First released in 2006, this is the fourth episode of a of the first standalone series for Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor outside of the monthly range of Big Finish releases. This is a one disc release, with a single 50 minute episode. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc.
Following the rather fun release `Horror of Glam Rock', this episode in the Eighth Doctor's adventures has a slightly darker and more serious tone. Which is fine, as Paul McGann can do dark and serious very well. Eight and Lucie land on a mountain top next to pair of lovers about to commit suicide. Things don't go to plan, and pretty soon all four are in the custody of what appear to be the gods Zeus and Hera. It soon becomes clear that the immortal Gods immortality is the result of some morally obscene practices, and the Doctor vows to stop them.
Ian McNeice guests as Zeus, devious, cunning, morally bankrupt and a dirty old man at heart. Elspet Grey is Hera, just as devoid of humanity. Lucie is starting to have her eyes opened to the depravity that exists in the wider universe, where Eight is appalled but no longer surprised at the depths people will plumb. He and Lucie are turning into one of the great TARDIS crews, quite a relief after Eight was lumbered with C'Rizz in the main range. I am rather enjoying the characterisation of Eight in this series, sometimes we get glimpses of his original tiggerish self, and sometimes it is his gloomier personality that dominates. But having the mixture of the two rather than one or the other is proving to be a great aspect of the series, and Paul McGann does it excellently.
It's a well produced, thought provoking production that still has room for a bit of fun and some adventure. 5 stars.
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