Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 5/31/15 1:51 pm
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A No.5 and Nyssa adventure here, with Peter Davidson and Sarah Sutton being cast into deepest darkest Surrey. What comes as a little bit of a shock to them both is when instead of coming across a tea room, or a village green with people playing cricket, they are greeted by a big cat, an no not the domestics catticus that we should find. However much to the disgust of the Doctor the beast is felled and killed. It then turns out as they journey their way back to the manor house of Nathaniel Whitlock, the a typical Edwardian explorer, big game hunter and explorer chappie. It is there we get to meet with Silver Crow the native american indian who Whitlock befriended on his exploits in the new world. However Silver Crow not only a loyal friend as also bought with him back to Whitlock manner something more, something that he thinks is from his spirit gods, the only thing that is true, is that the thing under the glass dome on display on the mantle piece is definitely something out of this world, but it is not something that is from native american indian's gods.
Two words, Black Orchid, this story as massive similarities with the TV outing of the 5th Doctor, and I suspect that Morris, may have watched this on DVD as a reference when he sat down to type out the script here, the only thing, I think that stands out here if you are to make the comparative against the TV outing and this one from Big Finish, is simply Big Finish have done this far better than the treatment for the TV. The production albeit audio is stunning and you really get the feeling that Surrey as it's first safari park, not only that the native american indian scene's for me gave me that big starry sky feel that you often see or witness when native american indian spiritual scenes. This is a nice paced, non brainer adventure which is thoroughly good boys adventure (no sexism intended) story.
As for the performances here held within, Peter and Sarah are a tight crew and produce a balanced and believable duo. I must admit I prefer the one companion stuff to the four multi stuff that has been apparent in the last couple of outing by Big Finish with Doctor number 5. Frasier and Benedict make for a very well rounded company and add to the story marvellously. The introduction of the adventuress Hannah Bartholemew a hardy, early women's lib, style character I found interesting on both a dramatic level and also there was some very overt flirting going on at the start of the story between the Hannah and Phoebe Whitlock, which for some reason I found uncomfortable, in a sort of lesbian style grooming scene. Still apart from that quite bizarre scene, not a bad outing here folks.