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4.0 out of 5 stars rain of terror, 28 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Plague of the Daleks (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Latest doctor who audio play to feature peter davison as the doctor and sarah sutton as his companion nyssa. this is the final part of a trilogy set in the village of stockbridge, which has featured in the comic strip in doctor who magazine from time to time.

This story begins where the last one The Eternal Summer (Doctor Who) left off, but despite that those who havent heard it or read the magazine should have no trouble getting into this because it does pretty much stand alone.

The doctor and nyssa find that stockbridge of the future is now a tourist attraction run by a man and his daughter, and most of the population are clones of old residents. just as a tour party consisting of an eclectic group of aliens arrives, a strange rain cloud strikes the place, turning people into zombie like creatures.

And somewhere in the village, the doctor's greatest enemies are waiting...

This runs for four episodes of roughly twenty five minutes each, spread over two discs. The cast are very good, and the pace never lets up for the first three episodes. One irksome point is that a character who is meant to be annoying really is! Whilst this feels like a story from the comic strip, which to an extent is the point, it just never really comes to life at first. There's nothing wrong with it, but there's nothing outstanding either.

However things do pick up greatly in the final part, where some very cunning dalek schemes are revealed, there's some very interesting voice moments for them, a continuity problem from the show is neatly resolved, and there are two powerful moments that are really very sad and melancholy and will live with you for a little while.

Not a bad story, then, and worth sticking with for the final part, but not the best in the range.

There are roughly twenty minutes of interviews with cast and crew at the end of disc one.

The end of disc two sees the nine minute long three companions part ten, latest in a story that has been running over these releases for the past ten of them. Casual listeners wont be able to pick the plot up this late, but those who have followed it may find it takes a little getting used to as character thomas brewster both narrates and has dialogue and it jumps between these styles rather quickly.

But the writer really gets the character of brewster and writes him very well, and this episode does move the plot along nicely and bring a few things together. It will make you want to know what happens next.

For that see the next release, A Thousand Tiny Wings (Doctor Who) a trailer for which is at the start of disc one
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