Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 6/7/15 3:39 pm
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Journeying further into E-Space the intrepid foursome now land after chasing Pik Solus to Isenfel, a ice planet, a planet covered in snow. If you imagine Narnia then I guess you are getting there, a hunting party led by Inger (daughter of Queen Karlina) ventures upon them, and, they are taken back to the Castle of Isenfel. A strange community lives within it's walls. The Queen whom seems fascinated with the Doctor, also. However the Queen is merely the figurehead, it appears a individual called the balancer seems to be the power behind the throne. The Balancer who is controlling the whole balance of Isenfel by making sure that the population is kept to a specified number! It soon become's apparent to our visitors at the evening banquet, four of the residents are bought into the hall, and, are sentenced to death, 4 newbie's in, then 4 have to go, in order to keep the balance.
The Doctor is soon works out that this is not the way any world should be, and, that Isenfel is being controlled not by the Balancer but by something much bigger. Moreover the Dr needs the stolen stabiliser for the TARDIS, and to do this he needs to work out how to put thing right and a little more normal.
I have over the months commented how certain BF releases sound, feel like they are un-broadcast stories, in the way that they have that 80's - 90's or earlier essence. This story is bizarre in some respects it feels like it should or was a episode in Peter tenure on the BBC, but it is also has the feel of being brand smacking new, the sort of story that would not be out of place these days. Peter in this is No.5 but with that added extra growth that BF have given him and his portrayal of the Doctor, again for me Sarah is flawless as Nyssa, I also liked Mark Strickson as Turlough a character that if I am honest I have never taken fully to my heart. Tegan is as ever the Antopdian that is like Vegamite. Enough said. Fab release and builds nicely for the final in this E-Space release.