Very solid drama with lots of tension. Toby's character takes a big step up in this one as the main character of the team, while the other three work together well.
The setting is kind of radioactive ghost story but turn into a political thriller / conspiracy story that even references Assassination Games.
The 60's era is still perfect, but the stories are getting better and better. The whole sound scape holds this together really well with very good acting and a well written story. I feel like this is the best release I have listened to this year (it is mid December as I write this, so that says something.)
I found this to be a very good story. It was quite well written and acted. Mostly this is a conspiracy story and it is well crafted, unfolding at a very good pace.
The odd thing is that I did not notice the absence of aliens until close to the end. For a story that is part of the SF genre, it is quite surprising that a deviation from the genre didn't ring alarm bells for me earlier. It is simply so good that I didn't have time to wonder what was wrong (or if anything was wrong)
Multi-doctor stories usually disappoint. This one didn't. There were 5 doctors and they all got big enough parts, plus there were enough team ups to keep it interesting.
Even with 5 doctors coming, I stopped to listen to the opening music 3 times. Very cleverly arranged using elements from all the preious arrangements and holding together as a new one.
It starts with an 8th doctor adventure, until the 4th is added in, but then it switches to focus on 5,6 and 7. Meanwhile a wonderful tribute is played to the first 3, all against a backdrop of a well written story with a cunning plot from the Master. The companions have small parts, yet meaningful and they add a lot of flavour. Its good all round.
Once again we have a 7th Doctor story where he is not the main character, but this time it isn't even Ace who is the main character, its Gilmore who heads this story with assistance from Allison, Rachel, Ace and the Doctor.
Its a political drama and a conspiracy story muddied a bit by the presence of the doctor since Gilmore must understand his scheme as well as that of the principal villains.
Its another great story for capturing the times. Much like the Common Men you do get a feel for 1963 though this time its from a different angle.
There are a lot of voices in this though and it is not always easy to tell them apart, so stay focused. The big cast also means lots of plot lines going on at once. Even more reason to pay close attention.
The name and the cover picture give a very clear idea of what to expect in this one. Cold war, Iron curtain and rockets exploring the vast unknown.
And for the first episode that is exactly what you get and it is top class stuff.
Then we get to the reality of the story. I won't spoil it, but I will say there are some big deviations from what is expected at this point. The story we really get is not hinted at by the cover. It is a big shift from that image. It is very off-beat. This should not detract from the quality of it whihc is still very good, it just isn't what was expected. (Some would say this is a good thing and they are right)
The other big point to note is that for most of the story Peri and the Doctor are separated by quite some distance and in many ways in different stories. For a while I wondered if Mr Morris had been given two story briefs and was trying to push them together, or did he have his own idea that was different to the brief and he wanted to tell them both.
It all works out in the end, but when you are in the middle of it, it just doesn't feel like classic who.
We entered a new chapter of big finish , and this is triomph for the whole whoniverse.
Paul McGann is back five years later from the TV Movie he gets back in the rol of the Eighth incarnation of the Doctor.
After the BBC books and the DWM comics, Big Finish have succeed to brought back the 8th doctor on audio, and whats better to bigin with a introduction whith Paul McGann travelling in the TARDIS. Than he exxdently landed inside a and airship the R101 in 1930. That airship crashlanded in France. In that ship the doctor meets an imposter Charley Pollard played by India Fisher. Charley is an interesting charachter, she the kinda post Sarah Jane Smith or proto Rose Tyler, she called herself The Edwardian Adventuress.
The supporting actor Gareth Thomas (Blake 7) played the minister of air Lord Tamworth.
The Doctor and Charley are not the only strangers in the ship, somethings coming, somethhing big.
Paul McGan and India Fisher forming a great pare together and with Alan Barnes script its even better, becouse this isthe first story of big finish that introduced a big story arc thats on the making, somethingÂ´s odd about Charley that even the universe will be shiver. Becouse sheÂ´s not the one on the dead list or is she?
7/10 A good intro with the Romantic Traveler the Eighth Doctor and the The Edwardian Adventures Charley Pollard.
Interesting how there are no written reviews on this site, so I might as well start? "This is just where I came in..." :)
As a child, my rating for this was a 10/10, with much crying. My dad never did understand why I thought my childhood was ruined when Tom Baker "died", and turned into this sarcastic, grinning twat at the end of Logopolis. Really, was that smile mid-regeneration really necessary for this historic moment back in the 80's??? Lucky for us, karma came back and bit Peter Davison in HIS final regeneration scene as he got upstaged by Nicola Bryant's "BAZOOMS" in the last ep of The Caves of Androzani. That's what you get for messing with Baker's final scene.
As an adult, I see this through a more mature lens, and with it's plot holes, I have to give it about a high 6, low 7, on the spectrum. The only reason why I gave it that high a rating was because of the awesome moment where Baker and The Master shake hands at the end of one of the eps( can't remember which one...). Baker's acting ability sold me on that scene. "I've never chosen my companions...!!!...Battle Stations!!"... Great scene.
Other than waiting for Ace Ventura 3 with Jim Carrey to come out, I would REALLY like a final, definitive explanation of "The Watcher" in this story arc, before I die. Moffat, if you're listening, please fulfill my wish and somehow tie something from the current series to tie into this explanation. It's high time this was actually solved and resolved. Or maybe I missed something that was explained in the Big Finish audiobooks? I dunno.
I have to agree with templetongate, what more can be said about this episode? Having watched all televised eps of Doctor Who, I can honestly say that this story arc is not only THE best regeneration story, but THE best Davison story. Could I also say that this could be one of THE best Doctor Who story arcs EVER?
You want one of the best Doctor Who cliffhangers of all time that will give you goosebumps every time you watch? Watch this story arc through and pay attention to the cliffhanger at the end of episode three. Amazing.
...this serial is also known for Peri's boobs (breastesses...) out-staging Davison's "serious" regeneration scene at the end of ep 4.
If you've listened to the commentary on the DVD...you'll understand me when I say the word, "Bazooms". :)
Great characters, with another drug story subtext, along with some great acting by a masked Sharaz Jek (Christopher Gable), and the ridiculous fourth wall breaking by Trau Morgus (John Normington), makes for a fun watch.
Kudos to Robert Holmes for letting Davison end his run on a high note. A REALLY high note. It probably out-topped Baker's final story of Logopolis? (Oh my, sacrilegious!!!) Hey, I'm a HUGE Baker fan, but I know a good regen story when I see it.
Davison wins this one, hands down.
This one is a MUST watch, if you are an old Who fan, or someone wanting to educate themselves on where the show came from.
Oh, and then we get shite Colin Baker's character beginning run. Not his fault really, as if you understand history, the BBC were trying to bury the show and Colin Baker. Eventually they were successful and got the show cancelled after McCoy's somewhat enigmatic run. So much for the Cartel Masterplan...
GET the DVD and listen to the commentary from the actors....BLOODY hilarious, especially at the end of Ep 4 in the regeneration scene...when Davison's wit really made me split a gut laughing, during his serious regeneration.
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