Gallifrey is a world at war with itself. The Pandora entity,
inhabiting the body of President Romana's first incarnation,
seeks to dominate the populace through mind control and manipulation.
The real Romana has resorted to destroying key parts of the
Capitol, hoping to weaken Pandora's power base. But when one
such attack goes horribly wrong, Leela is injured and Romana's
base of operations is exposed...
Big Finish's recent Doctor Who spin-off ranges are
in a good position to appeal to fans of the new television
series. UNIT, the Daleks, Sarah Jane Smith, K-9 and the Cybermen
have all featured in single-disc releases and have all recently
put in return reappearances on TV.
the planet of the Time Lords has long since been destroyed
in the continuity of the current BBC show, developments in
the third - and supposedly final - Gallifrey series
are certain to intrigue those of you who are curious to learn
more about the events that preceded the
Last Great Time War.
Though it is uncertain whether or not producers Jason Haigh-Ellery
and Gary Russell will attempt (or will even be allowed by
the BBC) to tie in their events with those of the TV series,
it is nevertheless fascinating to hear talk of Pandora (Mary
Tamm) steering the planet on "a course for universal war".
Gallifrey now on a war footing, the ever-present political
wrangling has moved up a notch. Now spin-doctoring is giving
way to outright propaganda. This is useful from a storytelling
point of view, as a broadcast by President Romana's spokesman
Commentator Gerber (Charles Pemberton) acts as a handy "story
so far" device to bring listeners up to speed.
Cole's script is a little over-burdened by technobabble, and
Leela's (Louise Jameson) injury (no, in case you're wondering,
it's not one of the fractures of the title) is unfortunately
similar to something that recently happened to Sarah Jane
Smith in one of her own audio adventures, but this remains
a strong opening fragment to Gallifrey's new season.
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