Charley knows all too well how precious memories can be. She remembers her travels with the Doctor, her Doctor. She remembers watching him die.
A time disturbance leads the Doctor and Charley to a remote research station. Unable to form memories, the crew believe someone is doing their work while they sleep. The truth, however, is far more insidious.
Author Grace Knight is one of the newest names to be seen at Big Finish and she also wrote one of the most recent Torchwood stories, Iceberg. Iceberg is actually the one and only Torchwood BF Audio that I have heard, it was just last week and I enjoyed it as well. I did not realize that this was the same new author until I looked her up after last nights Short Trip release.
Released about 12 hours ago I caught the E-Mail from Big Finish and downloaded this for a quick unexpected 34 minute Short Trip. It was well worth it as it was a rather unique adventure. India Fisher brought back Charley and Sixie on a clear glass research station where people are losing their short term memories in a disturbing manner that defies a proper scientific explanation.
When I think of Charlotte Pollard I think of Storm Warning. That was her first story and when she met "her Doctor" #8 while onboard the airship R101. She would later meet and travel with the Seventh Doctor. I was curious as to how it would be explained for her to suddenly be in the company of the Sixth Doctor. Not only was this clearly explained in a manner that I understood, the story also pays tribute to the airship R101, which is also the location of every story in the Big Finish Short Trips anthology book from August 2004, Repercussions.
From invisible crab like creatures attached to every human orifice to as the title states 'stolen hours', this was a fun adventure which might be one of the top 2 Short Trips for 2020. I do like this author and she obviously had fun writing this. India Fisher does a great job with it as well.
I thought this was just ok. Not a bad story at all and there are some very cool ideas here, but it's nowhere near the best this range has to offer. There was a point where the Short Trips were consistently superb. I'd say that now they are consistently good, with a gem here and there, but I find I don't look forward to them as much as I used to.
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