Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 4/3/15 8:17 am
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This is a clever little tale, and also frustrating, the acting is lacking McCoy for the most part and this is due to the fact I think at the time he was working over in New Zealand on a little film called The Hobbit. However we do have the pleasure of Hex, Philip Oliver and ACE, Sophie Aldred, I think that the qualities of these two shines through in abundance here. They both come across as wonderfully competent and comfortable in their performances. In fact they carry this well throughout the entire drama, establishing that they are one of the classic pairing for companions to the Doctor.
Enough about the class of the performance, this goes without question, the real one that needs answering here, is does the writing quality produce and winning release. Simple answer is it does but for me not on first listen, in fact I listened to this well over three or four times. This explored more of the nuisances. The story itself is told in a repeating time lapse, the individuals reliving the build up, and living through the effects of a nuclear attack. In wondrous 80's style nuclear, depressive fear entrenched government information films, that, graced the TV screens up and down the country (UK) in the early to late 80's. In fact the writing of it took me straight back to those fear tinged days as a child watching what would happen should the bomb go off, and the after effects if it did. I think that Morris as nailed this, and it certainly makes the constant preparation, and the subsequent hell that Ace and Hex live through all the more real in your imagination. The other two characters do not at first appear to be key to anything until, Ace works out that it is more a moral construct that the Doctor as immersed them in, and, that it is some form of extreme test, that they have somehow got caught in. For them to however find there way out and back to the TARDIS is more akin to an episode of the "adventure game" from 80's BBC. I did like the way that this played out, and sets up the wondrous ending and subsequent follow on story in this three parter with the 7th Doctor.