Big Finish boast they like to tell stories. This is a good story on paper but is it a good audio production? It starts off very well, but there is far too little here to sustain four episodes. Although nice ideas the weak cliffhangers are a big clue as to whether it is worth tuning in to the next episode. By the third episode I have really had enough and completely switched off by the fourth. There are not many Big Finish stories I do not complete, but this one just rambles and the moment I am not sure I will go back as some of the later vocal work is unappealing too.
One for completists only. First episode is 4-5 stars, then it loses a star each episode, hence the low average.
A waste of a 6th Dr and Mel story. After the excellent 1001 Nights where the production team gauged correctly the length for several stories, here we have one that should have been edited to two episodes maximum, allowing another 2 parter to follow it.
Stories about backward cultures have limited appeal in the first place, the 1987 television story Paradise Towers being a good example of how opinion is divided. They can be good in places and quite entertaining, but the overall product can be poor and one that does not represent the range very well.
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