This is the fourth release from Big Finish in their range of audio only adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa. This is a cracking adventure that really captures the feel of the old TV adventures, while subtly updating and making use of the fact that on audio the visual effects are so much easier to realise. There are four episodes, roughly 25 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 notes from the author.
The Doctor and Nyssa arrive in 1960s Alaska, the TARDIS on the trail of a mysterious energy source. They suddenly jump forward thirty years and on setting out to investigate they find themselves trapped in a house with the usual bunch of Dr. Who supporting characters and some very odd fossils.
This story does what classic Who did so well, and blends the superstitions of the Alaskan peoples with the science fiction elements beautifully to create a story that is tense and intelligent. The script writers have realised that the monsters are so much better in audio, and are not limited by dodgy screen effects. By letting the imagination work with the descriptions given by the characters you can conjure up some quite frightening images. It's really well done and makes the most of the new medium.
This is set in the period between Arc of Infinity and Timeflight, when Five and Nyssa were travelling alone without Tegan. This addresses a missed opportunity in the TV series to show the Dr and Nyssa travelling alone, as she was too often overshadowed by the annoying Adric and Tegan. Davison and Sutton step right back into the roles as though they had never been away, and it all works rather well. 4 stars.
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