Her Final Flight reviewed

Her Final FlightHer Final Flight, by Julian Shortman, is a December bonus story for the Sixth Doctor and Peri. It is a single disc release and also features Conrad Westmaas (who would become C’rizz) amongst the cast.

With an ominous title the listener expects a dark tale – are expectations met by this story?

The story

A brief synopsis on the Big Finish product page:

When the Doctor lands on Refiloe, he’s not impressed.

In fact, he doesn’t intend to stay for more than just a few minutes.

But someone has decided that the TARDIS has made her final flight.

Someone whose future depends on the Doctor’s death.

The story starts with a woman torturing someone into killing themselves; she is testing a new mind control device that she will use on the Doctor. Cut to the Doctor who appears on a deserted, bleak, chlorinated world which he intends to leave. Instead he falls and awakes in a village being tended by Peri who he has not met for 19 years.

The story proceeds to explain that the TARDIS is damaged and leaking time energy of some sort. A disease is mutating and killing everyone – the solution is to destroy the TARDIS. As the tension grows the Doctor occasionally awakens in a strange room with a mysterious woman but he forgets these meetings and finds he has been unconscious for days on end.

Needless to say all ends well as the Doctor sees through the illusions and turns the tables on his tormentor (and other clichés).

The storytelling

The story is ok but would have been better had it started with the Doctor awakening to meet Peri. We know all the time that the events are a dream and are not surprised that Peri isn’t really there.

Despite this the story does give some insight into the Doctor’s character and emotions are genuine.

Overall a decent enough story and better than some of the other December Bonus range.

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