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Reviewed By: adamelijah on 8/2/15 6:29 am
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Iris Wildthyme regenerates into a man-a man who doesn't drink and spouts self-help cliches and pours all their booze down the drain much to Panda's annoyance. However, a crisis with the Naxians and an earth-threatening crisis brings the truth.

The first half of this story works really well, but I think the second part is a bit of a letdown. Good comedy comes out of characters acting consistent with who they are, so jokes are built around them and that's what happened int he first half. In the second half, gags became all important whether it actually made sense with who the character was or not. Still, while it could have been a bit more consistent, this odes have some great in-jokes and plays nicely with the idea of regeneration.
Reviewed By: Vida on 8/1/15 11:37 pm
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This just gets sweeter with time. A great, atmospheric tale with fun characters and some stellar moments for companion Leela. It doesn't preach, it has little or no political agenda, it has some great intentional (Leela's efforts to get Ruban to leave his room) and unintentional (the green jello in a plastic bag alien) comedy but it was FUN, something Doctor Who forgets to be a lot these days.
Reviewed By: Vida on 8/1/15 11:22 pm
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This was a very well written story, my only logic issue was with the fact that the Doctor and Clara interacted as if she was a new companion, not as if they had known each other for some time. This could have been genuinely funny story if it were better acted.
Reviewed By: newt5996 on 8/1/15 9:30 pm
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The Unicorn and the Wasp is a story that you really don't see people talking much about. In a series that had quite a few bad stories but some good ones and even a classic in Midnight, yet here in the center of the season we have a story that allows some light relief in between a really bad story (The Doctor's Daughter) and the really creepy Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead. Gareth Roberts while writing one of his less imaginative stories still gets the comedy present here to work well. That also helps that Catherine Tate's Donna is well captured by Roberts, the director is Graeme Harper (Doctor Who's second best director after Douglas Camfield), and they got Christopher Benjamin in to play a part in the mystery. The story does have several flaws though. Some of the acting is hoaky and this easily could have been a two parter giving time to flesh out some of the background characters who are set up but do nothing (Most notably some of Lady Eddison's staff). It's still enjoyable however and shouldn't be ignored.
Reviewed By: kfb2014 on 8/1/15 1:44 pm
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Back on form in the last outing of series 2, we pickup what happened to Lady Waverly's daughter or is it son. This time however, we also get to understand that the genetic altering escapades of Waverly are much more deep rooted than just his own kith and kin. The whole episode is superbly acted and wonderfully staged, with real ambiance throughout the whole production. I have always been a bit of softy for the sound of a rain storm, and the start of this kicks off in the very atmospheric surroundings of a family funeral, in the green lush English countryside, with the hypnotic sound of the falling rain, as we hear the vicar speak the last words "ashes to ashes" you know the sad yet peaceful silence is going to be broken. Sure enough it is, with, a quite unexpected and imbalanced fight between, the genetically challenged and the British Army. Whoa, what a start to put in place another episodic chapter in the life of Counter Measures team. What is more will we learn what actually happened between, Kinsella and the last moments of Lady Waverly. Or will the team itself, find, out for themselves, that Templeton is not all he is cracked up to be, and, maybe just maybe he is as bad if not worse at playing the long game as Kinsella.

This was a cracking ending to this release, and, I for one, think that the whole cast in this last episode are eloquent and magical in the way that they ply their trade, in telling the final chapter. Let's hope that season 3 / series 3 is as good, and we get to know more about the Counter Measures team, and what the hell their boss is actually up to
Reviewed By: kfb2014 on 8/1/15 12:49 pm
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This brings us to story number three is the four part release, this on reflection to all the other stories the the weakest, compared to the other three stories here, the second box set of Counter Measures. It is not badly acted, or indeed produced, in fact as with all of Big Finish's products this is head and shoulders above the rest, it is just the story feels like it is hung together and has no real drive, it is almost like it was a constructed by a group of writers sat around a table and between them they knocked out a 60 minute story loosely based around a 60's thematic concoction of Avengers, Man in a Suitcase and a dollop of Omega Factor. Right enough of the bad he's the good side of things, the acting is perfection, all of the cast are without question effortless, and the two actors portraying the Russians are brilliant, not making them sound like over the top fake characterised Russians, that you so often get with audio drama and even film. That aside ultimately the let down is the story, telepathic chess champion, or cold war created psychic bomb, also what is Tobias Kinsella up to now, the back story moves on a pace......
Reviewed By: adamelijah on 8/1/15 7:14 am
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This Third Doctor Lost story really takes the James Bond feel of the Pertwee era and takes it to a different level as a sinister force has deployed a mysterious weapon that can kill anyone, and the group even warns of their attentions. It's really quite a nice science fiction thriller. And there are some chilling scenes particularly when the Prime Minister is apparently slain on national television at the end of Episode Three.

While the extras don't tell us anything about the origin of the story, it feels like it belongs in the middle of Season 8 before the Master is captured at the end of the Daemons but after He and the Doctor had a few run-ins.

Katy Manning does her usual wonderful work as Jo Grant, and as the Doctor. Manning's Third Doctor voice doesn't capture Pertwee's much lower voice tone, however she capture the cadences of how Pertwee talked and more importantly she captures the tenderness and warmth of the relationship between the Doctor and Jo. Richard Franklin is solid as Yates and also as the Brigadier.

The first three episodes were perfect, but Episode 4 was a bit of a letdown and where you see the padding that was typical of Third Doctor Six parters. However, the story picks up steam in Episode 5 with plot twists involving the origins of the weapons the Mega are sharing with Prince Cassia and the shocking cliffhanger reveal. Overall, this is probably better than any Season 8 story apart from, "Terror of the Autons." and makes a great listen.
Reviewed By: adamelijah on 7/31/15 6:31 pm
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Dreamland is a Doctor Who take on the 1947 Roswell crash and Area 51. The Doctor lands near a small diner in Nevada and quickly finds himself drawn into an adventure involving Men in Black Androids, armored alien warriors, the U.S. Military, oh and a little bit of alien romance.

One advantage of originally being broadcast in multiple part is that this forty-five minute story is action packed as it originally had to have multiple cliffhangers. There's not a dull moment within the forty-five minutes. It's an action story, with the Doctor providing bits of humor. This makes the story fun, but kind of the TV viewing equivalent of empty calories. The one exception to this is the romance between Saruba and Rivesh.

The computer animation has some strong points. It looks absolutely gorgeous for the many battle and action scenes that make up the story. Faces are another matter, human faces are so-so when it comes to expressiveness and Lord Azlok has to be the happiest looking alien bug invader ever with a smile frozen on his face. Still, action is far more important to this story.

The acting is mostly okay. The Doctor's one-shot "Companion" really don't develop much beyond stereotypes, and neither does Colonel Stark. However, David Tennant is superb as the Doctor and David Warner makes for a wonderful villain. While not an all-time classic, it's still not a bad romp.