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The Companion Chronicles were the first Big Finish series I got devoted to and really gave time to listen to. After what I thought was a pretty slow and boring episode, Fear of the Daleks, this episode truly shone! I am a huge fan of Liz Shaw and to this day I wish she could've had more than one single season, so I was already really looking forward to listening to this.
This episode captures successfully that season 7 vibe with Liz, The Brig, Benton and of course the 3rd Doctor and featuring Mike Yates. Given that the 70s was my favourite era and that 3 was my favourite incarnation, this story was already on my list of 'must-listens'. This story is a true and marvellous throwback to that era, and I was immediately interested by the fact the Cybermen were involved! I always love when monsters that you don't really associate with a Doctor's era pop up in some other media. It was fantastic to 'hear' the 3rd Doctor fight off the Cybermen with Liz.
Caroline John gives a marvellous performance and really settles into the role of Liz Shaw again amazingly, it feels like it truly set around season 7 and 8. This story offers more insight to Liz Shaw's past as well as why she left UNIT. I felt that this was a highlight of the story - hearing of Liz's education and life at Cambridge, Liz has always been a character I've loved, therefore, to have more character development was highly important. The Cybermen are eerie and Nicholas Briggs strikes again as a master of alien/monster voices.
Overall, this episode is one of the best Companion Chronicles I have ever heard! I've listened to every release in the range, from Frostire to The Tactics of Defeat, and this story remains in my top 10, and given that it's from the first series of 12, that shows how strong and loyal it is to the amazing era it represents, with great writing, amazing performances and an authentic soundtrack. Unlike the previous two stories and most stories from this range, this story is a lovely 4-part tale with each episode spanning 15-20 minutes. Highly recommended, especially if you want more from Liz and Pertwee's era.