Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 10/19/15 6:25 pm
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Old No.6 and his new companion Mrs Clarke are together in this their first full Main Range outing. Thrust into what should be a run of the mill prison visit albeit several decades late, to the Teccaurora Penitentiary to visit the one and only Rani, that other Timelord and the bane of the Doctor's life. Except what they discover is that not only are they late for their appointment, the prisoners are being used as Guinea pigs and the Rani has installed herself as the prison governor, it is however a classic smoke and mirrors, for she has been working hard creating for herself a means of escape, and with the arrival of the Timelord, the ability for her to make her escape back to the Miasimia Goria, a tranquil planet for which the Rani herself as been manipulating its future is quiet literally going to bit her in the arse.
This is a good solid main range release with two exceptional and warmly anticipated additions, that of the full introduction of the new companion to the Doctor in a main release, of Constance Clarke (Miranda Raison), what is stand out about this, is that Miranda just plonks herself down into the whole Who universe like she has always been there, big congratulations must be made to Big Finish, this is inspired casting and the character is both instantly injected, and also feels like she has never not been. That for me reeks of knowing your work well. Her part here is both excellently performed and very much welcomed. Then on the other hand we also the dangerously good Siobhan Redmond as the Rani. With the sad death of Kate O'Mara again inspired casting as given us a very high quality, RSA actress who has made the character as sinister and menacing as anything gone before. In fact I would go as far as saying the character as been given a directional overhaul here, and the script allows us to see a much more dramatic and in depth Rani than before, she is more going on, and I hope that she is allowed to develop this in future releases. Colin is excellent, bringing a overall high quality gloss to the whole affair. Highly enjoyable and wonderfully executed. Well worth the wait.