Reviewed By: dtom
Review Date: 1/29/17 8:47 pm
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Stephen Cole continuous the trend of using former Doctor Who novel authors to pen their Audio adventures. Cole delivered the script in a hurry to fill a scheduling gap and I’m afraid it shows. The concept is easy enough. It’s the classic trapped and hunted plotline that has served Doctor Who well in the past. Set in a remote Alaskan house owned by an eccentric millionaire the Doctor and Nyssa are cut off and face an ancient foe, a skeletal creature from before the dinosaurs. Throw in ancient Inuit legends and a whingy vegetarian architect and you have the basics. Carefully crafted it might have worked but alas that is not the case.
The plot is too exposition heavy without any real payoff. The whole spiritual v rational thread is handled crassly and there are too many throw away lines about the exploitation of the wildness for commercial gains. In a good story these would be pebbles in your shoe, but here they simply add to the whole beach of faults in the production. Sarah Sutton tries to make the best of the slim pickings and hers is comfortably the best performance in the 2 hours of plodding progress.
Davidson seems to have posted in his performance, while the supporting cast are at best annoying. Neil Roberts (Tulung)and Andrew Fettes (Gaborik) plays Inuit natives, working for Christopher Scott’s English millionaire (Shaun Brett). It’s hard to tell which is the most irritating. Fettes potentially would have been but he meets a grisly end before the half way point. The also have deeply annoying fake accents which break down throughout the production.
Lucy Campbell (Monica Lewis) has lots of air time. She tries gamely but since this is mainly filled with her character complaining, she only adds to mess. Alaska is an unforgiving land and no one as uncompromisingly whinny would survive long. At the end of the play, she asks for a lift in the TARDIS. The Doctor and Nyssa wisely beat a hasty retreat.
The soundscape is fine enough, but the score is utterly forgettable and offers nothing to the story.
This is not a story you will want to revisit. It is good value at £2.99 but I can in all honesty only recommend this to completests who are building a collection.