Having survived a day at the seaside, Dalton and Chaudhry
are enjoying a few pints. Having spent the day answering the
phone and praying for some action, Hoffman is enjoying a night
out. Having signed a controversial new European treaty, the
Prime Minister is on his way back to Downing Street. Then
a bomb explodes in Central London...
its - literally - explosive beginning, this tale of racial
hostility and the fear of a multicultural society and a unified
Europe is stirring stuff from the pen of Joseph Lidster, the
man who brought us the memorably gritty Master
in the Doctor Who range. There's a markedly high body
count as a bigot discovers a way to stir up trouble by brainwashing
people into carrying out apparent acts of terrorism. No one
is safe - not even the regular characters.
with the first commercial release in the UNIT series,
Heals, there is a slight problem posed by a
reference back to The Coup, the prequel CD that was
given away with Doctor Who Magazine. Followers of this
series might not have the free CD, and may therefore be mystified
as to who Andrea Winnington (Sara Carver) is. Indeed, it took
me a while to recall her, and I have heard The Coup.
A little more explanatory dialogue might have been in order.
I was also rather confused by the fact that the usual "coming
next" teaser has been replaced by a generic trailer for the
series. I suspect that this is to protect plot developments
in the next instalment, but then in that case why say, "coming
also seemed to be an unnecessarily high level of coarse language
(these CDs don't carry anything equivalent to a BBFC classification
remember), but other than that, The Longest Night is
powerful stuff for all the right reasons
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