Reviewed By: komodo
Review Date: 3/9/17 1:18 am
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I have never read the novel, but had no trouble following this long and complex adventure.
It is very much a Fifth Doctor story with Seven in the background, but his manipulations make it as much about him.
The fun in the story comes from the different companions crossing paths with only the listener knowing what they have in common.
The quality of the story is shown not just in the complexity of the plot but also the subtle cleverness and accuracy in the writing of the characters. While Tegan and Bruce are a lot of fun with how outrageous they get, the scenes with Nyssa and Bruce are very well written and portray Nyssa as a young naïve traveller just as she was at the time. There is just a hint of regret in Seven's voice when he meets Adric, but that tells a lot. Moments like this echo across the story along with revelations about Gallifrey's past.
I will need to listen again to appreciate it all, but they will not be a chore.