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Criss-Cross is remarkable for introducing a new companion for the 6th Doctor and while it's not completely successful, it's still an encouraging beginning for WRN Constance Clarke. The opening episode is quite good and the first moments put us squarely in the world of late WWII Bletchley Park. The mystery of why the Doctor is there and entrenched in his new position intrigues, but by the end of the story I couldn't help but be hungry for more of the historical and less of the sci-fi. Of course, we needed a reason for why the TARDIS was stranded... It almost made me wish they'd done a few stories while it was stranded, though the story itself never feels rushed.
Colin is his usual excellent self and the quality of his interactions with WRN Clarke are a good setup for the relationship to come. Miranda Raison acquits herself well as Constance and brings some depth to the character in fairly short order. The fact that it's clear she's hiding some of her motivations will no doubt add some tension to the relationship wit the Doctor, though this is a much more nurturing 6 than, say, Peri got early in their travels together.
The rest of the supporting cast rounds out the story in strong fashion with nary a weak-link. Special shout-out to Charlotte Salt as WRN Wimpole. I dare say, had Constance not been the chosen companion, even Sylvia would've been a nice addition to the TARDIS. Of course, I'd be remiss not to mention the duplicitous... triplicitous? Robbie Flint, wonderfully embodied by Paul Thornley.
There's a lot going on in this story, the introduction of Constance, the background plotting and skullduggery that will no doubt come back up later down the line for Constance and her pursuit to find the truth of her missing husband, the alien waveform and their never-ending war, explosives, submarines, Nazis... All that said, it's balanced very well. And while I think the 3rd episode falters ever so slightly, the rest are certainly worthy of high marks.
In addition to being a great listen, it's also a perfect jumping on point for the 6th Doctor's Big Finish adventures. Recommended!