Doctor Who: Dust Breeding
by Mike Tucker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
An audio that manages to juggle a surprising number of elements, creating an overall effect that is somehow more solid than really impressive.
For example, the idea that the Warp Core invaded the mind of the artist Edvard Munch until he banished it into his painting, "The Scream" is intriguing, but it never really goes anywhere. It also seems like more could have been made of the fact that another work of art provides the means for the Warp Core to physically remanifest itself, but that's also glossed over.
Other aspects of the story, like Guthrie's quest for revenge, the reintroduction of Bev Tarrant, and the presence of a crashed Dalek ship at the heart of Duchamp 331, seem similarly rushed through. Mike Tucker deserves a lot of credit for keeping the story from becoming a mess, but I think I'd have preferred a story that had fewer elements but took more time to explore them.
Geoffrey Beevers's return as the Master is quite wonderful. I'm afraid I found the characters of Damien and Madame Salvadore to be a bit over the top, but everyone else gives a good performance. It's a perfectly good story, but I can't help feel that it could have been even better. View all my reviews