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Reviewed By: Governor of Varos on 12/21/14 12:54 pm
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10
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What a great story :) I loved new Rani..
And poor, poor Peri. After events of Mindwarp, she must have had pretty bad time during this story..
Reviewed By: kfb2014 on 12/18/14 9:18 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
8
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I have never took to 7th Doctor adventures easily. They somehow, through a mix of McCoy seemingly struggling over the material, and producing a lack lustre performance, or in other instances, blowing the rest of the cast away, with his sheer genius of playing the character, there is never an easy listen to a 7th Doctor for me. Then I pop in this little gem. I am struggling not for the first time to understand why people have not rated this higher than they have. It is worth a lot more than an average in my opinion of 7.2 more nearer to 9. That said although this is a good solid not going to change the world. It is however, one of the stronger stories that McCoy as been in, and, once again as recently he is not assisted by a companion, which interestingly provides once again with a strong performance. I especially like the recently woken from a self induced coma state Doctor, Sylvester has the wonderful ability to play that "is he mad" character so well, it does make you wonder!
The story made me think up until we are actually formally introduced to the baddies, that we may well have been dealing with the Silurian. But no alas they were the Ice Warriors from Mars, I suppose the licence could/will never be agreed. Never mind this still made for a fantastic little gem, and the true mark of something you enjoy, is the fact that I popped this on the IPOD and it felt like I had only been listening for half and hour, and, I was listening to the end credit music... Nice one Big Finish.
Reviewed By: kfb2014 on 12/18/14 7:16 am
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7
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Snuck on the end of the release is The Vanity Box, which sees the Doctor and Mel land in 60's Britain. The 60's Britain of the North, where they encounter the local 40 something brigade of women seeking the skills of a the local beauty salon to transform them from their blue rinse, ageing, wrinkly. They are transformed into more youthful, versions of themselves, with the aid of the "Vanity Box", therein lies the problem. The vanity box itself is the wishing beast. We now learn that the Wishing Beast is an alien entity. In order to once and for all rid the universe of the entity. The Doctor engages with the Vanity Box itself and in a mind over matter battle comes out the victor, sending the Wishing Beast packing.

Three words sum this up short and sweet. The small drama does get the benefit from Colin Baker dragging it up in a very "Les Dawsonesqe" way which harkens back to my previous comment of the whole thing having a Pantomime quality.
Reviewed By: kfb2014 on 12/14/14 3:30 pm
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8
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This felt like an half an hour drama, Mr Magrs is a talented writer that is a given and he ticks all the right boxes with this outing of the 6th Doctor. Colin is teemed up with of all companions Bonnie, and I cannot recall the last outing with these two but it works very well. Other highlights in this release are the wonderful tones of Jean Marsh, you instantly get her, and the visualisation of her character. She shows a strong presence, for me, listening to this near to Christmas, there is a certain pantomime quality the emits from the release. Two ugly sisters, a wishing monster, and Doctor Who playing the part of buttons (for this reference to work for non UK people check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantomime).

It is not hard to listen to, and it gently moves along with the listener getting involved in the story. Great little gem here, don't know why it has a low mark.
Reviewed By: kfb2014 on 12/14/14 6:49 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
7
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This is a McCoy outing on his own, and the bemused ramblings of what appears to be a Time Lord who has lost his way are the most accurate words to describe the beginning of this title. Sylvester seems to be struggling to be himself, now, wandering as he is a visitor in Valhalla, a, somewhat distant earth satellite colony long since forgotten by it's benefactors. We learn how the Doctor is trying to sell himself at the job centre to secure himself work. This is all at odds, when we learn that Valhalla as descended into a mire of teaming unhappy souls, whom are allowed to publicly riot, and pay for the privilege just to let of their anxieties and pressures of living this dire existence. It certainly sounds like humankind is struggling to keep a grip, controlled as it is by a non democratic non elected council called the registry. The only thing that is thriving in Valhalla are the termites, and they have what soon becomes apparent their own agenda of of how they are going to change things around. for this, so distant of earth's colonies. Only then do we start to learn what the plan is from the Doctor, and why he is coming to the rescue of these individuals.

McCoy is compromised and very much on form in this story, pervading a minstrel like quality with the script lay out before him as well as having a play around with the emotions, McCoy is starting for me to become a jester of the English Language, with his Scottish brogue adding to the overall command of the sense of identity that is the Doctor. He is without question a fine actor, and that is apparent, whether this does him full worth in this outing of the 7th Time Lord, if I am honest, the jury is still out. It is entertaining and that must be some sort of massive tick in the box. However the idea of the thought of enemy actually being a down trodden human experiment gone wrong and then forgotten, and thus, seeking it's own revenge, is a nicely worked if overused theme.

Not bad, for nearing the 100th output in the main range. Nice to see the Doctor perform on his own for once as well.
Reviewed By: Megaplumfinity on 12/13/14 6:00 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
7
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A fun story which begins with a bang but unfortunately becomes less involving as it continues. Unfortunately it begins to resemble a JNT-era shopping list with too many elements shoved together struggling for space. It's a testament to Johnathan Morris' skill as a writer that the story remains clear and entertaining but by the end it feels increasingly plot-driven with little room left for the characters to breathe. It's an unfortunate waste of the return of DI Menzies and Thomas Brewster and ends up feeling a little unsatisfying.
Reviewed By: Megaplumfinity on 12/13/14 5:25 am
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
8
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A fast-paced and exciting story which pre-dates RTD's 'Rose' in telling the story through a new companion's eyes. It works equally as well here with Philip Olivier providing a likable and engaging character (if not exactly one full of depth- although that does come later on in the series). His addition provides a breath of fresh air to the increasingly rote 7th Doctor and Ace combo. The story revolves around an intriguing twist on the Cybermen but unfortunately its never explored in any great depth. The first three episodes feature crisp storytelling and intriguing characters but unfortunately the final episode is merely adequate in wrapping things up in too convenient and perfunctory a manner. Still overall a very good story and one of the better new companion introductions.
Reviewed By: Megaplumfinity on 12/13/14 5:14 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
7
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A fun if rather uncharacteristic Sixth Doctor story narrated by Nicola Bryant (who does a very funny Matt Smith impression). If you like Nev Fountain's style of humour you'll enjoy this too. It has just the right amount of story for a one disc tale and is filled with amusing ideas and jokes. It's a good outing for Peri's character as she gets to drive the story more than usual. The only negatives are the rather silly villains of the piece and the mechanics of its time-travel plot which would, I feel be more at home in the Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy.