Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 10/3/15 7:10 am
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Lisa Bowerman is given the role of narrator in this seventh Doctor story. Playing the part of Bernice Summerfield, she is accompanying the Doctor at a conference. A conference about language what sparks Bernice curiosity is when a banished language, a language which is considered evil is mentioned in one of the conferences. A young attendee at the conference strikes up a conversation with Bernice after she realises that Bernice is a friend of the Doctor. After a conversation about the "banned" language Bernice feels she ought to find out more why this language had been banned. As you can image this is the journey down the rabbit hole for Bernice which leads her to the academics who want either to find out more or to discover the language itself. However anyone who has tried to discover more about the language as been arrested, or even worse have disappeared. Bernice learns that there are others who apparently have fragments, items, where the language is upon. Bernice get drawn deeper and deeper into finding out more about why this has been hidden, and more over what has happened to those that had tried to find out more. Bernice goes through a series of escapades to find the truth, when she does it comes as quite a shock, especially to Bernice....
Lisa is an accomplished producer, actor and writer, and is no stranger to the Big Finish world, in all shapes and guises, however, this is a difficult beast to drive, a solitary story line, with only the briefest assistance from another actor. So it is imperative that she is able to hold your concentration with the Eddie Robson story. I think that the story is intriguing and has good pace, and also generates an interest proposition, however I think that Lisa is not best suited at the delivery, she is far better when she is sparking off a cast of people. This is due to her ever present enthusiastic style and general high energy portrayal of the character of Bernice. It does not quite work in giving me the same sort of result as say Peter Purvis in his Companion releases, or Frazer Hines. I think although a decent story, it is let down by the almost Jackanory/Book at Bedtime style. For that it is not the best release in this series that I have listened too.