Please feel free to comment on my review.
Forge File – The Two Doctors
The Forge and Nimrod are back!
‘Project: Lazarus’ is a gripping four-part ‘Doctor Who’ story by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright. It is actually a sequel to ‘Project: Twilight’ where it first featured the Forge with Nimrod and had the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn Smythe facing vampires. I found this tale so gripping from beginning to end.
This story is unique. As well as the Forge and Nimrod, the story also features the return of Cassie from ‘Project: Twilight’. It is also a multi-Doctor story featuring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor and Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor. I was intrigued by how the two Doctors connect in this story.
This is also a story of two halves. The first half features the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn in ‘Parts One and Two’, starting and ending with the Dominic Glynn theme music. The second half features the Seventh Doctor in ‘Parts Three and Four’, starting and ending with the Keff McCulloch theme music.
The adventure begins with the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn returning to Norway to find Cassie, who they dropped off at the end of ‘Project: Twilight’. The Doctor has the cure for Cassie’s vampirism. But it’s been many years have passed since they left Cassie and pretty soon the Forge and Nimrod catch up.
I liked how the first half of this story connects directly to the events of ‘Project: Twilight’ and resolves things that were left unanswered at the end of that story. The Sixth Doctor and Evelyn find that deals with the Forge are a dangerous business and causes a personal cost to them concerning Cassie.
Rosie Cavaliero returns as Cassie, who is now working for the Forge and now goes by her codename Artemis. Cassie isn’t the sweet girl that the Doctor and Evelyn met, since she’s changed and blames the Doctor for not coming back for her. It transpires Nimrod rescued her during her time in Norway.
Stephen Chance also returns as Nimrod, who is now the Deputy-Director of the Forge. We have more scenes with Nimrod in this story and he’s clearly a nasty piece of work when he deals with alien matters of the Forge. Stephen delivers a chilling and charming performance as Nimrod in this.
Colin Baker is brilliant as the Sixth Doctor in this audio adventure. Again, Doctor Six’s vulnerability gets explored, as he makes the fatal mistake of not going back minutes after he left Cassie in 1999 since it is now 2004. Colin’s Doctor’s confrontational scenes with Nimrod are so gripping to listen to.
When the Sixth Doctor encounters the Forge and Nimrod again, they want something from him. They want to acquire the process of regeneration that the Doctor has in his Time Lord body. They do this forcefully and Doctor Six goes through pain as the Forge extract the regeneration cells from him.
Maggie Stables is equally brilliant as Evelyn Smythe, since she speaks her own mind during this story. It’s a shame that Evelyn’s only in the first half of the story. I like the scenes Evelyn shares with Cassie when she tries to make Cassie remember her son ‘Tommy’, as she’s forgotten him thanks to Nimrod.
Evelyn gets to express her motherly side when dealing with Cassie and her condition. It was quite a turning point in the story when it’s revealed that Evelyn’s got a weak heart since she began travelling with the Doctor. Evelyn’s been keeping it a secret, as the Doctor doesn’t know when Cassie finds out.
The story moves from Norway and we end up in Dartmoor where the Forge’s headquarters is based. We met some of the other Forge members including Ingrid Evans as Dr Crumpton and Adam Woodroffe as Sergeant Frith. There’s also Ann Jenkins who voices the Oracle computer at the Forge.
The first half of the story ends shockingly with Nimrod killing Cassie in the most horrible of ways. Doctor Six witnesses this and damns Nimrod for such an act. Doctor Six eventually returns to the TARDIS with Evelyn waiting for him and he tells her that Cassie is dead and that he couldn’t save her.
Evelyn is terribly upset with the news of Cassie’s death and she blames the Doctor for not saving her. It was a very gut-wrenching scene to end the first half, since Evelyn runs to cry in her room and tells the Doctor to go away when he calls on her. I wonder if Evelyn will ever forgive the Doctor after this.
We then move on to the second half of the story with Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor. Its four years since the first half of ‘Project: Lazarus’, but Doctor Seven’s TARDIS detects something in the time vortex that’s dangerous. Arriving in Dartmoor again, Doctor Seven goes out to investigate it.
This is the older Doctor Seven from ‘The TV Movie’, although the story takes place before his death. Sylvester delivers a superb performance as the Seventh Doctor. I liked how Sylvester easily slips into remembering what had happened when he was Doctor Six and he despises Nimrod for killing Cassie.
Doctor Seven finds himself back at the Forge where he’s taken in by gunpoint by Sergeant Frith. He meets up with Nimrod and Dr Crumpton who attempt to make contact with the Huldran, an alien race within the time vortex. He then meets up with…himself! It’s the Sixth Doctor. What’s this then?!
I was so surprised when Doctor Six turns up at the moment with Doctor Seven in this story. I wondered how he got there. It transpires Doctor Six is working for the Forge as its scientific advisor. Doctor Seven has no memory of working for the Forge as Doctor Six and he becomes suspicious of it.
I really liked the bantering and bickering shared between Sylvester’s Doctor and Colin’s Doctor in this. It reminds me of Doctor Two and Three’s bickering in ‘The Three Doctors’. I wondered whether Doctor Six was real and Doctor Seven knew it. All was revealed when Doctor Seven makes ‘contact’.
The story concludes with Doctor Seven managing to escape from the Forge headquarters, as it blows up in Dartmoor. He returns to his TARDIS and leaves Dartmoor behind him. But it transpires the Forge’s Oracle computer has rebooted itself and perhaps Nimrod is still around to fight another day.
The CD extras are as follows. There are trailers for ‘Flip-Flop’ with Sylvester McCoy and Bonnie Langford; ‘Davros’ with Colin Baker and Terry Molloy and ‘The Wormery’ with Colin Baker and Katy Manning.
‘Project: Lazarus’ is a great sequel to ‘Project: Twilight’. It’s a superb story featuring more about the Forge and Nimrod and both Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy are superb as the Doctors. I did wonder where this story arc would go next and how the Forge and Nimrod would return again in the series.
‘Project: Lazarus’ rating – 8/10
|The previous story
For the Sixth Doctor is
For Evelyn was
For the Seventh Doctor was
|The next story
For the Sixth Doctor is
For Evelyn is
For the Seventh Doctor is
|Return to The Sixth Doctor’s Timeline|
|Return to Evelyn’s Timeline|
|Return to The Seventh Doctor’s Timeline|
|Return to The Doctors’ Timelines Index|
|Return to The Companions’ Timelines Index|
|Return to Doctor Who Timelines|
|Return to Doctor Who|
|Return to Sci-Fi|