Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 5/10/15 6:40 am
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25 years after Nyssa left her home to find a cure for the deadly virus of Richter's Syndrome, a deadly disease that makes the victim feel as though they are literally boiling in their own bodies, we now spin forward to the planet Valderon, and her son is now on this denial colony researching on a cure for this deadly foe, and instead of guniea pigs and rabbits, he is using the ever growing population of the prisoners. However there is a time conundrum here, Nyssa son thinks that Nyssa his mother is dead, long gone, so as not to cause a rift in time, he initially disguises himself from her. This is due to Nyssa looking younger, and so he thinks that she is the mother before she has had him. How wrong he is on this score. When the Doctor discovers this he wants to take Nyssa away from the timeline, and the guilt of her almost having her life robbed by the Doctor play heavily on his mind. Nyssa however tries to allay the Doctor's fear by insisting that she is the one responsible for her actions and the Doctor should not blame himself over her choices that she has made. Not he.
This brings Nyssa back into the fold, and for the main part she is the main leading character in this outing with the 5th Doctor and three companions in tow. However at the core of this story is something quite unexpected, and that is another TARDIS, which is being used as some sort of future proof, law generating judgement machine.
The thing to remember about this tale, is Morris as done one over on Moffat, in a way that leaves Moffat a little high and dry when it comes to Who and especially Who adventures. Also Morris as provided a little bit of a kick in the right direction for this the 5th Doctor range which in its last two previous outings have been average and nothing more.
This for me gives material that Sutton and Davies have had chance to work with and make it much more of a well rounded adventure. Turlough and Tegan offer themselves more as a voice for the rest of the story, and there isn't this complete loss of the identity of having to manage three companions within a main release range. This is something that I feel does not particular work too well, but is even harder to re-image in audio due to the constraints of the medium. A good release and brings the whole 5th Doctor releases in the main range output for the last round of 5th Doctor outings back on to a stable footing.