Time Tunnel (5.03)

Big Finish - Short Trips Season 5

A train comes into a station in Sussex with all of the passengers dead of malnutrition. So the Doctor decides to take a train through the same tunnel as the dead people traveled, to see what happens. And he barely escapes with his life! But he decides to go back, walking into the tunnel to explore, in order to find out what’s going on, before the Brigadier decides to blow up the whole mountain where the danger lies.

This story started out great but then “went off the rails” at the very end. The Doctor does go into the tunnel and figures out what the issue is with time in there. However, either I missed something or I’m at a loss to understand what happens with the mountain and tunnel. Did the Brigadier blow it up? Will the alien in it be there when others of his race appear? Did the Doctor explain things to the Brigadier so he could understand it? And will this be in a future story? It really was just the last 5 minutes or so that lost me but otherwise the pacing finally seemed to work for a short trip story.

Katy Manning

Writer: Nigel Fairs

Director: Lisa Bowerman

Release: March 2015

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