Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 5/31/15 6:21 pm
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This is one of those stories, that probably felt like it had or should have been on TV when this Doctor was on air. It also for obvious reasons, made me think of two reference points, one was a cover off an album by a group called Rondò Veneziano and Carry on Don't Loose your Head (which I know is cruel), but it was all the powered wigs and big skirts and white breeches, and the reference to the orangery in the garden. That aside this is not a bad story. The Doctor and Nyssa arrive into what they think is pre revolutionary France, on a rather exquisite estate of Marquise de Rimdelle they are the guests of Marquise and her aide. Now before I go any further in this review, the first half of this story is incredibly creepy and you just get that feeling of foreboding and doom, especially when the mists roll in and strand all the occupants in the grounds of the estate, and then there is the little matter of the steamroller man! The second half of the story deals with the mechanics or if you like the explanation of the whole story, and I found this one of their moments, when you have one of those hang on let me use one of those well worked sci-fi alternative, mind altering, out of body, non sentient style story lines and squeeze it in as the explanation to all of this rather left of centre dialogue. That aside it sort of works, and, you have to always give a large girth to the substantiality of some Who storylines.
This is a twisty turney style Who adventure, and one that is rather good, in fact I can confirm that it is a surprisingly high quality audio, and a release that worth more than one listen, it's replay value is undeniable. Peter plays a rather surreal part of the Doctor in this. I like the depth that Peter as been allowed to add to No.5 it is apparent that Big Finish have given and allowed him to flesh out a much more multi dimensional Doctor than we were allowed to witness when the BBC held tenure on him. Sarah Sutton, well I am quickly getting a soft spot for her, I think she is one of the best companions, as she does not play her intelligence down or back away from her view point if she faces off against the Doctor or a situation or angry alien.