Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 5/10/15 6:39 am
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After a brief respite we are back with Doctor No. 5. Peter Davidson and his band of merry brothers and sisters are back, and by that I mean Turlough, Nyssa and Tegan, it is starting to sound like the FAB four. I think the use of three companions stories is relevant in the whole Doctor Who history, but I am for one not sure if we are just using them for the sake of it now we get to the umpteenth release with No.5. However, that slight critic aside this story is a belter.
The Doctor is faced with sorting out the potential take over of the Earth by a genocidal tyrant Eldrad. I am sure that people more knowledge than myself on Who Universe will point out that there are some vague references to a previous Who, but for the life of me I struggled to recall. Please email me and let me know via the web site. But that aside if I review this from the point of someone listening to this on it's own, and it's merits as a Big Finish produced story then it is a real winner. Essentially a crystalline entity that has the ability to regenerate from a mere fragment of his own self, is intent of returning to full power and majesty, in order to do this however he sets about utilising the inhabitants of a British seaside town of Amberside, by slowly turning each and everyone and everything into silicon. For me not a bad thing for some of these places dotted around the coast of Blighty. However when an old school chum that Turlough bumps into reveals to him that everyone from his "Hogwarts" style school of yesteryear knew that Turlough and few others where from another world, it enables his old chum (whom is in the clutches of piecing together the last components of Eldrad) to use Turlough to do just that.
There is a real feel of the era that the fifth Doctor was around in this, and especially good use of the accompanying music is made which give it that feel. Even the language makes you think you are back in the early 90's. Big Finish are fine craftsman at their work that is for sure. Peter, Doctor is everything and more you actually feel he has moved No.5 on now, Tegan and Turlough and Nyssa for that matter are all as ever wonderfully reminiscent of that era of Who they are from, in the race to whom I consider the best companion performer however, my mark goes to Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, I just take to her and her whole character so much more than the others.
Wonderful stuff, wonderful nostalgia well worth the price.