Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 8/26/15 3:00 pm
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The Romance of Crime, is a big massive Who adventure, with, aliens, double crossing, dollops of political double crossing, and, of course the observation of greed and general skullduggery by those in power and those who should know better. The crux of the story is that penal colony thats sole purpose is to dish out retribution to those imprisoned upon. We have a corrupt prison/judge/executioner Pyerpoint and then the small matter of the complete psychopathic Xais, a person who has the ability to squash people flat. That has managed to leave her spirit in a death mask, fashioned from a material that attenuates the psychic bond to whomever wears it. The death mask takes possession of the neurotic and anxiety ridden Margo Pyerpoint’s director of security. But the living embodiment of Xais is not on her own enter stage left the Ogrons. We have monsters left right and centre here. Whilst we have the Xais and the Ogrons to deal with, we also have the intergalactic equivalent of the Kray twins in the shape of previously convicted criminal gang of the Nisbetts. The Nisbetts seem to be the contract managers for the Nisbetts. The Ogrons run amok on the asteroid planet killing all the “normals” whilst the Doctor has to work out how to sort out the sorry mess.
This is a big bundle of fun, and a superb adaptation of the Novel. I loved the varying levels on which this whole drama plays out. It was a real treat to listen to, and, belies the any comparative to the T.V. Doctors incarnation as number 3. It is just too dam big an adventure. There is no way that the BBC would have been even able to touch this, and, also we have the double whammy that they would have probably buggered it up and re-wrote the whole thing and made a right mess of this. Tom is on fine form, he delivers some of the classiest one line sarcastic responses of any of his previous Big Finish work, listen out, you will chuckle. My favourite line is the one where the Doctor is examining Stokes’s art shop and studio after Margo under the influence of Xias kills and smashes up the said studio – The Doctor as quick as a flash fires out the one line when inspecting the vandalism with the line “there are several hundreds of pennies worth of damage” there are other one liners. The other superb comical element is the cyber policeman who has been sent originally to investigate odd goings on at the prison asteroid planet Frank Spigot played by Marcus Garvey, he is like every other gumshoe detective, except he has an unhealthy dose of self deprecating dysthymic despair, that is so self obsessed it again lightens what could well be a much unexplored role within the release.
Superb Marcus Garvey is wonderful, Leeson as K9 Mark 2 is superb as ever, couple this with an extraordinary cast in this first of the novel adaptions is brilliantly played, put the icing on the cake with Baker and Ward as Romana and Doctor number 3 then you have a cracking 2hour plus adventure.