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3. The Screaming Skull

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 6/17/15 4:12 pm
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With the UNIT and their vault taking on part three of this story we are greeted with not only the setup story of to disgraced officers being reinstated by Captain Mike Yates of UNIT to enter the Vault, and, to find out what has happened to a group of soldiers who have gone in and not come out. It would seems that the screaming skull wants more to his power than that of mere min control and sentient substance is what the long dead (at least physically) Ree's now wants. By playing on the emotions of Mike Yates we see the story take a rather glorious departure and setup a even more wonderful ending for this four parter.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/25/15 9:45 am
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An odd one because it’s a U.N.I.T. story, however there hasn’t been a U.N.I.T. standalone series in more than a decade and this wasn’t planned as a pilot for one.
The plot involves Mike Yates (Richard Franklin) who appeared with the Third Doctor television and the Fourth Doctor in a series of Audio Adventures for BBC, returning to active service in the present today along with two characters who appeared in a couple Companion Chronicles and were forcibly retired after the events of one.

The U.N.I.T. vault has been compromised and dangerous equipment and creatures are on the loose. The crew has an hour to discover what happened before the Failsafe is used. Given that this is an ad hoc grouping of three characters, this is actually pretty enjoyable.. Daphne Ashbrook and Yee Jee Tso turn in great performances as Captain Ruth Matheson and Sergeant Charlie Sato.

The plot is suspenseful and creepy with lots of great twists and nods to the past. The
Audio production is particularly good on this one as it features Jago and Lightfoot having made a recording about their involvement just in case. They did a great job creating a realistic effect of a wax cylinder recording for the voices.

The writing had a couple off points. One was Yates being reinstated to Captain at his very advanced age for such a rank. The other was the failed romance that was such a centerpiece of the story but never drew the audience in to care. Overall,though this is probably the most interesting story in the set.
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Reviewed By: MegaplumfinityReview Date: 11/17/14 8:10 am
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Although I wasn't very familiar with the setting and characters, this proved to be a very entertaining story with nice, organic connections to the previous stories. The focus on Mike Yates proves rewarding and nicely leads into the final story in the set.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 11/11/14 2:22 am
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The first two stories of this set were very much vanilla flavored. (Don't get me wrong, I like vanilla) with a simple Jago and Litefoot story followed by a simple Counter Measures story. Either would serve as a sample of their series or even a jump on point for new listeners. But neither story was spectacular.

This story changes the pace a lot. Following on from red slippers left behind in the first two parts we have Mike Yates teaming up with Sato and Matheson in a really goos story about UNIT and the vault. This is no sample tale as the three characters don't have their own spin off (and probably won't) but it is a good adventure about the UNIT that the Doctor's legacy leaves behind.

The three officers must enter the vault in a high risk mission to look for lost officers. They find the situation to be dire but have the resouces to learn about Jago and Litefoot as well as the CM team and their efforts.

The youth and inexperience of Sato works well against the age and wisdom of Yates while Matheson plays a mature middle ground.

Best story of the series.