The Waters of Amsterdam
Audio / February 6, 2016

The 2016 main range of releases kicks off with ‘The Waters of Amsterdam,’ a story that picks up directly from the events portrayed in the televised ‘Arc of Infinity.’ Rid of the threat of Omega, Tegan has decided to rejoin Tegan and the Doctor aboard the TARDIS, but her past is about to catch up with her. ‘The Waters of Amsterdam’ is an interesting release in that it plays with expectations before really kicking into gear. The initial premise is that Tegan’s ex-boyfriend, Kyle, runs into her in Amsterdam, setting up expectations that this will be a character study for Tegan and more of a fpersonal drama than the classic series normally afforded its companion characters. While, indeed, Janet Fielding is afforded a lot of the focus as the story of Kyle is revealed through a montage of flashbacks- and fortunately the character is portrayed fairly favourably given the circumstances-, this ultimately only proves to be a stepping stone as the story proper starts to assert itself. As it happens, Kyle has also brought to the Doctor’s attention a series of Rembrandt ‘Vessels of the Stars’ works that accurately portray schematics for spaceships. Cue episode two where, after an attack…