Trapped aboard a crippled space cruiser, Benny teams up
with a pair of Ice Warriors and a laconic steward to find
a way off the wreck before it disintegrates completely. But
infectious memories from a couple of dead aliens don't make
the task any easier...
A word of warning: don't get too excited about the presence
of Martians on the front cover of this CD. For the most part,
Grand Marshal Sstac (Matthew Brenher) and General Azzar (Vivien
Parry) might as well have been members of any old honourable
alien species. There are no sonic weapons to be heard, and
precious little of the Ice Warriors' trademark hissing voices
(we must assume that the atmosphere on board the space cruiser
is comparable to that of New Mars, hence their lack of breathing
the use of the Martians, one of Benny's favourite races, does
cut a few handy corners in terms of storytelling. Writer Stephen
Cole effectively saves time setting up the character of Sstac,
which would have taken longer if using an unfamiliar species,
before Sstac and Bernice (Lisa Bowerman) fall foul of mind-altering
memories and emotions. The two players turn in powerful dual
performances as their characters find themselves re-enacting
the turbulent experiences of an alien ambassador and his wife.
of note is a brilliant impersonation of Katy Manning's Iris
Wildthyme, courtesy of Francis Magee as the steward Karter,
who explains to a hung-over Benny how Iris managed to secrete
her on board the space cruiser.
is not the exciting Ice Warrior adventure I had been expecting,
but it's entertaining enough.