Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 6/23/16 10:06 am
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Tom Baker will be, always the Doctor, his deep bass tones, rising to the high sarcastic nuance, to indicate some rather obvious gag or joke, always makes me smile, and also makes me warm inside. I think that for Tom, Big Finish have given him the opportunity to explore and even to some extent to extend the character for which he will always be known and loved. What makes this run of current adventures more interesting is that Tom is accompanied by Lalla as Romana. The old team is completed with the addition of K9. The script fits Tom perfectly. Although I do dream of a longer release for Tom, something around hour and half or 2 hours. Much like one of my favorite Who/Big Finish adventures of Fourth Doctor Boxed set. However, what makes this release so much more wonderfully entertaining, is the addition of Ray Brooks as the rogue, almost straight out of Oliver character of Drax, the time-lord that gets by and is a big dodgy and bit just too near being wrong than right, but lovable whilst doing it. It is also the month of the Blimivitch limitation, in fact the month of duplicity of timelords in general.
I don't want to give too much away with this release, I feel that it is a real little gem. I will therefore concentrate on the performance, Tom is so easy at this it is effortless, and also still maintains that edge that he always had. Ray Brooks playing the artful dodger character of Drax, is also a rather good comedy foil for Tom and we need a few more stories with Ray in and Tom, rather a good pairing. Lalla takes and kicks it old skool with her Lalla, pitch perfect. The rest of the cast all do there bit, but let's not kid ourselves, this is all about Tom Baker, and for those who grew up on a diet of Tom and his crew this is a real nostalgia trip in full 625 line, Standard Definition, Mono sound sci-fi. I am still struggling to find this in my classic DVD collection of third doctor adventure. This is how good this story is and if that is not recommendation enough I don't know what is. In the words of that lovable Sontaran. "Buy this you puny human scum"