Continuing directly on from last monthâ€™s Deimos. We find Lucie Miller being thrown out of a TARDIS and directly into trouble. When we last encountered her, she was hanging up her time travelling boots and settling for a quiet life, away from monsters and alien planets.
Her falling out with the Eighth Doctor had led to one of the more bitter Doctor Who departures and certainly left listeners needing a better form of closure on the Lucie Miller saga.
And so with The Resurrection of Mars, we start to find out a little more about what happened to her since leaving the Doctorâ€™s company and where sheâ€™ll end up. From the outset, we know that things between Lucie and the Monk have turned sour; he callously dumps her in the middle of an Ice Warrior conflict and dematerialises his TARDIS without so much as a bye or leave. But never fear, the Doctor is near, and Lucie is soon reunited with him and by his side once more.
Whilst these two rekindle their special relationship, another couple are set to start travelling together, the Doctorâ€™s newest friend Tamsin has begun to see the world through the Meddling Monkâ€™s eyes and she likes what she sees. Itâ€™s a brave move for Big Finish, making a fuss about a new companion all for it to turn out to be a red herring at the end of the day. Some of you may have clocked onto the twist thatâ€™s been coming and some of you may have had no idea but by the end of this story, Lucie has resumed her travels with the Doctor while TamsinÂ has become disheartened with him and the decisions he has made and chosen his rival, the Monk.
Thatâ€™s the real â€œmeatâ€ of the story; the Ice Warriors become almost a second plot strand that needs tidying up, which writer Jonathan Morris takes care of neatly and tidily. This reviewer will state that the Ice Warriors always bring with them a certain two dimensional quality to audio plays that they never quite seem to break, always hell bent on the same kind of honourable conquest, trying to reclaim what was once theirs. In this story, Morris manages to bring a little more colour to their cheeks making them slightly more threatening and believable than usual.
Supporting cast all perform well, Tracy Ann Oberman especially reminding us of a more heartless version of the character she played alongside David Tennant. She clearly has a passion in this piece, playing it with maliciousness and contempt the whole way through.
Overall, The Resurrection of Mars is an enjoyable conclusion to this two part story, the Monk and Tamsin will be back, probably flanked with Skaroâ€™s finest and weâ€™re in store for more fun adventures with the Doctor and Lucie for the next few months. These last few adventures for the Eighth Doctor have lacked certain energy for him, most likely missing his friend, now that sheâ€™s back, he can hopefully get back on track.
Doctor Who: The Resurrection of Mars is available now to purchase on MP3 or CD from www.bigfinish.com.