01/11/2009. Contributed by Sue Davies
pub: Big Finish. 60 minute CD with extras. Price: CD: £ 8.99 (UK), download: £ 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84435-425-2) cast: Frazer Hines and Andrew Fettes.
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Jamie is thinking about his travels with the Doctor, which is odd because all his memories were removed after he went home to his croft. But he has a visitor, one who wants him to remember everything. There's a problem and it comes from when Jamie and the Doctor were present at England's Glorious Revolution of 1688.
The Glorious Revolution took place when Catholic James II of England and Scotland stepped down and allowed his protestant daughter, Mary, and his son-in-law, William of Orange, to take the throne. Religion again, as usual.
Jamie, ZoŽ and the Doctor arrive at this crucial period in history and in doing so set in motion a series of events that could have significant effect on the history of not just little old England.
This is a perfectly pitched historical tale that offers the very best of Jamie McCrimmon and the Doctor. Frazer Hines not only does Jamie brilliantly but also offers a fine impression of Patrick Troughton's Doctor. It's an affectionate and poignant reflection on what could have been if they'd both carried on doing the series but more than that it makes excellent use of Hines' talent and is a well-constructed story.
Written by Jonathan Morris and directed Nigel Fairs this gives credence to the choice of the traditional historical plot used in the period that Patrick Troughton played the Doctor. It has the frisson of history, a little comedy and also incorporates a little sadness. I felt a full range of emotions listening to it which means that it gave good listening value.
The extras manage to make it seem mostly knockabout fun whilst recording. The huge amount of work that the team do after the actors go home should not be overlooked. The music, effects, marketing and the inevitable sprout soup from Nick Briggs is all a potent mix.
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