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189. Revenge of the Swarm

The Doctor thought he had defeated the microscopic Nucleus of the Swarm in his fourth incarnation. He was wrong. It survived within the TARDIS, and now it has brought it back to Titan Base, back to the point of its own creation. It has a plan that spans centuries, a plan which will result in the Nucleus becoming more powerful – and larger – than ever before.

To defeat it, the Doct... (more)

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Review By kfb2014 8/29/14 5:37 am
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The Tardis is drawn to the Axis, this is where all the timelines that the timelords mess up are kept. The Dr tells his companions Peri and Erimem to stay put in the TARDIS whilst he goes off to see the Overseer, the main person in charge of the Axis. However on his way to the Overseer he meets what he thinks is a court jester who leads him to what he belives to be the overseer. Meanwhile Peri and Erimem save man call Tog from a fire breathing dragon. Peri and Tog then set off in search of the Dr, leaving Erimem in the TARDIS. The Dr finally getting to the Overseer arrives there too late, only to witness his death, and realising that Jester is not all he seems. The Doctor then realises that he has escaped the twisted timelines of the Axis, Tog tells the Dr that he has bought here by a rip in the space-time, and that the Jester is after the TARDIS for himself.

The story rolls along nicely, this was bread and butter Dr Who, and was very much in the seam of the TV style DR sotries that we saw Peter play for the BBC. The acting was good, and you get sucked into the story failry quickly which is the truth of a good dramatist or author. I did enjoy this and if you are a fan of Gallifrey then there is a story tie in within Series 4 against this story.

Good solid Big Finish release
Review By kfb2014 8/29/14 1:14 am
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McGann and Fisher once again show us something that could equally be a stage or filmed performance, this could be transplanted as a stand alone peace of drama, it would not necessarily be a Dr Who. That said the bizarre almost non reality that this is simply put odd. This is the sort of drama you would listen to and re-listen to, to make sure that you are hearing what you are actually hearing. As a audio drama it is grotesque in it's absence of reality, themes based around the underlying emotional states of the Dr and Charlie, and the exploration of morality, love, death and desire. This is not as I see it a Science Fiction drama, as peace of audio art. You need to listen to this to make your own mind up
Review By kfb2014 8/27/14 1:27 am
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Colin Baker takes on the Silurians along with Evelyn Smythe and Charles Darwin. What a cracking adventure that this turns out to be. The soundscape on this is simply stunning, the feel of the sea and locations within the audio drama are stunning. I especially like the 70's and early 80's style intercom between the Captain and the Silurians it took me straight back to the Pertwee adventure and the later ones with Baker. In fact there is preservation of the old school sound quality throughout, which just makes this even more endearing.

The tiny village of Baquerizo Moreno is the setting for the adventure in which mysterious goings on have been occurring, with a fisherman going mad and a people disappearing.

This is right old good fun, for me the acting as always is simply superb, but this above anything else excels with it's soundscape which is simply stunning, and makes the entire drama go up a notch. Well done to the sound design team at Big Finish on this one Alistair Lock who put this together.

First rate, I like this more traditional storyline, again one of those that you could have seen the BBC doing in the day. Except Big Finish have done it, and actually done it better.
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