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Another Doctor Who audio story, featuring Colin Baker as the Doctor. His companion here is Frazer Hines as Jamie. Who has returned to the TARDIS. This one follows right on from Dr Who City of Spires CD (Dr Who Big Finish) (Doctor Who). And these two do feel like chapters in one big story, so it's best to have heard that before hearing this.

The story Dr Who Nights Black Agents CD (Dr Who Big Finish Companion) (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) actually comes in between the two but that's a bit of a sidestep and you can hear this main trilogy without hearing that.

This particular story runs for four episodes, spread over two discs, and each part runs from twenty five to thirty two minutes approx. It sees the Doctor endavouring to take Jamie on a trip on the Queen Mary. Only to find that they've landed on the Titanic. On a fateful evening in 1912.

Whilst attempting to get back to the TARDIS and escape strange things begin to happen. And that's only the start of an epic journey involving several fantastical vehicles, desperate attempts to survive, and hints of something much bigger going on that the Doctor is now in the middle of.

Episode one fairly flies by, and allows for some great dialogue and character moments as Jamie and the Doctor both make new friends. Jamie's dialgoue is excellent and so in keeping with the character. He's not dumb, but there are things he simply doesn't know.

Part two sees the pace drop off a little slightly as this becomes a more linear tale. One of survival in extreme environments. All of which are well created although the music does feel a little intrusive at points.

Things shift in part three when the bigger story begins to come into play. After a fair bit of hinting as to what's going on this does manage some good drama. And then finally part four ends with what the two stories so far have been building up to. One very big cliffhanger. That actually will make you look at city of spires in a different light. But won't have as much impact on those who don't know the continuity of the original version of the show as it will on those who do.

So whilst this doesn't quite live up to the promise of part one and it is again a chapter in something bigger it's an entertaining bit of writing with some good delights on the way. And those who fall in the latter of the above mentioned groups will like that ending.

Disc one has a trailer for the third part of the trilogy at the start of it, and roughly nine minutes of the music from the story on it's own on it's final track.

Disc two ends with roughly fifteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew. The trailer and interviews should ideally be listened to after the story to avoid minor spoilers.

The third part of the trilogy is Dr Who Legend of the Cybermen (Doctor Who). It will pick up from where this one finishes. And it should on the basis of the story so far, be well worth a listen.
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