their respective alien ‘guest’ roles with great verve and touches of wit, as always.