Reviewed By: jolyon
Review Date: 9/13/14 6:32 am
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Fans of the first Doctor, be prepared for Carole Ann Ford's Susan being put through some harrowing scenes. She may have proved herself capable of the emotional work during the eighth Doctor's fourth series, but this is young Susan faced with a number of unpleasant situations. It all comes about because Smith creates a backstory for the Voord that turns them into a villain you would welcome back time and again. Although there is reference to The Keys of Marinus, you certainly don't need to have seen it to follow what is going on here.
William Russell is as reliable as ever turning in performances as both Ian and the Doctor, but this release is enhanced by having the larger supporting cast, turning it into a full cast play with added narration. The narration works well, switching between Ford and Russell regularly and more of Barbara's involvement is through narration, rather than Ford's performance. In particular, the story benefits from the narration as it reaches the end of part four, making the final confrontations all the more exciting.
Once again Big Finish have introduced a range that I never knew I wanted. With this amount of care taken, this should be a welcome addition to both the regular fans and those coming to the first Doctor for the first time. More in this style, please.