Reviewed By: traves8853
Review Date: 9/2/15 11:14 am
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In a world of prolonged night where time paces at a snail's pace a train speeds along the tracks to Kettering junction. On board is a local WREN by the name of Ms Constance and Timothy Hope legal Clark. The train grinds to a halt. A party goes to explore the local surroundings engulfed in fog. After a while when nobody returns Timothy and Constance go out together to find their fellow passengers. Soon the pair gets lost, until the stumble on a brightly coloured stranger. They soon stumble on the same train abandoned and in an advanced state of neglect with blood trails days old. The party decides to journey till they come across Keith Potter the Train Spotter, who joins their group and advises them that Kettering station had twelve platforms yesterday but has seventeen today. The party moves on once more and finds the same train in its original state with the passengers, but one has been murdered by a lunatic killer and the driver has disappeared!
This feels like Colin's time to shine. His Doctor is authoritative without being arsey, and can take a backseat without being dull. It feels like the writers are pulling out all the stops with not one villain reveal but two, and the orchestral score underpinning this is perfectly moulded to the contours of the narrative. The sound effect that signifies that somebody has been taken over is sudden and has real impact, not being lifted from the classic series it’s sudden and surprising. This tense thriller had me on the edge of my seat. All the cast really pull their weight in this, although Constance is still a bit of a mystery and wasn't heavily involved so the jury is still out there.
The one downside that I could find was that after the villain reveal the moustache twirling adversary lays out all his plans in quite an exposition heavy manner similar to a James Bond villain, and his downfall comes from henchman betrayal so the ending whilst being new and still exciting had an air of familiarity to it. However that wasn't quite the end….