01/02/2011. Contributed by Sue Davies
pub: Big Finish. 2 CDs 120 minute story. Price: CD: GBP 14.99 (UK). Download: GBP 12.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84435-500-6). cast: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Philip Olivier, Michael Brandon, Kate Terence, Stuart Milligan, Alex Lowe, Sam Clemens and Duncan Wisbey.
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‘Lurkers At Sunlight’s Edge’ is the final part of the three sequential monthly episodes of the Doctor Who series which stars Sylvester McCoy. It is loosely linked to the previous pair but feels more standalone than the previous two.
The White Tardis lands appropriately enough in the Arctic on a mysterious island of ice in 1934. As the three companions, the Doctor, Ace and Hex, go to explore the newly risen island, they encounter a mysterious rambling man who accuses them of being Whytecrag’s friends and asks how many Lurkers dream in the vault. As he runs away, they find what they thought was a gun but looks like a frozen crystal. They go after him and meet instead the eponymous Emerson Whytecrag the Third (actor Stuart Milligan of ‘Jonathan Creek’ fame). He is very interested in the Lurkers, too. It proceeds to get a little crazier after that.
On first hearing, this flew quite quickly over my head but as I re-listened I warmed to it despite the arctic blast. It was inventive and funny. There are points that are a little full of exposition but it allowed a lot of dialogue between Hex, Ace and the Doctor. We are finding out as they do and it feels very atmospheric. There is a lot of word-play around a plot that mainly sees the protagonist move from one side of the island to another with diversions to drop down the odd crevasse and the occasional running away. The main character of nutty adventurer Whytecrag is nicely voiced by the talented Stuart Milligan. The other main guest star is voiced by Michael Brandon who plays CP Doveday who may not be all he seems. A word or two as well for the main actors, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Philip Scofield as Hex, who may sometimes get taken for granted. Ace gets a big part in this one and she plays an emotional role in the life of CP Doveday. Hex also gets to ponder on the odds of continually cheating death which may well prove prophetic for his character.
Although this adventure is quite a cerebral and wordy one, the events do eventually lead up to an action-packed denouement which results in a sad conclusion. It is a thoughtful piece and, as I said previously, it actually gets better on the second or third run-through.
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