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Reviewed By: komodo on 8/27/15 9:47 pm
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8
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Suburban Hell begins with some very solid character introductions and a very well set scene. As a result, when the Doctor and Leela stumble into it, things feel genuine and the way everyone assumes they belong is produced by a night balancing act of character moving in and out of the scene, while quite naturally saying just enough to not give the game away.
Much like the Doctor and Leela, we learn moment by moment where this story is set.

Then, when everything is in place, the true threat of the story appears, but it is not the expected threat and so the Doctor finds himself in another time being careful with the breadcrumbs he leaves for his future self.

Solid characters, great imagery, timey-wimey plot lines with Tom and Louise: Everything you could want.
Reviewed By: PaulaPenguin on 8/27/15 6:46 am
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7
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"Paradox Lost" is a perfectly entertaining adventure for the 11th Doctor, Amy and Rory, but it isn't nearly as complex or timey-wimey as the title seems to suggest. The story is set in London at two different points in time - one in the far future, the other in the relatively recent past of 1910.The Doctor is seperated from his companions fairly early on, whereupon he quickly teams up with Professor Angelchrist, an intelligent elderly gentleman, who has started his own investigations into the Squall incursions. The two of them make for a great team, particularly since Angelchrist's enthusiastic but slightly reserved manner works as a lovely contrast to the more quirky and excitable persona of the 11th Doctor. In the meantime, Amy and Rory join forces with Arven, a very likeable robot, who comes across as having a proper personality, despite his monotonous and clipped delivery. Angelchrist and Arven are both wonderful guest characters and they really help to draw the audience into this adventure.

Unfortunately, a big chunk of the story is fairly predictable. It takes quite a while for any paradoxical event to come into play and even when it finally does, it isn't particularly dramatic or widespread. The overall plot is engaging enough, it's simply a little bit by-the-numbers. On the plus side, there are some nice little references to past televison adventures subtly worked into the dialogue and Rory gets to shine in a couple of scenes where he gets something to do beyond worry constantly.

Nick Briggs' 11th Doctor impression isn't nearly as good as his 9th Doctor, but he still gives a highly entertaining performance. His monster voice for the Squall is suitably raspy and threatening.

"Paradox Lost" makes for a solid entry in the New Series Adventures range with some paricularly likeable and winning characters joining in with the TARDIS regulars. Not the most exciting release, but a very enjoyable story none the less.
Reviewed By: adamelijah on 8/27/15 6:00 am
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This disappointing series finale fails to live up to the strength of the prior story or to the potential of having Leela and Jamie in the story. Both Frazier Hines and Louise Jameson spoke of this missed opportunity in the extras as Leela and Jamie, the two knife-wielding warriors of Doctor Who never actually meet even though they're in the same story.

In addition the story seems to drift a bit in the middle, offering up a convoluted pseudoscience explanation to solve all of its problems. Still, it's not an awful story. The music remains good as does the chemistry between the Doctor and Leela, and while his dual performance as the Doctor and Jamie is wasted, Frazier Hines still does a superb job with it. Still, this is a release that really failed to live up to its potential.
Reviewed By: kfb2014 on 8/26/15 11:00 am
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9
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The Romance of Crime, is a big massive Who adventure, with, aliens, double crossing, dollops of political double crossing, and, of course the observation of greed and general skullduggery by those in power and those who should know better. The crux of the story is that penal colony thats sole purpose is to dish out retribution to those imprisoned upon. We have a corrupt prison/judge/executioner Pyerpoint and then the small matter of the complete psychopathic Xais, a person who has the ability to squash people flat. That has managed to leave her spirit in a death mask, fashioned from a material that attenuates the psychic bond to whomever wears it. The death mask takes possession of the neurotic and anxiety ridden Margo Pyerpoint’s director of security. But the living embodiment of Xais is not on her own enter stage left the Ogrons. We have monsters left right and centre here. Whilst we have the Xais and the Ogrons to deal with, we also have the intergalactic equivalent of the Kray twins in the shape of previously convicted criminal gang of the Nisbetts. The Nisbetts seem to be the contract managers for the Nisbetts. The Ogrons run amok on the asteroid planet killing all the “normals” whilst the Doctor has to work out how to sort out the sorry mess.

This is a big bundle of fun, and a superb adaptation of the Novel. I loved the varying levels on which this whole drama plays out. It was a real treat to listen to, and, belies the any comparative to the T.V. Doctors incarnation as number 3. It is just too dam big an adventure. There is no way that the BBC would have been even able to touch this, and, also we have the double whammy that they would have probably buggered it up and re-wrote the whole thing and made a right mess of this. Tom is on fine form, he delivers some of the classiest one line sarcastic responses of any of his previous Big Finish work, listen out, you will chuckle. My favourite line is the one where the Doctor is examining Stokes’s art shop and studio after Margo under the influence of Xias kills and smashes up the said studio – The Doctor as quick as a flash fires out the one line when inspecting the vandalism with the line “there are several hundreds of pennies worth of damage” there are other one liners. The other superb comical element is the cyber policeman who has been sent originally to investigate odd goings on at the prison asteroid planet Frank Spigot played by Marcus Garvey, he is like every other gumshoe detective, except he has an unhealthy dose of self deprecating dysthymic despair, that is so self obsessed it again lightens what could well be a much unexplored role within the release.

Superb Marcus Garvey is wonderful, Leeson as K9 Mark 2 is superb as ever, couple this with an extraordinary cast in this first of the novel adaptions is brilliantly played, put the icing on the cake with Baker and Ward as Romana and Doctor number 3 then you have a cracking 2hour plus adventure.
Reviewed By: adamelijah on 8/26/15 5:44 am
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8
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This story is unusual as it seems to begin like a quite innocent and relaxing day for the Doctor and Leela, yet grows more ominous as the story goes on. The interplay between the Doctor and Companion is delightful. It's great to be able to take some time to just enjoy these two characters and how they interact.

Of course, this isn't the full story as something has gone wrong with K-9 and there's something truly sinister afoot on Krelos. The truth of what's going on unfolds at a good pace that really helps build suspense. In fact if not for all the promotional materials (including the trailer) which gave away exactly what was going on, the ending would have left me on the edge of my seat for the finale.

The music by Jamie Robinson on this release is really evocative and helps establish the original idyllic mood and then helps to build up to the suspenseful conclusion. After all the friendly moments early and the story, the Doctor and Leela have a powerful and heated debate over when the Doctor should interfere that's perhaps the highlight of the release. Overall, a very strong beginning to the two part series finale.
Reviewed By: adamelijah on 8/25/15 9:51 pm
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7
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This story introduces Maureen O'Brien as Vicki who replaces Susan in the TARDIS crew. It's a short two part affair that finds the Doctor, Ian, and Barbara landing on a planet where a spaceship is stranded with its two surviving crew members the only survivors.

The first episode suffers from some issues with pacing. However, the second manages to have some great moments of mystery and a clever reveal of the true villain. The story is held together by solid acting. Maureen O'Brien really establishes great chemistry with William Hartnell. Hartnell plays the Doctor in a very different way than he did in Season 1. It's a gentler Doctor, although he also has a great one-on-one confrontation with the villain that was unusual as the series had relied on Ian as the "action man," up to this point.

Of course, there are some dodgy effects and some off directing moment, but the regulars overcome all to tell a good story and introduce a new companion.
Reviewed By: FlyingTigerComics on 8/25/15 5:02 pm
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7
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Point of Entry shouldn't drag - but it does. It shouldn't drop you out of following the story - but it does.

I think part of the problem is not the Elizabethan setting - which is excellent, or the lead performances - which are solid, but rather that the pacing is off. It drags due to slowness and the drama really needs some punchy dialogue and quick delivery, but somehow it grinds to a halt during the Walsingham encounter and loses consciousness completely shortly after.

It doesn't help that a scene with a rack is treated by the Doctor as "ho hum yawn" instead of loosing a blood curdling scream or even a trademark grunt of effort. Just - yawn. If he isn't scared or excited, why should we be?

Great ideas, poor ball handling skills.
Reviewed By: FlyingTigerComics on 8/25/15 4:57 pm
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9
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Paradise 5 sees the 6th Doctor and Peri explore a sinister space station orbiting a hellish world, which paradoxically is a vacation spot for the rich and jaded of a capitalist society of futuristic humans.

It also lampshades the "Doctor visits old friends" repeated intro, which is acceptable in this case since it never happens again.

For Peri fans it conjures up the character at her most objectified in terms of her sexy outfits in this story whilst simultaneously subverting all of that by giving her the most to do, including real mystery sleuthing and some actual puzzle solving in episode one.

The gay villains are a nice touch since they aren't camp as a row of tents or particularly one note.

The monsters are well realised.

For whatever reason, and it is a little inexplicable, this one is easy to listen to and follow on first hearing and is excellent on replays. Compared to Point of Entry for example, which I find hard to listen to and follow, the soundscape in Paradise 5 really enfolds you and keeps your interest.