Synopsis It is 1917 and the Doctor, Hex and Ace find themselves in a military hospital in northern France. But the terrifying, relentless brutality of the Great War that wages only a few miles away is the least of their concerns.
The travellers become metaphysical detectives when the Doctor receives orders to investigate a murder. A murder that has yet to be committed...
Who will be the victim? Who will be the murderer? What is the real purpose of the Hate Room? Can the Doctor solve the mystery before the simmering hate and anger at Charnage hospital erupts into a frenzy of violence?
Written By: Martin Day Directed By: John Ainsworth
CAST Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor); Sophie Aldred (Ace); Philip Olivier (Hex); Michael Cochrane (Lieutenant-Colonel Brook); Rob Dixon (Sereant Wood); Rupert Wickham (Captain Dudgeon); Oliver Mellor (Private Taylor); Ian Hayles (Lance-Corporal Burridge); Michael Adams (Private Dixon)
A very good story about a very real phenomenon in the Great War, albeit with a little bit of fantastical embellishment. The Forge end up well-utilised again, Brook feels very much a figure of their organisation and the Hate Room almost certainly was taken from a copy of Orwellian literature. I'd almost call it a pure historical if not for that premonition. I do like the poetry of how the "softest" of the soldiers -- who proves himself when he takes offense at being called a coward -- is named Dudgeon. That's rather cute.
After Night Thoughts and The Settling, Hex continues to be very well-used as a companion, poking and prodding at the conventions long-established between the Doctor and Ace. It was a nice change in the character dynamic to have Ace in the mentor role and the Doctor her "handler", so to speak.
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