Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 12/20/15 11:38 am
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Another novel adaptation, and another one staring No.7 and Bernice. Once again I have not read the book, and to be perfectly honest, I don't think I will be. It didn't as they say tickle my fancy as much as I was hoping. It is on reflection a little bizarre, it does not conform to the normality of the Who universe in my head. For one thing lets just discuss the plot. We have a Indiana Jones style time hoping archaeologist in Summerfield, who is aboard the TARDIS, with the Doctor. They then go an land in rather bizarre scenario where they are immersed in the midst of Hamlet, as the story starts to unfold, it soon becomes apparent that this is no more than a re-created enactment via some technological invention to replay various theatre productions, a sort of future version of a Disney attraction at a theme park. We then are thrust into a war, and the Doctor and Bernie are soon deeply involved, they have landed on the planet of Menaxus, a planet where there is a large open theatre, where they are met by a group of soldiers/archaeologists whom are from a theatrical immersed culture who have come to the planet to investigate this open air theatre, the only thing is that already strange goings on have taken the life of at least one of their party. With this in mind and to find what is actually going on, Bernie goes off to the library of Braxiatel Collection, to find out more. Ok, this is for me now starting to get confusing, I don't think in principle that this is a bad idea, and I think it is probably a good, read, however it does not make the translation as well across to a 2hour drama. It is well acted as always, and I love the sarcastic more human qualities of Bernice, whom seems to suffer from the stress and strains like the rest of us when it comes to the fore when she desperately needs a alcoholic drink to try and de-stress. It is a wonderfully well produced piece of work as well, it is just well a little too much for what it is.
For the simple fact that I feel that this has not made the transition from what it was to what this is, I am afraid to say, as we exit 2015 this is the most disappointing release of the specials from Big Finish I have come to listen too. Let's hope the next release in the novelisation will be better. But for this the last of the special Doctor Who's for 2015 this is not brilliant.