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Doctor Who: The Boy that Time Forgot by Paul Magrs

01/10/2008. Contributed by Sue Davies

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CD. pub: Big Finish ISBN: 978-1-84435-319-4. 120 minute CD. Price: 14.99 (UK). cast: Peter Davison, Sarah Sutton, Andrew Sachs, Harriet Walter, Adrian Scarborough, Oliver Senton and Claire Wyatt.

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The Doctor is without a means of transport and stuck in Victorian London. The ruffian, Thomas Brewster, rescued by the Doctor has taken the TARDIS and they use desperate means to locate it. Unfortunately, this meddling with the time-space continuum is not a good idea. The Doctor, Nyssa and two Victorians fall headlong into the distant, pre-historic past.

Mrs Beatrice Mapp is a forthright novelist and Rupert Van Thal is an adventurer which is just as well as all four are in a jungle with very large and scaly adversaries. There is worse to come. Giant, intelligent scorpions capture them. Without the translator of the TARDIS, they are initially unable to communicate with the scorpions. Then they meet the scorpions' leader, the boy that time forgot. He's bitter and twisted and been on the planet a long time without anybody to play with. Not to spoil the surprise, this is someone who the Doctor and we are really surprised to see. He's changed and not in a good way.

What a great story this is. There's nothing like bringing back a character and giving them a completely new adventure to push the limits of the audio. Paul Magrs has a wicked sense of humour and is not averse to killing off a good ratio of the cast.

There is an exceptional cast as usual and with Andrew Sachs and Harriet Walter we are totally spoiled. Harriet Walter in particular is a marvellously drawn character with extremely suitable vowels. Both of them are truly splendid Victorians and would make a very interesting spin-off series. The others play up to it well

'The Boy That Time Forgot' written by the wonderful Paul Magrs is a very satisfying excursion for the Fifth Doctor. Davison has this part down very well and although the stories are written by one of a team that seem to write for all the Doctors he makes it very much in his style. Magrs has a very tricky mind and a long memory and with this story, he gets his revenge on a character he doesn't seem to have liked very much.

The extras are very funny and very bitchy in places as usual when Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton get together. Overall, this is a good yarn of derring-doo combined with strange alien technology and hungry, viscous grandparents. It's an interesting twist on the past for the Fifth Doctor and we are offered an alternative ending to a classic Doctor series.

Sue Davies

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