Reviewed By: traves8853
Review Date: 10/5/15 7:38 pm
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'The Mists of Time' was written by Jonathan Morris and directed by Lisa Bowerman. It was initially a digital download exclusively offered to readers of Doctor Who Magazine Issue 411, but was later released as part of The Companion Chronicles: The Specials box set, which was released in August 2011. This audio drama was recorded on 18 and 30 December 2008.
Joe inexplicably finds herself back on the ravaged Zayin Eight, in the far future, with a human called Newton Calder who she had met there on a previous outing, and to who she recalls her previous encounter. The Doctor and Joe had landed on a desolate war torn planet and almost immediately encountered apparitions re-enacting war from the distant past. Soon after they discover a group of archaeologists, who have become stranded, and can't radio for help because the magnetism of the stormy atmosphere of the planet is blocking the distress signal. The Doctor and Joe decide to explore the planet’s surface further, and discover a long forgotten secret of the Time Lords.
David Darlington's soundscape has no real music, but lots of howling wind which sets a haunting atmosphere. The echoes in the caverns sound realistic, as do the weather effects. This is essential late night listening. Titles like 'Beyond the Ultimate Adventure' and 'Nekromanteia' could have both benefited from this kind of approach rather than thick gothic doom laden music, but they would have still been terrible stories.
Katy Manning mostly narrates this with Andrew Whipp playing Newton Calder. Katy really throws herself into this and you have to admire her enthusiasm even though she doesn't sound much like Pertwee she doesn't sound all that much like her younger self either, but she does give an enchanting performance.
This is a well-paced story, although perhaps ever so slightly too long, but is very obvious at times, and lacks the emotive gravitas of the very best of the Companion Chronicles range. Despite that, there is a nice twist at the end and it's a very enjoyable production.