Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 2/12/15 1:21 pm
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This is part one of a three part drama based around Stocksbridge, the first episode sees the 5th Doctor and Nyssa taking on the evil that is in the castle. We find the Dr and Nyssa enjoying a Boxing Day play, however when it turns out that the actors drama is reflective of something that the Doctor himself has been involved in, the beginning of a larger mystery start's to unravel, especially when the actor in the play, playing the part of the Doctor is to drunk to continue and the actual Doctor as to take over, much to the crowds disappointment. Peter here tries to act and a bad actor and to be honest it is very convincing (!) What we also learn is that Hubert, the new Earl of Mummerset as returned from the crusades with his loyal moor charge, and, when attempting to secure the rightful ownership of his late fathers estate, moreover the castle, a wizened old crone tells them that it is now in the rule of demons, goblins, and ghouls. Of course it isn't as we through an extraordinarily entertaining drama discover that it is the Ruton's (last seen on Fang Rock with No3 Thomas Baker). The extensional creatures are replicating like mad in order to perfect a way of winning the war against the Sontaran, they are also trying to desperately get their spacecraft fixed and working again, without much success. What follows is monumental and sets up the second part of the story based around the village of Stocksbridge, one could argue that this is the Stocksbridge saga.
OK, this is massive, big, and something that is akin to an audio blockbuster. It feels like quality, and it certainly delivers with a big bang. Performances from 9 cast members belies the audio experience as it feels like a much larger ensemble cast. The wonderful John Sessions plays the part of Roland of Brittany/Mummer with such ease you can clearly see why he is such a good actor, believable and precise in his role, and overall confidence, which makes the whole thing tight. Peter and Sarah well there is never a better combination and it shows clearly that they are a force to be reckoned with. Everything about this clicks, good story, nicely paced, well constructed, and you just get the feeling you will be satisfied when you listen, not wanting it to end, and when it does, it just leaves you wanting more