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Vortex Ice is a very clever journey of the doctor interacting with his own personal time line. And we all know how dicey that can be!
The doctor is drawn to an "unknown energy source"or so we're first told. Landing the TARDIS with Pip in a cave located in Mexico. On arrival they of course bump into another party of scientists. The journey they jointly embark upon involves death, explosions, a cybernetic octopus with fantastic and quite disturbing powers over time itself. And of course, a crashed space ship.
This is an extremely clever story involving time. I can't say to much else I'll be including to many spoilers! Except to say that where you are in terms of the doctor's actual time line is more complex than you first imagine. In fact, its so cleverly done, this story is well worth another one or more listens to. That way you can turn truly appreciate the layers and twists the author has wound together and how these all connect very neatly in the end. Now, be warned, don't bother trying to make sense of this complexity the first time round. You won't be able to. For one, you don't get the final piece until right at the end! Nevertheless, it's still a fantastic amusing and wonderful mystery which fully explores the unique challenges of time travel.
In many ways it reminded me a lot of the seventh doctor stories. Because he's such a master at doing exactly what happens in this story. Although, for that doctor there circumstances after much more often intentional.
A wonderful story. I'll leave the review of the 2nd equally enjoyable story of this release to other reviewers