This past week I listened to No Man's Land, a Doctor Who audio play from 2006. The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and his companions Ace (Sophie Aldred) and Hex (Philip Olivier) find themselves in France in World War I and surprisingly expected. There's letter awaiting them from the top brass telling the officers to expect a "Doctor" and companions to visit and investigate a murder that hasn't happened yet. Investigating a murder within spitting distance of the trenches is a bit like observing a drop of water at the beach. The dialogue is a little lame in this one--Ace has a line about Hex's "perfectly formed posterior" I guess is meant to establish a possible romance between them but good grief is that clunky, the subject matter making it embarrassingly so.
It ends up being a story about the amoral conditioning of soldiers into killers, something Doctor Who has covered many times in better ways. Ultimately, No Man's Land made me just want to watch The War Games from the Second Doctor era again. I'm continually disappointed my favourite 80s Doctor, Seven, seems to get the worst audio play scripts. Well, he has had a few good ones so far. And I've plenty to listen to yet--I'm only in 2006 and they're still making these things to-day.