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on 22 April 2007
"The blood of innocents has been spilt - a terrible sequence of events has been set in motion. The forces of darkness are on the move.

"Deep underground, an army of light prepares itself for the oncoming war.

"The Doctor's used to winning. Stumbling in, reading the face of the enemy, and then beating the odds... but what if this time he's got it wrong? Charley and C'rizz think he has.

"Stripped of all that is familiar, just who is the Doctor? Major Koth thinks he knows.

"Lost among the dark caverns of an unknown world, has the Doctor finally met his match?"

For the Eighth Doctor's fourth adventure in the Divergent Universe, Big Finish productions once again plays down the unique potential of a universe without time and gives us another "Doctor Who by numbers" type of outing. Thankfully, it's better at least than "The Creed of the Kromon".

Will Shindler's script start with a classic "Doctor Who" story conceit - the Doctor and one of his companions are caught by a group of soldiers whilst standing over the murdered body of one of their colleagues, and are arrested and taken into custody. Once within the underground base of what turns out to be a resistance army, the Doctor's companions begin to sympathise with the rebels' cause, whilst the Doctor begins to doubt the motives of the rebel leader. A rift enseues between the Doctor and his companions, as Charley and C'rizz believe the Doctor to be searching for a malign influence that isn't there - searching for a monster to fight, as if that's all he knows how to do.

Unfortunately, the potential that this concept creates for an interesting character study is wasted as there is little to convince the listener that the Doctor is behaving erratically or out of desperation. Rather, it is the companions who seem to be at fault (yet again Conrad Westmaas' new companion C'rizz gets little chance to shine here, as he falls under the influence of the rebels and is very quickly sidelined). Paul McGann and India Fisher do their best with the material, but there's little particularly groundbreaking or involving about the way the story and characters develop, apart from a few gross-out moments towards the end (marred by the use of overly descriptive dialogue). "The Twilight Kingdom" is okay, but from Big Finish Productions, who often spoil us with their innovative and dramatic stories, we have come to expect more.
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