Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 11/24/16 12:06 pm
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This is a quite a clever story, We have the wonderful as always William Russell taking on the parts of the Doctor and of Ian, with his rather well define characterisation of Bill's incarnation. The honours of narration which are punctuated within this story, and, actually do assist it general rhythm to be more sustainable is handled by Maureen O'Brien, whom also plays her part as Vicki. I like the way in which Philip Lawrence, as written this, it is a little step away from the normal Who adventure. We are cast into a world where the companions and the Doctor have had to escape to after evading the wroth of Earth in 3034, and the potential misuse of the TARDIS and the Timelords ability to travel through time and space. However, landing on a planet that is covered in Jungle, and is the home to a rather evolved, and telepathic set of ape like inhabitants who themselves are going through there own struggles is probably not the most ideal place for the TARDIS and it's crew to land.
I had to listen to this story around 3 - 4 times for it to weave the Big Finish spell, but, each time I got a little extra from it, the most stand out thing after the story and acting for me, is the way in which the sound scape paints a most engaging and mentally absorbing world, that you are immersed in, all those familiar sounds we associate really make this, switching on the SRS on my Windows Media player really enhanced this to the max, and it adds to the overall feel of that hot, and humid environment where, the action is taking place.
The story as a massive not unforeseen sort of misdirection, in it's telling, which makes the whole plot line more ridiculously listenable, and that is what I think is rather standout about this release. It is also a given I think now that Lisa Bowerman gets more out of the 1st Doctor stories than other directors, and must be the Big Finish go to director for this. William and Maureen push the story, with some excellent assistant from the rest of a rather well casted group, offering yet another gem in the First Doctor releases of 2016. Well worth the listen. One note however, the last part, jumps around so maybe no ideal listening if you are driving as a little concentration drift will set you back in the plot lines.