Christmas is not the time to be zipping across the galaxy
with the wafer-thin hope that you can save your home from
being destroyed by a previously uncharted pulsar - one that's
pulsing a message in Morse code. The message leads Bernice
to Marlowe's World, a place where death is irrelevant, even
though it lies at every corner, and where you must be very
careful what you wish for...
wonder why the production team decided to make it Christmastime
at the Braxiatel Collection? This audio adventure isn't particularly
festive. Nor is it being released at an appropriate time of
year. Quite the opposite in fact: it's the height of summer
as I write this.
Big Finish's timing is also poor in another important respect.
The notion of an illusory world where imagination can influence
reality (I'm not giving much away here - the synopsis on the
back of the CD hints towards as much, with its "be very careful
what you wish for") was used in the previous Bernice Summerfield
Masquerade of Death.
there's plenty to enjoy in this rather zany adventure. In
addition to the ever-reliable Lisa Bowerman as Bernice, Lucy
Beresford (who recently impressed me as an agoraphobic in
the Doctor Who audio drama Three's
A Crowd) gives a spirited performance as gangster's
moll Topsy Turvé, while Steven Bugdale sounds like several
different incarnations of Mark Gatiss in his role as the villainous
There's also a rather surprising treat for 1980s Doctor
Who fans, but writers David Bailey and Neil Corry might
be disheartened if I were to say any more on that subject...
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