Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 3/3/15 5:42 pm
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Old number 6 as he refers to himself is cast along with the fabulous Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smythe. It is a god send that we have such a wonderful depth of Maggie's work, all of it first rate, she is and was one the best Doctor's companions in my opinion. Maggie's always just on her game, she portrays the kindly, gentle soul, with a simmering intelligence equal is some part to that of the Doctor. What makes this a joy to listen to is that she provides us with a foil for Colin, something his other companions don't and for that I treasure the adventures that they have shared.
This by no exception is another outing with No.6, Evelyn with Thomas Brewster along for good measure. Is Thomas a good guy, is he a bad guy or is he just a little too close to what the Doctor was in his past. I get the feeling that John Pickard who plays him, is in some ways mirroring a little of the mischievous nature of Doctor 2 and 4 hence the reason in my mind that they don't get on, they have what l would describe as a tolerable presence with each other.
However what all of this wonderful cast this just misses the target of being great, and only by a very narrow margin is that the story is contrived a little and also it skips around, with the central theme of alien smugglers of salt, and the age old battle of technology taking over mankind, with mankind rejecting it and trying to forge a future without the need for technology, and live a more simpler life. In fact the later half of this I got the feeling and de-javue of "The Tripods" looming as well. The back story of Thomas Brewster doing a escape routine with the salt smuggling alien, leaves the door open for more Thomas Brewster encounters, which would not be a bad thing. Overall this is a good solid release it is just that, since listening quite religiously to the Big Finish releases this is somewhat not up to par.