This is the hundred and fortieth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Philip Olivier as Hex. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the second disc and a few minutes of the soundtrack at the end of disc 1.
This story follows directly from `Project: Destiny', and deals with the fall out from Hex finding out the truth about his heritage. It also brings back the trickiest of foes for the Doctor, Nobody No-one, Word Lord and all round nasty piece of work.
It's a complex story who's plot I will not try to summarise lest it give away a few spoilers. Suffice to say that it is a desparate struggle to the death between the Doctor and Nobody, who uses other people's words to reshape reality. It gives a lot of time for the companions, with Ace and Hex getting a lot of good moments. But the focus of the story is on a reappearance of the Sixth Doctor's companion the redoubtable Evelyn Smyth. It a release that spends a lot of time wrapping up a few story strands, notably Evelyn's guilt over the death of Hex's mother and, of course, Hex's own feelings towards the Doctor for hiding the truth from him. In these respects it is not a place for newbies to start, as it picks up a few continiuing story arcs. And overlaid onto all of that is a complex scheme to defeat the word lord which has a lot of `timey wimey' stuff in it and at the end becomes quite multilayered and left me wondering what was the `real' reality, and what, in fact, had just happened?
The character study is well done and worth while, 5 stars for this aspect. The overcomplicated plot to defeat Nobody was a bit too confusing, so three stars for this aspect. 4 stars on average.
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