Writer and Director: Nicholas Briggs
Producer: Gary Russell and Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive Producer: Jacqueline Rayner
Running Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Summary: The Doctor and Charley encounter an ancient race of aliens in the Cimmerian System. They cryptically talk about the “Darkness” that will develop them. What is their nature? Are they good or evil?
Review: This story seems like a story that would work in the audio medium, and makes good use of it. Here is a story where vision is impeded and relies almost completely on sound. The Cimmerians are interesting aliens, and I was fascinated by them. A race of creatures that had adapted so well to the darkness of space, that even eyes are alien to them. Such a fascinating story.
Overall Review: 10/10
Continuity: The Doctor and Charley encounter a robot called the ROSM which detects a strange infection within Charley. This foreshadows events in future dramas. The Celestial Toymaker refers to events in this episode in Charley’s Companion Chronicle Solitaire.
Trivia: The story was originally going to feature the Monstrans, who were last seen in the Fourth Doctor episode “Planet of Evil”.