Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 3/17/15 9:32 am
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This is a politically charged play here, or so we are told, however, in truth this is a light-heated romp, which ends the three play triad of the Doctor and Mary Shelly adventures, there are heavy and subtle hints however, in the writing of this play they Big Finish could bring the character back. We also gets flashes throughout of the growing affection of the Mary towards the Doctor, although their is a reservation in Mary's affections, as we hear, she, identifies that fundamentally he is not human and therefore he does not have quite the same spin on things as say her husband Percy. That aside Mary plays little to part in this production really, she is more supporting cast.
We find out intrepid heroes landing on the planet of Draxine, they are to visit the city of Stronghaven, their is another city Garrak. However the leader of Garrak as decided to blow himself and everyone in the city to peaces. The president of Stronghaven as been assassinated as well, and the killer is now on the loose. To say it is bad day to visit is an understatement.
Needless to say the Doctor and Mary are immediately thrust into the events, by coming into the company of Nia Brusk the alleged assassin of the President of Stronghaven and her accomplice. However The Doctor is soon separated from Nia and Mary due to flying droid soldiers who capture the Doctor, taking him back to Stronghaven for questioning. Meanwhile Mary and Nia witness the death of Nia companion at the hands of the skeleton army that seems to have appeared since the death of the president of Garrak. This army is making it's way to Stronghaven for some unexplained reason, couple this with the fact that the new President of Stronghaven, a man of very weak mental health, is now seeing and hearing the dead president that has been assassinated, it is not long before the Doctor is unearthing a more dastardly plot as to why the events are playing out in the manner that they are.
This is the final part of the Mary and No.8's time together, the door is firmly left open for her return however, the story is mediocre at best, the idea of a surpressed class of people and the fight for what is right, is not a new theme, but the execution here is muddied at best. Mcgann is always superb and he does what he can with the material. The standout for me was David Harewood as Vallen the mentally challenged leader of Stronghaven, whom comes across as actually living through this very uncompromising time.