Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 5/10/15 6:39 am
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The fifth Doctor pops up in this Paul Magrs outing, with Tegan taking the almost central role in this historical tale. The Doctor and Tegan are cast into the 1980's at the University of Frodsham where there is a symposium for the academic community on the middle ages. Professor John Bleak and his wife Doctor Philippa Stone teach at Frodsham Uni, John is a professor of history who is giving a talk about the dark ages and of the Queen Æthelfrid. His wife a physics professor who has built a time machine. With this in mind you know that it is not going to end well, and there is going to be adventures on the way. Prof. Bleak and Tegan suddenly find themselves transported back into the age of Queen Æthelfrid, slap bang into the middle of intrigue and battles for the throne. What happens is we see the Queen's real daughter sent the other way in time, much to the anger of herself and something she finds hard to deal with. Back with the Queen however, Tegan then is taken on as the surrogate daughter, what follows well, it is a story divided by a thousand years, but it runs in unison with each part running at the same rate. The are some great moments especially Janet Fielding trying her hand at a Northern accent. The story is nice and plump, in the respect it has plenty for the listener to get involved in, but not at the expense of its own clarity, Magrs stories for me in the past have been a little heavy on the treatment light on the flow. This as a much better rhythm and moves at a pace making it exciting and continuously interesting. For me I quite enjoyed Tegan being left in a nunnery in Oxford until she is rescued by the Doctor. The only let down is the twee nature that Magrs tackles the infidelity of the two Professors, it is a little too "and they lived happily ever after" for me. That aside it is a thoroughly good main title release.
This is Tegan's adventure and although I think Tegan is like Marmite (you either love her or hate her), she here is probably the best she has ever been. In this adventure which is probably one of the better historical/sci fiction offering from Big Finish, she really comes into her own. Special mention should also go to Anthony Howell (Avengers) who once again l see what fine actor this man really is. Superb and easy on the ear as ever from Big Finish.