Written By: Matthew J Elliott
Directed By: John Ainsworth
Colin Baker (The Doctor), George Sear (Mathew Sharpe), Matthew Holness (Eric Drazen), Susie Riddell (Esther Brak), Ruth Sillers (Willoway), Jonathan Christie (Captain Schumer), Anna Barry (Juniper Hartigan), Dan March (Varian). Other parts played by members of the cast.
Producer John Ainsworth
Script Editor Alan Barnes
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
The latest adventure for the Sixth Doctor in Big Finish's Monthly Range is a mildly enjoyable tale. Colin Baker, as always, delivers as the Doctor...but the story around him is average at best. That is not to say there are not good ideas, but the best idea of the bunch is undercut by the presentation...but will dive deeper into that in a moment.
First, the story. The Sixth Doctor has been adventuring lately with a fellow named Mathew Sharpe. The two have been traveling for a bit, but the Doctor thinks it may be time for their adventures to come to a close. Before he takes Mathew home though, they answer a distress signal. They end up on a big ship in space being renovated into some kind of resort, but the creatures in tentacle robot suits that are renovating it begin killing people. The question is why?
It's all standard Who stuff, and it isn't really told in any new interesting way. That isn't to say it can't be entertaining, but it certainly keeps it from being terribly memorable. The best element of the story, for me, was also a bit of a letdown. So...SPOILERS AHEAD:
The problem with the big reveal is that it is totally undercut by the fact that we had never heard of this Mathew character before now. So the big reveal that he is actually an evil alien that was trying to trap the Doctor loses some impact in that we don't know Mathew. We haven't spent time with him, so the reveal that he is secretly evil isn't too shocking. As the story progressed I figured he was going to either die or be a villain. If they had actually lead up to this story with Mathew, it may have had more impact. But I don't care that the Doctor loses a friend here, because I never met him before this story. I am told they adventured together, but I never experienced it.
So this is a hit and miss story for me. It doesn't do anything too new or creative, and the most intriguing element...a companion that is secretly evil all along, lacks the impact it may have had if they had actually had a series of adventures leading up to this moment. Instead it feels like a climax to a story I missed out on.