The final three stories in the Retro Reviews series are upon us and, following on from the shocking ending of “The Angel of Scutari” is the first: Cavan Scott and Mark Wright’s “Project: Destiny”. After enjoying both their previous Forge stories, I’m excited to see how this one shapes up. Read on to find out, but beware: this review will contain spoilers!
Following Hex’s injury at the hands of Kitchen in the last release, the Doctor takes him to London in 2025 to help him recover. They soon find that the entire city has been abandoned due to a terrible contagion and that the Forge is on the scene, reactivated after the events of Project: Twilight and more powerful than before.
Stephen Chance returns as Nimrod, who’s as sinister as ever, while Maggie O’Neil and Ingrid Oliver (before her time as Osgood) join the Forge fold as Captain Lysandra Aristedes and Oracle respectively. The former is an interesting new character who has some great interactions with the main characters and who I’m interested to hear more from in the future.
The plot itself is rather thin, so much so that I can barely remember what happened. Character is where this script shines, however, with the revelation about Hex’s mother being particularly well-handled.
Overall, this is a rather straightforward story that exists more to resolve the cliffhanger of The Angel of Scutari and set up the following release: A Death in the Family. There are some interesting character moments, but the thin plot lets this story down.
Project: Destiny can be purchased on CD or as a download from http://www.bigfinish.com
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