Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 3/16/16 10:37 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
A wonderful 30 odd minutes abounds here, with the effervescent Louise Jameson playing Leela, the narrator and of course intermittent characterisations of Tom. We find the TARDIS with the two time travellers being requested by an emergency beacon to a stranded ship, but this is not just any ordinary space freighter. The ship is Hihmakk vessel, the envy of the galaxy who are space mariners par excellence. They have ships that can travel at hyperspace as other struggle to just move through space. But their secret is down to the fact that their ships are not bolted together with steel, and welds and bolts, these ships are organic, they are grown, like the Hihmakk’s children, and the crew is shall we say closer to the ship that most space mariners, in the simple fact that they are part of the ship in all senses. With the Doctor and Leela responding to an emergency call, it becomes soon apparent that the people whom are aboard the ship are after more than its cargo, and they lie amongst the dead on the ship. With both the Hihmakk crew and the pirates whom have boarded her. Leela struggling as she does to come to terms with the vessel, soon as to resort to all of her whit’s to get to grips with what is going on. The Doctor makes an awful discovery and a recognition of the depth to which people whom think they can take by right stoop too, just to own rightly or wrongly what the Hihmakk have.
Wow, what a real depth this has, displaying throughout the whole 30 odd minutes a real texture and depth not found in short dramatic plays. Louise Jameson is superb and gives the whole thing presence, for which you are hard pressed most of the time to even consider that this is a one actor. The part where the injured and dying Hihmakk shouts the words PAIN! Really hits you, it builds. The one criticism of this whole peace is its length, this could well have been a full blooded 4th Doctor adventure, and the Hihmakk are something that certainly require more investigation and exposure. As for Louise well, it truly exploits her talents and also displays the wonderful writing skills of Nick Wallance. Highly recommended, definitely worth a listen. I dont understand the lower ratings of this, but then again this is a place where we can all express out opinons, for me this is a good quality, and recommended listen.