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Following an emergency landing, the TARDIS arrives on a remote world orbiting a peculiar star – a pulsar which exerts an enormous gravitational force, strong enough to warp time.

On further exploration the Doctor and his friends, Jamie and Zoe, discover a human outpost on the planet surface, inhabited by scientists who are there to study an ancient city. The city is apparently abandoned, but the scientists are at a loss to explain what happened to its sophisticated alien architects.

The Doctor discovers that something dark, silent and deadly is also present on the world - and it is slowly closing in on the human intruders...
Frazer Hines (Jamie McCrimmon), Evie Dawnay (Sophie)
Written By
Directed By
John Ainsworth


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Review By JMChurch25
Rated 10/10 on 2/27/13 1:33 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
A fantastic Second Doctor story and a very good continuation of the Destiny of the Doctor storyline. Frazer Hines is a much better narrator than Carole Ann Ford and his imitations of Patrick Troughton's Doctor and Zoe are spot on. The story and script here written by Simon Guerrier is very unique and different, with many unexpected twists and turns that take you by surprise, particularly an unexpected cameo (*NO SPOILERS*) that made me smile and seemed like it was meant to be at some point or another (HINT: Bow ties were cool back then as well as now). It definitely feels like a Second Doctor story and would've worked VERY well on screen as well even with some of the modern touches added. A great audio-drama even without the connections to the Destiny of the Doctor story, much better than "Hunters of Earth", and definitely worth multiple listens! Can't wait to see where the story goes from here with Doctor #3!
Review By mrpiepants
Rated 8/10 on 11/23/13 1:02 am
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
An alright plot but a great performance from Frazer Hines
Review By komodo
Rated 8/10 on 8/19/13 5:44 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Frazer Hines does a very good job of narrating the story.
He also plays his classic role of Jamie perfectly.
And, he does the best second doctor impression that can be done. He has done the voice perfectly before, but I think this is his best effort.

An absolute pleasure to listen to.

Except that the story was a little dull and too much Frazer tended to challenge one's mental stamina. (I may have drifted off a few times)

Wonderful voice work from Frazer Hines, so I will listen to it again.
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Review By saroz
Rated 8/10 on 5/7/13 1:49 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
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.
Review By Gcookscotland
Rated 7/10 on 10/7/13 8:58 am
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
The second Destiny of the Doctor story is a story with the second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe. The story was not up to much but the narrating by Fraser was wonderful he brings has character Jamie and the second doctor to life it a pity the story did not live up the his performance.
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