Reviewed By: MTL
Review Date: 8/5/14 5:57 pm
3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Big Finish's fairly recent switch to '3 part + 1 part story' to '4 one part stories' suggests a realisation that they are very adept at using the short 30 minute story form to tell incredibly versatile tales.
This story is almost entirely told through phone calls between Lauren and the Doctor, but rather than being a neat structural device, the story uses it to capture how their relationship develops over time. The structure exploits the audio medium brilliantly but it also allows the actors to shine.
Baker is as great as always but he gets to explore new areas much as the Doctor does. Phone calls are not his forte, he admits, so it is fascinating to see him realise how important these calls are for Lauren. Speaking of which, she is brilliantly written by Robson and executed fantastically by Kate Brown. She could easily be a companion and, personally, I'm still hoping for a much delayed sequel.
The story might be slight but the characters are brilliantly crafted and brought to life, so that it is ultimately a very enjoyable story.