Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 1/14/15 8:02 am
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Ok this is one of those that you will certainly need to listen to carefully as towards the last half of the story, you will need to keep your wits about you as the Doctor and Nyssa, explain the infinite calculations of which TARDIS is where and which TARDIS that they are actually in. However back to the first part of the story. The story starts at a funeral, the death of a young boys mother, through suicide, we learn, and the people friends of the deceased are deciding on the women's now orphaned boy, as to what fate should befall him. As the story is based around the Edwardian era it does have a certain Dickens feel to the story. In fact one could be forgiven for thinking that this is a remake of the Oliver tale, with the idea of the lad once he has left the workhouse having to work as a mudlark (river thief) on the Thames and working for a father figure like Fagin, however this is were the similarity ends, as it soon becomes apparent that the boy himself is having visitation from his dead mother, or is it his mother. For the dead mother seems to want the boy to create a very futuristic machine in fact one very similar to the TARDIS. The story is afoot.
The Doctor and Nyssa land into a turmoil created by the passing of the Thomas Brewster mother, as it creates a time disruption that has to resolve by the Doctor becoming part of the scientific community of London, in order to obtain parts to repair the TARDIS which is now broken due to the previous issues. It is also apparent that Thomas Brewster wants the TARDIS as well, or at lest the ability to travel in time.
The story is a bridge in some repects to something else and leaves you with a question mark at the end, one I hope that is answered and not left up in the air.
Peter and Sarah are as ever the perfect couple and once again you can hear that the Doctor as advanced the character of the 5th Doctor again, and he comes across as a more than he ever was on TV. High quality detailed and entertaining drama here. Well worth the time to listen