Reviewed By: adamelijah
Review Date: 4/23/17 3:46 am
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This story finds the Doctor, Helen, and Liv in New York where Cardinal Olistra (Carolyn Pickles) has teamed up with the Monk on a plan to save the survivors of Gallifrey while doing nothing to save the rest of the Universe. In addition, the Weeping Angels are involved and before you know it, the Eleven comes to call.
This story is one of Matt Fitton's best. This is the type of set up that has often gone awry both on television and in Big Finish where massive big ideas overflow with too many concepts and too many plot points and not enough time to explore them. This story manages to keep everything in place and we get a deep well-structured hour that does so much.
Big Finish continues to make great use of the Weeping Angels over audio, really making them terrifying in ways you never expect to work. Rufus Hound is superb as the Monk and embodies that character's worse instincts: his willingness to meddle unthinkingly, refuse to take responsibility, and do whatever it takes to save is own skin.
The story doesn't require a massive knowledge of Big Finish outside of the previous Doom Coalition box sets, but there are Easter Eggs for those who do. For example, longtime Eighth Doctor Adventures listeners know the exact reason for the tension between the Monk and te Doctor, even though the Monk doesn't. In addition, there's a nice foreshadowing of the Time War.
My biggest complaint is the Deputy Mayor who has one of the worst American Accents featured in Big Finish since Invasion from Mars and her speech at the start of the episode takes too long and doesn't ring true. Still, it turns into an after thought, in otherwise magnificent episode.