Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 6/17/15 4:10 pm
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This is a stunning peace of work. We have four separate stories all linked by a single story thread. That being Ree's, a music box, and some ancient power that once was knocking around when Rassilon was a boy. Ultimately a story about a boy seeking acceptance and love from his father, this tale takes rather a twisted tale and almost the enslavement of the earth for this to be resolved, and, for the boy to realise albeit through regression, and, a large helping of the Doctors' ability to resolve an issue with temporal intervention a solution that is wonderfully balanced in part. This is quite possibly one of those classic adventures from Big Finish that I found a resounding perfect balance of story against characterisation against time. Although each episode runs for around 1 hour it feels like 5 minutes, in saying that form a personal perspective the one episode for me that is the weakest is the last, with, Doctor No.6, it felt like a car in the wrong gear, it was running away with the overall stories pace, and, although it fits the whole thing perfectly I think it could have done with a little more care and attention in its execution. The acting in this is sublime. We have Baxter and Benjamin in the first outing along with the wonderful Ellie and Policeman Quick. I must admit that I am a real sucker for Jago and Litefoot, nothing whether it be the Talons or the interim releases, or indeed the glorious box sets put out, they can do no wrong, they are possible one of the best spin offs from Big Finish with the most wonderfully listenable dramas, and this kicks off in style, with the story setup being handled expertly by the two Victorians with style, and integrity. The premises being that a music act with the strange Mr Ree's is captivating audiences every night, however it appears that Mr Ree's motivation for mesmerism is not confined to just a stage act, he has a much more sociopathic need for his hypnotic interventions, and Jago and Litefoot soon put this to a end, best fit and well mannered to the evil Ree's, or so they think (pun intended)