Can Cilla save Turnidus, Hywel, Cindy and Yztabub from the
deadly machines on Medicworld? Will they be able to reach
Earth, which has been overrun by Aaran's pallbearers? And
will true love prove to be blind for Frag...?
had sneaky references to Doctor Who's Daleks before
in this series. Indeed, the sinister robotic pallbearers reprise
their Dalek Invasion of Earth-style catchphrase "We
are the masters of Earth" when the action shifts to our planet.
This episode also offers a blatantly obvious allusion to the
Daleks' 1963 debut serial, when our heroes realise that a
malicious Medicworld x-ray machine depends upon contact with
the metal floor to gain power.
In addition to the pallbearers, certain other long-forgotten
plot elements are dredged up. Remember the real Mydas Mydason
(Mark J Thompson doing a decent imitation of Michael Keating's
former performance), who had been locked away by his evil
doppelganger? Well, he comes back into the story during this
instalment. So does the giant mutated dead cat that was discovered
on board the Nick of Time in Part Two. And these are
not the only welcome blasts from the past...
In my previous review, I stated that Part Ten would be a double-CD
release. Well, I was wrong! It would appear that the plan
was changed when Soldiers of Love went from being a
ten-part series to a twelve-part and then a fourteen-part
one. The sleeve of this CD indicates that the next
instalment will comprise two discs, but advance information
on the MJTV website suggests otherwise. The latest information
is that Part Twelve will, in fact, be the double-length one.
we don't get quite as much Soldiers of Love as we might
have been expecting on this occasion. Never mind, though -
the price remains the same, and the 70-odd (very odd!) minutes
that we do get are as entertaining as ever.