We return to the the Eight Doctor Audio's for todays review, which is brought to you by Peri-Peri.
It's like The Village That Time Forgot!
The inhabitants of the quiet seaside town of Thorington in Suffolk are living the same day over and over again.
What's so special about the 1st of September 1991? Why haven't the villagers noticed that the same song has been number one for years? And just where on Earth has the sea disappeared to?
The Doctor and Lucie must solve the mystery before the 'visitors' return...
So What's Good With It? Ok, so I will get the gushing about Mcgann and Smith out of the way to begin with. They are both amazing in this story and have really settled into their partnership. You can tell just how comfortable they are with each other and it really comes accross. Derek 'SuperTed' Griffiths is also brilliant. The script is absolutely brilliant. Really tight with not a moment wasted, yet filled with enough description, humour, mystery and intrigue to keep you gripped. It is filled with twists and turns to keep you guessing and loads of misdirection so that you think you know what's going to happen, then something else happens right out of the blue. The Autons make their BF debut in a story that is probably one of my favourite Auton stories of any medium and they are given a great update with added intelligence, showing a different side to what we have become used to on the show. I am almost certain that Moffat based his Series 5 finale Autons on the ones in this story. The Doctor's reaction to these Autons and his desire to help them be free of the Nestene is a brilliant twist on the classic villains scenario also. The ending is a lovely cliffhanger type which leaves you begging for more. This story needs a sequel and soon!
But What's Wrong With It? Although the story is ended well and fits brilliantly into the alloted time, it was so good that I couldnt help but wish that there was more time for more adventure and story to be had. It would have worked well as a 2 parter. That's not to say it is rushed or crammed in, but a longer running time would have meant more Auton Adventure.
The Verdict: If you love a great adventure with a great story and a great villain, then this is for you!
Brave New Town gets the very first 5 out 5 TARDIS's
Extra Info: 60 minutes long on a single disc with bonus features. Available for £7.69 from Amazon
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