Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 1/14/17 1:32 pm
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We are both utilising the tried and tested along with the most comfortable era of 1st Doctor stories, where we pit the Doctor against not a extra terrestrial enemy, but, pitting his wits against the more colourful of histories on Earth past times, individuals, or periods of unrest, where, if for a moment we were allowed to go back in time, we might want to visit, or perhaps have a poke around in. As with all Who adventures the Doctor instead of ending up where he intended to take his companions, ends up in a part of Italy's most colourful parts of his history, and more over the part of Italian history which has the Merdeci, and the Borgias floating around, along with Machiavelli to boot. It all makes for a rather flowing and enjoyable historical romp for our time travelling companions and the Doctor himself. The well worked path of separation of the companions and the Doctor from each other feeds the main story with what I can only call a genius story telling trick, used here to the best possible means and method, the whole pull apart and then put back together makes the story flow, and also adds tension and makes the listener. The outstanding part of Purivs taking on his part of Steven space pilot and also that of the late Hartnell adds gravitas to the whole proceeding, and he does pull it off rather well, I would go as to say a little bit better than others. Maureen O'Brien is also standout, and you can see that even after all these years, they both enjoy telling the story through the parts that they are known for in the Who Universe. The music compliments the whole drama really well, with it's period harpsichord and flute and piccata strings dotted around the whole production. The supporting cast all bolster and add to the whole drama, and make for a rather excellent release in the first doctor adventures. These are fast proving to me rather satisfying listening, and I look forward to more exploration and stories around the earlier Doctor 1, 2 and of course 3.