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Reviewed By: NannaSallyReview Date: 12/5/16 2:53 am
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The second Full Cast production. The original crew except for Gan are here, and Control is mentioned, so I would place it in Season 2, before Gambit.

The Liberator suffers damage in an encounter with Travis, and needs to hide while auto repairs take effect. The Derelict Zone seems a sensible place to go as the Federation ships are forbidden to enter. Power fluctuations send the crew off around the ship, hoping to help the repairs to speed up – but it seems someone is trying to first isolate and then kill crew members.

What can I say? Writing is tight, although the suggestion of the Liberator threatening to ram Travis, and Travis being surprised and shocked does not really fit with the Season One episode Duel, where the same thing happened.

Sound effects and music are terrific, recording highly professional, and acting magnificent. The production values assist the listener to picture the action. I am a True Fan, and these audio performances continue to feed my need very thoroughly.

Each cast member gets a selection of terrific, appropriate dialogue which they deliver well within character expectations - this is not an easy feat for a writer during a 60 minute production. They bounce well off each other as we have come to expect.

The story’s twists and turns are interesting and intriguing, and although I had correctly guessed the ending it was still well done. The episodes of suspense are great additions to the story.

I am enjoying relistening to these audio plays and I do hope Big Finish continue to produce them in the future, even though we have now lost Gareth – as the second half of the series was shot without him anyway there are plenty of opportunities to slip more stories in.

Thanks again for reading
Nanna Sally Nelson
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 1/9/16 2:58 pm
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The Liberator is involved with a minor skirmish with Travis and flees into the derelict zone because their engines are damaged. While passing through the graveyard of space vessels, The Liberators teleportation systems are activated and something comes on board. It's a good premise, but unfortunately, the whole thing is rather stilted and lacks the right claustrophobic atmosphere. The creature impersonates crew members using the communications systems and alters the ship's life support systems. What this essentially equates to is a lot of bickering and flouncing, in space.

Big Finish's sound design talents extend beyond the 'Doctor Who' ranges which is nice to hear, literally. The Directing isn't as clear as it could be and fails to inject life and pace into this tale. I don't want to nit-pick, but Paul Darrow doesn't sound much like he used to; although, I can't fault the acting. I am interested to hear more from the range but this doesn't do a lot for me, to be honest. 6