Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 12/4/15 9:59 am
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
It took me a massive three weeks of listening to get through this, that is no reflection on the production, acting or indeed any of the story content, it was mainly down to me listening to this, whilst retiring to bed and falling asleep whilst listenting to it, so having to consistently going back to the point at which I fell asleep each night. However, it is possible one of the best 2nd Doctor re-enactments of this series so far. Also the introduction of super fan Rufus Hound, is genius on the part of the casting people at Big Finish. The story is wonderfully of it's time, and, the Frazier charaterisation of Troughton is on form as ever. I would love to know how they record Frazier Hines switching between the two, obviosuly they are cut together but does he do all the parts of Jamie and then the Doctor, having to listen to playback of him doing the part of the Doctor/Jamie must be very off putting, so a massive thumbs up to him for getting this so right.
The story tells of the Doctor being drawn to the research centre were things are not as they should be, they have a Black Hole, which is causing all sorts of mayhem with time distortion and the like. The Doctor upon meeting with the Commander Flail is soon in her custody, only to find that there is a old advisory of his also present, that, in the shape of the "Meddling Monk". This timehowever he has been meddling more than normal, and, through a rather twisty and turney timeywhiney story we get to grips with the fact that a lot of the troubles that are going on are down to him.
This is a cracking story, with a lovely pace, and it never lets up, there is plenty of going on all the time with the story moving easily backwards and forwards in time, in fact Guerrier is a past master at this style and handles the dialogue in a way that does not cause too many issues with the audio continuity, which lets face it, when we are talking about the use of backwards and forwards time elements which are key to the story, then that is important. Rufus Hound is exceptionally good in this, and you can see he really enjoys the whole thing, a dream come true for the actor/comedian and Who fan. What also makes for a standout release is David Warners, rather excellent, and almost exceptional on the money narration, it sort of makes a wonderful audio boarder around the proceeding. Highly recommended, even if it took me three weeks to get to this review.