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4.0 out of 5 stars Interstellar tomb raiding, 4 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Tomb Ship (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
A new Doctor Who audio story. Featuring Peter Davison as the Doctor, and Sarah Sutton as his companion Nyssa.

This is the second in a new trilogy for them. Which started with Moonflesh (Doctor Who). Let's just say that the stories in the trilogy aren't quite as standalone as you might think, and you will get more out of this one if you have heard Moonflesh.

It runs for four parts. Spread over two cd's. Episodes run from twenty five to thirty minutes in length [approx.].

The story is set aboard a vast pyramid. Which is floating through space. This is a tomb ship. Tomb of the last god king of the arrit, a very advanced race. Long since extinct.

An avaricious lady and her children are searching the place for treasure. But it's a deadly environment, full of traps.

When the TARDIS arrives, and the Doctor finds out something about the Tomb, everyone on board faces a race against time to survive...

From the off this does have the feel of it's era. And is a story that might just have worked on tv at the time. Although audio and the imagination make the visuals stronger than 1980's bbc special effects could have managed.

Virna, the leader of the tomb raiders, is a very strong character. A totally appalling individual, but a well acted and believable creation. You might be hard pressed to remember the names of many of the other supporting characters, but the actors do well and make them all individual and different. Particularly one who spends a lot of the story working with Nyssa. The two having a good dynamic.

It does try hard to be a roller coaster ride, and it succeeds at this. Which does mean that it demands your full attention in order to keep up with it. Which is no bad thing. In many ways it follows the typical structure of a four part story -set up, investigate, run around, resolve - but with twists and surprises often coming along, that keeps it going at a good pace.

One surprise in particular is a sit up and gasp moment and one you won't see coming. Well done Big Finish on that.

The last episode has some great character moments, especially for those of the supporting cast who have developed along the way, some exciting moments, and an excellent final scene which will make you look forward to what happens next.

Which is the story Masquerade (Doctor Who). A trailer for which is on the cd track on disc two after the end of part four.

This one is a very good release and a very good listen.

There's eight minutes [approx] of music from the story on the last track of disc one.

And fourteen minutes [approx] of interviews with cast and crew on the last two tracks of disc two.
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Initial post: 4 Jun 2014 19:20:05 BDT
Great review Paul, I enjoyed this story,Reminds me of Pyramid Of Mars were the Doctor has to solve puzzles.

Great review, What was your reaction to the surprise companion in the Tardis?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2014 21:06:38 BDT
Paul Tapner says:
Totally caught me by surprise. Really didn't see that coming. I love it when big finish manage something like that.

I thought the lady in scavenger was the most ruthless female character in big finish ever, but she had nothing on virna.
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