Big Finish Productions, CD Â£14.99, download Â£12.99
Reviewed by Matthew Johns
Another of Big Finish Productionsâ€™ excellent audio dramas, this features the seventh Doctor â€“ Sylvester McCoy.Â McCoy was definitely a â€˜Marmiteâ€™ kind of Doctor â€“ you either loved him or hated him, but his crisp enunciation and dulcet tones definitely bring the Doctor to life.
However, the Doctor is not the star of this story â€“ as he only appears in flashbacks and as a hologram, that accolade must go to his companions, Ace and Hex.Â They awaken in the Tardis, to find it out of control and the Doctor missing.Â They manage to land it and find themselves in a remote part of Northern England, where Peggy and Albert Marsden, an elderly couple are preparing for a nuclear war.
At times reminiscent of Raymond Briggsâ€™ â€œWhen the Wind Blowsâ€, this is by far the bleakest Doctor Who audio book Iâ€™ve ever heard.Â In the aftermath of the nuclear bomb, Peggy, Albert, Hex and Ace slowly succumb to radiation poisoning.
This is a haunting tale, and Sophie Aldredâ€™s portrayal of Ace is superb â€“ emotionally powerful, but Philip Olivierâ€™s Hex really does steal the show.
Unusually for an audio drama, this ends on a cliff-hanger, so tune into the next episode to find out what happens to Ace and Hexâ€¦