Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 5/16/15 4:58 am
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Mmm, on reflection of this particular outing with old No.6 I have a slight criticism, this is not one of the best stories Colin as been in from Big Finish. We have a decent cast as well, and Peri as the Doctor's assistant, but, for my money this just does not really cut it. The story is a little weak, the acting therefore tries to pull the material around itself but fundamentally there are too few moments where you feel that there are some major reveals in the story, for that it sort of plods along until it comes to a sort bumpy end. The story start with the Doctor and Peri landing in the wastelands of East, near to the Russian Space Programme in the 1960's. They stumble across a crashed Russian Jeep which has the dead passengers whom are on their way to the Space Head Quarters, as needs must the Doctor and Peri take on the identities of these dead passengers in order to find out more, they are soon ensconced in the Russian HQ for the space programme. However a recent space mission as ran into problems, and when the cosmonaut passes behind the moon things go from bad to worse, what happens next is a rescue mission but when the cosmonaut returns to earth, she is no longer a human but more canine. But why has she changed, how did she suddenly get transformed, more over how is the Doctor going to help solve the issue. Will Peri also survive after all she is an American in a Soviet Russia at the heart of the cold war.
As I started this review, this is a weak outing for the sixth Doctor, whose normal output is quite strong is not really up to par, here. I got the overall feeling that this felt like it was a rushed release, and the direction of the while thing is loose and a little sloppy, which is shame as it could have been a lot better than it was. Colin puts in a stalwart performance but it simply does not translate to a particular good story. Nicola Bryant also seems to suffer from what I would describe as a tired performance.
Overall this is not the best, and the story seems contrived with two story arcs playing out within the story that seem almost remarkably stuck together.