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4.4 - The Mega

"This is a warning. Your aggression cannot go unchecked. The West must disarm. We will make you disarm."

When an assassination follows the first demonstration of a deadly new weapon, it appears that an alien race has fired the opening salvo in a new war – a war… for peace.

But is that truly their intent? The Doctor is unsure. The answer lies deep in the heart of a d... (more)

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Review By adamelijah 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.
Review By adamelijah 7/13/15 5:35 am
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This story was originally written for the Sixth Doctor and Mel Bush during the, "Trial of the Time Lord" and was adapted by Andy Lane who stripped away the trial sequence, and rewrote the story for Peri, and tweaked both beginning and end.

The result? A solid story. I liked, "Terror of the Vervoids" and this is about as good, but the mystery plot is a bit more focused with a better payoff. The concept of the Cherubs and the aliens behind is very interesting and well-written

The story features Alex Macqueen in his Big Finish debut as Gabriel, the public face of Paradise 5. He is superb as the villain and it's no wonder he'd be called back to take on the role of the Master.

Paradise 5 also takes the opportunity to explore Peri's character a little and allows her to take a very active role.

Colin Baker is superb as the Doctor as usual, even having great scenes when it's just him or just him and the Cherub in the cargo hold sneaking into Paradise 5.
Review By adamelijah 7/1/15 5:57 am
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"Lords of the Red Planet" is often considered as, "Genesis of the Ice Warriors," with the unfurling of their earliest origins. However, I think it's more than just an origin story. It's a well-told and sweeping epic that would easily fit into the league of the best Second Doctor stories that were produced for television.

The characters are well-drawn: Quendril, the scientist who tried to use his own daughters to save his people and created a vain but beautiful daughter and another who became a vindictive dictator who hated her own people. The characters are some of the most compelling you'll find in Doctor Who. Nick Briggs does a great job playing the earliest Ice Warriors, but also providing some real depth to his performance as the first Ice Lord Aslor and Quendril's assistant Risor.

The story manages to combine some great sci fi elements such as "The Life Drink" along with powerful emotional narratives, and thought provoking questions of the dangers of science gone too far and without ethical bounds. This story would have been hard to actually do any justice to on the small screen, but in the capable hands of Big Finish, it is an epic audio blockbuster.
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