London, a late summer's day. A condemned building is due for
demolition, but it is not empty, not by any reckoning. It
is home to a vast archive, haunted staff and a deadly secret.
The contents of a plague pit, primitive sound recordings,
a trigger, a catalyst and an impossible conundrum. The past
is fighting back...
is remarkable how the Sapphire & Steel audio series
is mirroring the television show upon which it is based.
I of the TV series featured a guest elemental,
in the form of Lead, so did The
Passenger, the first of Big Finish's stories,
which guest-starred Mark Gatiss as Gold. Just as Assignment
III featured David Collings as the charming Silver, so
does this third audio adventure, All Fall Down. And
just as he did in the original series, Collings will be returning
to the role before too long (in Dead Man Walking to
this series also continues to echo its parent in terms of
borrowed plot elements. The nursery rhyme "Ring a Ring o'
Roses", which is repeatedly alluded to here, was previously
put to sinister use in Assignment I, though admittedly
its relevance is much more pertinent to All Fall Down.
David Bishop makes good use of the time agents' telepathic
abilities to help tell his story in the audio medium. There
are also numerous opportunities to hear Nigel Fairs' re-creation
of Sapphire's pulsating "analysis/manipulation" sound effect,
though to my ears it sounds a little too heavy compared to
the version that was used in the television series.
a temporal mystery than a ghost story, despite the spooky
presence of a little girl's voice (Linda Bartram) singing
the aforementioned nursery rhyme, this double CD isn't as
scary as either of its predecessors. Therefore my mark out
of ten has fallen down a little.
it's still very enjoyable, and the presence of the excellent
David Collings adds enormously to the experience.
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