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on 23 February 2011
Original monthly release 143 from the Big Finish Doctor Who collection sees the return of the eponymous Victorian urchin cum time traveller - or the 'artless dodger' as The Doctor calls him - as well as the cynical Mancunian copper DI Menzies and sexegenarian historian Evelyn Smythe. Having always disliked the latter as a fussy and overbearing addition to the TARDIS, this story actually warmed me to her at long last; there's no doubt that Maggie Stables' creation is a sharp cookie and her relationship with 'old sixie' is clearly of mutual benefit to both travellers.
Menzies is another great character, who sparks off Colin Baker's pompous (although increasingly less so these days) Sixth Doctor wonderfully, while John Pickard's wily cockerney scamp Brewster also provides an earthiness that counterpoints the Sci-fi shenanigans nicely.
With deadly giant flying insects, an opening boat chase along the Thames that is reminiscent of a James Bond movie, and David Troughton as a sinister crime lord, this audio release has everything you could wish for, and shows quite clearly that there's an awful lot of life in the old dog yet.
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