Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 1/17/15 9:20 am
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This is one of those Big Finish releases that I cannot quite put my finger on whether it is brilliant or mediocre (Big Finish never make bad drama, but they can sometimes hit indifference very easily). This picks up from the Haunting of Thomas Brewster and although there is no need to have listened to the previous adventure really required, it, does in truth add some sort of reference to the end of the story. Peter and Sarah are as ever without issue, the material is excellent, with the idea of the Doctor using higher mathematics and good dose of metaphysics to perform a time travel into space, as, per the previous episode Thomas Brewster as stolen it. We soon find that our Doctor is using the premises of a seance to conjure the ability to time travel, he and the amassed seance attendee's soon find themselves however transported to a planet, which, is the inhabited by insects of the scorpion variety, of which seem to be beholden to a ruler in the shape of Adric! He is not dead, but as turned up as some sort of Insect Emperor who has come to control and rule of a planet full of these carnivorous creatures whom seem to want to consume the Doctor and his colleagues.
It soon becomes apparent that the Doctor not only as to challenge the megalomaniac Adric from continuing his foley, but also get back to Victorian England to return to safety. Along the way we discover the reason how Adric as become who he has and why he has dedicated his existence to the creation of essentially his own planet. We also come to understand that Adric was not the sole reason for his existence, he had help.
The acting in this is above average, the story, I think gets itself lost within in it's own story arc, therefore, with more careful re-write an perhaps a different production this could have been as good as 5th Doctor adventure's can be......
As it stands it is a fine example of Big Finish release, just expected more than I got from this.