This was my first outing with a Big Finish Doctor Who story and I'm quite happy with it. McGann certainly steals the show as the Doctor, as one would expect, but also surprising was Sean Biggerstaff as the graduate student Chris Parsons. Chris was such a good character that I was disappointed to find out he was never brought back to be a recurring companion. Lalla Ward and John Leeson as Romana and K-9 respectively are reliable as always. Sadly the villain of Skagra is a bit too arch and generic, both in writing and in terms of the performance. However the scheme is interesting enough to compensate for that mostly.
The thing to be prepared for is that this is very much 1970s Doctor Who. Realistically one should expect that, since it's adapted from a Douglas Adams script that wasn't completely filled from that same era. The result is that era is all over this piece, for good and ill. If you're not a fan of this time period of Doctor Who the odds are that this won't be your cup of tea. But if you're a fan of Adams and Doctor Who then this is probably going to work pretty well for you overall.
- Hardcover: 385 pages
- Publisher: Ace Books (26 June 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425259986
- ISBN-13: 978-0425259986
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.5 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 590 g
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