Reviewed By: Drew Vogel
Review Date: 10/20/17 7:26 pm
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This one kind of sneaks up on you. It's not flashy or showy. The story isn't exceptional or astoundingly original. But it's quite good, and the characters are really well done. It's a bit of a shame that it's another story involving the TARDIS arriving in a kind of virtual prison, so soon after "Something Inside". Still, that can't be helped, and this stories are really strikingly different, so it's not a big problem. "Something Inside" was quite violent with an atmosphere of constant threat and oppression. "Memory Lane" is quite light and cheery, almost whimsical. I mean, just look at that first cliffhanger: the TARDIS being stolen by an ice cream van. That's very much indicative of the style of the piece.
The story is pretty good, more or less. The ultimate explanation for what's happening is a bit convoluted, and the there's a lot of running around before we finally get there. But it works well enough. What really makes the story pop is the dialogue and the characterization. This is the first script Eddie Robson contributed to Big Finish, and there will be many, many more to come. He makes a strong first impression with this one.