Survival of the Fittest
It is quite amusing that prior to listening to this audio I had just seen the film Avatar. As a result I noticed many simularities here, although this is to the benefit of the play. The Doctor and Klein land on a mysterious alien planet populated by an insect race known as the Vrill who are in the midst of a crisis. Someone/thing has damaged the nest and has caused their Bee like society to break down. It is later revealed to be the actions of a group of colonists who have the planet set upon themselves. However, all is not what it seems.
One of the most interesting aspects of this whole play lies in the nature of the Vrill. The species communication by smell was an interesting feature, which has actually worked surprisingly on audio as it acts as a means of allowing vast amounts of description without appearing intrusive. Infact it often adds to the atmosphere. The Vrills voices are also quite unique and really capture their insect like nature well.
If I was to have one criticism of the play it would be that at times it can appear somewhat slow at times, which grows fustrating when theres major events elsewhere. However this is more than made up for by the brilliant cliffhanger at the end of the play which left this listener wondering what on earth will happen now. Next month cannot arrive soon enough!
The Three Companions – Episode 12
And so this charming adventure comes to an end. I must admit I found it a rather unsatisfactory ending with the Coffin Loaders defeat being overly simplistic. That said for those looking for an action packed ending with lots of fighting this will be bang up your ally. Once again the whole cast put in an excellent performance which truly merits the spirit of the play. It’s almost sad that the three wonderful actors will no longer be a part of the monthly range.
On a whole the Three Companions has been an interesting experiment, stretched out over a period of 12 months. Whilst I admit I have enjoyed each and every chapter I do feel as a whole this play would have worked best as a single release. Perhaps in the future for members of the Big Finish subscription service, Big Finish might offer this as a single download allowing one to listen to the play in one go without the need to switch between 12 disks. I do feel a listen from start to finish really does merit this play and helps the listener remember just how exciting and packed this play has been. If Big Finish choose to do another experiment like this I’d be more than pleased. I also hope to hear more from Marc Platt as this has shown just how truly wonderful a writer he is and I look forward to his next shot.