Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 7/1/16 4:57 pm
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Ok I must admit to hearing this a little earlier than the rest of the box set, and it excited my molecules as Nicholas Briggs offers refers to. I found that the writing of this wonderfully touching, and also emphatic piece, paying homage to those that paid with their lives in WW1, moving and also touching. Yes this is a story as so often as been told of loss, and how we deal with that last great journey whether it be for others who we mourn, or ourselves and our own beliefs and interpretations of what may lie after we move off this mortal coil. The story however is more a vehicle for Pritchard to expand on a ghost story that has been written before but with a difference it is both a human tale of experience that we all encounter and also a sort of catalyst of how or if we actually deal with death, ultimately however it is a rewarding listen. It paints a picture that is vivid, and it works well in this presentation format of audio so well, in fact it is probably better, letting the listener make up their own interpretation of the events as they unfold to both the Doctor and to Jamie, Polly and Ben. The thing that got to me from the off, this actually feels like a lost story, one that was made and they have just found in the depths of a far flung TV station. I think that Frazer is without question the best actor for this role, and with the addition of Anneke and Elliot to the cast, it makes for what I would call nostalgia perfection. The characterisation of Troughton's Doctor is spot on it's not a mimic of him in the role, it catches all the stuff in between that made Troughton the Doctor, the pauses, the hesitations, the tripped over words, the breaths, that is something that makes Frazer performance of him far more alive. I enjoyed this immensely, it is a very strong story, told and performed by a exceptionally talented and well versed cast who support Fraser in the guise of the Doctor and as Jamie. Frankly this is a standout release so far this year for me from Big Finish.