Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 7/26/16 5:07 pm
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A No.7 adventure, but with the injection of two beloved companions, in the shape of Mel and ACE. The story is I hate to say just O.K. that is for me the most disappointing, as Big Finish have had a golden opportunity to exploit this situation and seemingly have not done so. The story is all over the place in terms of it's construction, the story seems to rely I think on the goodwill of the Big Finish/Who fan, it would not be a good drama for the new listener to jump on board with Big Finish's range of Who it relies on the fan having some history with the characters new and old, both Big Finish and TV. The story tells the tale of Mel coming to Ricosta a sort of intergalactic equivalent of Malaga, a haven for those that have earned their money from criminal activities as opposed to working a honest job. The government of the place is not too bothered about this, however, it would appear that they themselves are in the pocket of a rather nasty creditor in the shape of the Sperovore, a race of highly evolved aliens, rich ones at that. They have one however strange peculiarity that being they consume individuals, with a difference as with consumption of their victims they also consume their memories, their consensus, all of their lives are extracted as they make their final journey. The Sperovore are non too happy at Ricosta, and when a bank job that is the idea of a grafter and conman, involving Mel goes horribly wrong, the Doctor and ACE are left to try and sort out the mess that ensues.
The crucial thing here is that does it work, and my personal answer to that is absolutely not, the acting is superb, McCoy, Langford and Aldred are all on form, it is just a terrible shame that none of them have been giving a better script. It's not even that Life of Crime is bad, it is just not that good. It just seems to fall short on every act of the story. Parts of the story just don't stick together, and they seem incoherent with each other, they give off a little bit of a uneasy rub for me that is not what we want from a Who adventure or expect. For that this was a let down.