Doctor Who: Sisters of the Flame
[The Eighth Doctor Adventures 2.07]
It’s a shame that Sheridan Smith hasn’t yet been able to do a Companion Chronicle as Lucie Miller, but Sisters of the Flame might be the next best thing: a Lucie solo story. Separated from the Doctor, Lucie gets an entire episode in the limelight, and Sheridan makes the most of it, giving us Lucie in all her witty, aggressive glory.
But other than this, and some other great performances (I love hearing Nicholas Grace again as Straxus, and Alexander Siddig is pretty great as the centipede-like alien Rosto), the main appeal of this story is as an epic lead-up to the grand finale. It’s a bit more self contained than the two-parters in season one, but it’s hard to judge this story on its own merits. It certainly leaves one wanting more, though, and that’s a very good thing.