Synopsis Sent down south to assist the Metropolitan Police in their efforts to investigate the gangland kingpin known only as 'the Doctor', Detective-Inspector Patricia Menzies finds herself up to her neck in laser-armed robot mosquitoes, gun-running criminal overlords, vanishing Tube trains... and not one, but two Doctors.
Meanwhile, the real Doctor and his academic assistant Professor Evelyn Smythe have become ensnared in the machinations of an old acquaintance – time-travelling Victorian guttersnipe Thomas Brewster. But what's Brewster's connection to the rapacious robot Terravores? And can anyone contain the gathering swarm?
Written By: Jonathan Morris Directed By: Nicholas Briggs
CAST Colin Baker (The Doctor), Maggie Stables (Evelyn Smythe), John Pickard (Thomas Brewster), Anna Hope (DI Menzies), David Troughton (Raymond Gallagher), Ashley Kumar (Jared), Lisa Greenwood (Philippa/Flip), Duncan Wisbey (Sergeant Bradshaw), Helen Goldwyn (Terravore Queen)
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Post by dalektimecontroller on May 20, 2018 8:00:02 GMT
It's okay, but it lacked the imagination and charm of Eddie Robson's two DI Menzies stories so it came off as a fairly bland rehash of cliches. A very new series-esque story that probably would be better suited to television, but it did give us Flip who I adore. The rest of the second Brewster trilogy is more engaging for me.
Quite liked this. Was great to hear DI Menzies again and the inclusion of David Troughton as a guest star adds immensely to the experience. It is clear that Troughton is having an enjoyable time playing his character and the idea of a 'heavy mobster' talking to a mechanical dragonfly/mosquito always seems to bring a smile to me face.
Baker and Stables seem to be enjoying this, which always helps. With the introduction of Flip, the return of Brewster and Menzies, in addition to the gangster angle, I just found this one a little bit 'too much'. Enjoyable and silly, but not the greatest start to the final Evelyn trilogy. If I'm honest, I think the entire trilogy isn't that great either.
'Well now I know you're mad. I just wanted to make sure."
The River chases, David Troughton and DI Mendez make this a good release.
What makes it a very good release though is the then Ms Phillipa "Flip" Jackson. A believable and likeable modern female companion in waiting which I appreciated over "Red Headed self-absorbed Alice" type which we had on TV at the time.
I cannot help but really like this one - I think it's at least a very good Doctor Who story with an stunning cast which amazingly has never seemed to me to be "too busy" on account of it. It's just wonderful to hear the whole bunch together in a story, and especially to have it go so well.
I was actually glad for the occasion to hear Thomas Brewster also. I actually like the character, in Fifth Doctor stories I think sort of a roguish character made an interesting contrast to the generally better behaved full TARDIS team although I think he may be sort of a problematic character for how easily mischief might serve as his trademark because that might wax a bit tedious in a longer run. Kudos to Big Finish for using the character judiciously enough that I can continue to think of him as a good idea, and I think I give Brewster points for probably having less mischief in him than Klein in my opinion.
(Also, I don't know why, maybe it just happens to sound especially good in the particular set of earphones I use, but the sound design here comes across as worth a special thumbs-up).
Much looking forward to the next one up, that Axos voice is awesome :-)
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