Director: Gary Russell
Producers: Gary Russell & Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive Producer: Jacqueline Rayner
Running Time: 1 hour, 59 minutes (2 CD’s)
Companion: Charley Pollard (India Fisher)
Summary: On New Year’s Eve in 1930, Charley finally gets to go to Singapore. But all is not pleasant, for the Doctor has found an enemy who claims to have met him before–Sebastian Grayle. He has made a deal with the Nimon, hoping to acquire immortality. And the mystery of anti-time surrounding Charley is deepening.
Review: This story can best be described in one word–intense. Charley is especially snarky in this episode, creating great chemistry between the Doctor and her. Stephen Perring is excellently menacing as Grayle, and terrifying too. He seems to match the Doctor at every move, nearly as much a threat as the Master. This is one of the best Eighth Doctor stories so far.
Continuity: Charley questions whether the Doctor should have rescued her from the R101, and mentions Edith from The Chimes of Midnight. The Nimon were originally encountered in “The Horns of Nimon”. Grayle is a member of the Hellfire Club, which the Doctor encountered in Minuet in Hell. The Doctor recites the Gallifreyan nursery rhyme “Zagreus”, which the Sixth Doctor recited in “Project: Twilight”, setting the stage for what many consider Big Finish’s magnum opus, Zagreus.
Overall Review: 10/10