While Big Finish has had an excellent run there has been a lot of familiar echos in the last couple of months. The Suffering had a plot very similar to The Hand of Fear. The missing adventure Point of Entry was very similar in overall plot to the Shakespeare Code. And now we have the 6th Doctor teaming up with a companion normally associated with a different incarnation. Thankfully this has a nice spin on it that keeps it fresh. Teaming Colin Baker up with India Fisher was not only inspired it was highly entertaining; and Frazer Hines looks set to continue this tradition. They may have only shared a single TV episode but they get a good rapor going very early in this story. Oddly Frazers Jamie feels a little rusty here; something that’s not been present in the companion chronicles. Mind you this isn’t the same Jamie, he’s older and wiser; and totally unaware of his previous time in the Tardis.
It’s an entertaining story that’s very well paced for the most part. The ending has a lot of strands pulling together and the cliff hanger feels a bit of a let down. Yes it’s good that we’ve got more adventures from this pair but it ends on a whimper despite all the intriguing plot threads hanging lose.
It’s a good cast in this story. Georgia Moffet has a role as a feisty and independent woman named Alice who helps out the Doctor while James Albrecht puts in a fine performance as the despicable Major Heyward. The John Banks Red Cap is quite fun as well.
The Overlord villian is nicely hidden for the most part and the final reveal gives us something thats not been done before but is in the tradition of monsters like Sli. The Overlord also has some nice ghastly moments; there is a definate yuk factor to it that helps make it stand out.
With the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and given that the episode features the misuse of oil and the abuse of nature its accidently a very topical episode, despite its historic setting.
It’s a solid if not jaw dropping start to what looks like it could develop into an epic series. Jamie and the 6th Doctor; this could be the start of a beautiful friendship…