Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 9/17/14 6:35 am
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This is a story from Unit and the third Doctor era. For me one of my personal favorites. I love the concept and idea of UNIT and the stranded on earth Doctor trying to assist earths defences, and change the xenophobic thinking of the earth's government. This story does not fail to deliver and support this theme. Retold by the wonderful late Nicholas Courtney, with assistance in part by Toby Longworth providing the curt German UNIT officer parts.
This story unfortunately is a little weak, it is predictable and it does fall short, however these are me being overly critical. The story actually could well have been one that Pertwee and Courtney would have starred in, the production again is faultless from Big Finish in respect of handling the sound scape, and the production of the material.
Courtney plays Lethbridge-Stewart as though he is not even acting, that the character is Courtney, and I like the way he mimics Pertwee, and makes reference to the fact that his German counterparts in UNIT will not know what to make of the Doctor with his flamboyant almost theatrical attire and style. Courtney delivers on every level, and so does Toby with his interpretation of the Germanic officer and other parts. Courtney commits and you get a sense of urgency, remorse and regret as the drama unfolds, so this is a good Doctor Who story, perfectly matched to the era it is trying to portray. The story in a nutshell, the Germans haven't been quite honest as to why historic past occupants of a castle that they occupy as UNIT HQ are coming back to create havoc, and only when the Dr intervenes do we learn how the dis-honesty of what they have been up to has lead to their own demise.