A fun romp as well as a perfect recreation of the UNIT years. Beautiful script, great narration, wonderful atmosphere - a highly enjoyable release!
Review By saroz
5/7/13 1:52 am
As of May's release, this is probably the single most traditional "Destiny" story so far, at least in feel. The listener is placed instantaneously in the early 1970s with the third Doctor, the Brigadier and Mike Yates, and the story plays on the common tropes of the time about psychic power from the Earth and stone circles with mysterious secrets. Is it anything groundbreaking? No. However, it's quite fun and well told by Richard Franklin, who seems to have restrained himself from some of his goofier voices since his last Companion Chronicle. Anyone who enjoys the Pertwee era will get a huge shot of nostalgia and an enjoyable story to boot.
Review By saroz
5/7/13 1:49 am
Secondary characters are a little thin in this one - as of May's release, the second voice is probably utilized least here - but Simon Guerrier's story is a powerhouse of atmosphere, and his crew of the second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe really shine from the first minute on. There's definitely an attempt here to evoke the classic second Doctor stories, but it's not slavishly done; the tone is a little darker and moodier than anything we saw on TV, which in my opinion is all to the good. The minimalist score and excellent scenic descriptions put me strongly in mind of groundbreaking science-fiction movies from the time; there's a definite "2001: A Space Odyssey" quality to it all (I was reminded especially of the sequence with the monolith on the moon), and it even evokes a couple from a few years later, such as "Solaris" and "Silent Running." In the end, the story's wrapped up a little hurriedly, but the journey getting there is so enjoyable I don't mind a bit. This is a keeper.