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Dust Breeding - In space, no-one can hear the scream...,
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This is the twenty first release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven and Sophie Aldred as Ace. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 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 pictures of the cast and production notes.
The Doctor and Ace travel to the dust planet of Duchamp 331 in the future to, erm, `rescue' Edvard Munch's famous painting `The Scream', which history tells is about to vanish in mysterious circumstances. They are soon thrown in to an adventure driven by those `mysterious circumstances' as they come up against old foes, old friends and an old friend in a very different guise.
After high profile outings for the Daleks and Cybermen, the Brigadier and the Eighth Doctor, there is a surprise return of two old Who faces that really slipped under the radar. Caroline John, better known as Liz Shaw from Jon Pertwee's first series makes an appearance as the gleefully over the top Madame Slavadori. It's a terrific performance, and a welcome return to the Whoniverse. The second surprise is Geoffrey Beevers (Caroline John's real life husband) as a certain Mr. Seta. Fans of the program will instantly recognise from the actor and the pseudonym the identity of the returning villain. And Beevers does not disappoint. His suave tones drip with menace, and he provides a truly memorable villain.
McCoy and Aldred once again shine as Seven and Ace. McCoy has a lot of fun with dark and ominous pronouncements, and Aldred clearly relishes playing Ace again and running around kicking some alien @rse. The chemistry between them is, as always, excellent. There is also a welcome return for Bev Tarrant, a character from `The Genocide Machine'. It's a good character, and she has a great interaction with the Doctor and Ace, it's a pity she didn't reappear.
There's a real sense of danger and menace for the Doctor, some really great sound effects and some interesting philosophising on art and some of the Doctor's motives. In all its a really great little story, quite captivating and shows BF at the height of their powers. 5 stars.