Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 12/19/16 10:08 am
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Ok, two releases in one month, well it is Christmas, well at least it's Christmas when these titles where released. Both share the same Dr, 1 companion and director, but the two could not be more different in their material and story line. The other thing, is this release see's the Dr reunited with a Big Finish favourite in the shape of Flip, as the third companion in the TARDIS. Lisa Greenwood reprises her role of the young, and now recently wed partner to the Doctor, and, Constance Clarke.
The standout for me is the interplay between, Flip and her "modern ways" and Constance Clarke and the almost Edwardian, second world war prim and proper, the word delightful springs to mind. There is a lot of going on here, and there is a lot of story playing out. Constance is battling, grief loss, of her husband, but maybe not in the way she first learns of his loss. Then we have alien on the run, from more aliens, who, are in the process of using Earth as form of battleground, fighting off some other aliens - PHEW!, and then of course we have Flip in here for a starring role, just recently wed, and spending her first night as a married women, by being sucked back to the late 40's Vienna. Then there is the now established new Europe, where there is an altogether different war happening, and that is just between the East and the West. Wowee, there is so much going on her that a couple of listens will do you the power of good.
I think the best thing to say, that this is an excellent listen on Christmas day, when all the relatives are snoozing after a large lunch, and you need a couple of hours to close your eyes and drift off with this adventure. Colin, Miranda, and Lisa will provide you with a rather excellent story to do this too, and digest that last bit of Christmas pudding or mince pie. Unlike it's sister release the direction here is from Jamie Anderson, and is excellent, where as the writing as been handed over to Matt Fitton, a stalwart of the Big Finish, and the Who adventures. This is the most apparent of this, the story is sharp and quick, and does not loose pace, it is also very much packed with the sort of content that we have come to enjoy, aliens, with funny voices, high breed synthetic androids, and the Doctor running around a 100 miles an hour trying to sort it all out, coupled with the fact that there is a human interest of Constance's marriage, and Flip starting out on married lives.
All in all a good ending to a very good year for Big Finish, and all the Doctor stories in the main range. I can only hope that the next year brings as many good stories as this.