Reviewed By: adamelijah
Review Date: 6/22/19 5:03 am
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The Doctor arrives in 1828 as the Thames River Tunnel is over-budget and late and encounters the Brunels, a father and son, both famous civil engineers. Their latest project is not only troubled with its typical delays but its haunted (quite literally,) and it's up to the Doctor to set things right.
In the extras, writer Chris Chapman described how he'd written a historical after having done two big high concept pieces. It'd be more apt to say that he combined historical setting with a very large high concept, but the result is a pleasing concept. The historical information is impeccably researched and the strange events offer an explanation for real-life events.
Colin Baker is in fine form as the Doctor and he's ably supported by a solid host of guest characters so that you don't notice the lack of a companion at all. James MacCallum plays particularly well off the Doctor as the younger Brunel, while also still being true to the time period. Overall, a very solid pseudo-historical.