Reviewed By: Kamelion
Review Date: 5/23/19 3:23 pm
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Released May 2016
Calibris, May 31st 2008
This is my 3rd Jenny T. Colgan audio story this week, preceded by the newest Big Finish release No Place which is getting rave reviews, then Rose and the Snow Window as part of the The Day She Saved The Doctor Box Set. I really like her writing style and her ability to portray Doctors #9 and #10. Here in Time Reaver it's #10 and Donna again, from the 2nd of 4 stories in the very first Big Finish Doctor & Donna stories released in May 2016. Listeners were quick to learn that the on screen magic of The Doctor & Donna works well on audio and that David Tennant as the 10th Doctor and the right script simply rocks audio drama to the extreme. Add Murray Gold scores and you have instant and pure authentic Who.
On this space port hub of Calibris which Donna calls a planet sized King's Cross you can buy anything. Even parts for a type 40 TARDIS which the Doctor is in search of. While the TARDIS is being repaired he seeks out his old friend Amette Sourin while he and Donna wear psychic earplugs due to all of the noise of rockets launching, bands of aliens yelling, ships flying low. And people screaming.
Why are people screaming? Gully has stolen a weapon called a Time Reaver, aka Life Sucker or The Endurer. And he seems to be using it for fun. What is does is stop time for people whom are shot with this gun (which has been banned in every civilization evolved enough to invent it). So if someone is shot while laughing they will laugh for months or years. If they are screaming and in fear, yep same thing. Months or years and some of the time to their death. It's a horrible thing.
It is revealed that the planet of Calibris is facing the end of it's days. The sun is going supernova any day now and the society can not save itself due to it's own culture. Rather than send some of their 20 billion people on to other planets, they would rather all die together. They have chosen to die together and remain happy by self infliction of the Time Reaver. Had it not been stolen by an elicit criminal Gully. Solving this massive problem becomes the latest task of the Doctor.
A masterpiece of a story by Jenny T. Colgan which does rank right up there with No Place and Rose and the Snow Window.