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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/13/16 6:22 pm
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An okay freebie including a good performance from Nicholas Briggs as Vilgreth and a solid performance from McCoy. It's a decent story, but the script has problems. Mainly, it's that given the nature of the Seventh Doctor, his unabashed credulity seems out of characters. Also, the end involved a lot of exposition and backstory told through a lengthy newsreel flashback, most of which wasn't really necessary.

Overall, there were some charming moments, and it's certainly is enjoyable as a freebie, but it could have been better with a stronger script.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/6/15 3:28 am
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'Freakshow' was written by Mark Morris and directed by Lisa Bowerman. This audio drama was recorded on 24 April 2009. This was available to readers of Doctor Who Magazine who went to the Big Finish website and entered a code to be found within the magazine. The digital download offer was only available from 3 March to 26 May 2010. Big Finish subsequently reissued the story as part of The Companion Chronicles: The Specials, which was released in August 2011.

Buzzard Creek, Arizona, 1905. Turlough storms out of the Tardis after arguing with his fellow travellers. Turlough is feeling like he doesn't belong, and that the rest of the Tardis crew haven't yet forgiven him for the events of 'Enlightenment'. Eventually stumbling across a small town and working his charm on the locals Turlough discovers a carnival. In this carnival is a freakshow with several alien attractions.

Strickson is a great narrator, but his impressions and accents aren't great. Toby Longworth plays Thaddeus and Berman. Toby Hrycek-Robinson's sounds and what music there is are faint and distant giving it all a dream like atmosphere. Ultimately this is all resolved by a flute battle?
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/5/15 7:38 pm
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'The Mists of Time' was written by Jonathan Morris and directed by Lisa Bowerman. It was initially a digital download exclusively offered to readers of Doctor Who Magazine Issue 411, but was later released as part of The Companion Chronicles: The Specials box set, which was released in August 2011. This audio drama was recorded on 18 and 30 December 2008.

Joe inexplicably finds herself back on the ravaged Zayin Eight, in the far future, with a human called Newton Calder who she had met there on a previous outing, and to who she recalls her previous encounter. The Doctor and Joe had landed on a desolate war torn planet and almost immediately encountered apparitions re-enacting war from the distant past. Soon after they discover a group of archaeologists, who have become stranded, and can't radio for help because the magnetism of the stormy atmosphere of the planet is blocking the distress signal. The Doctor and Joe decide to explore the planet’s surface further, and discover a long forgotten secret of the Time Lords.

David Darlington's soundscape has no real music, but lots of howling wind which sets a haunting atmosphere. The echoes in the caverns sound realistic, as do the weather effects. This is essential late night listening. Titles like 'Beyond the Ultimate Adventure' and 'Nekromanteia' could have both benefited from this kind of approach rather than thick gothic doom laden music, but they would have still been terrible stories.

Katy Manning mostly narrates this with Andrew Whipp playing Newton Calder. Katy really throws herself into this and you have to admire her enthusiasm even though she doesn't sound much like Pertwee she doesn't sound all that much like her younger self either, but she does give an enchanting performance.
This is a well-paced story, although perhaps ever so slightly too long, but is very obvious at times, and lacks the emotive gravitas of the very best of the Companion Chronicles range. Despite that, there is a nice twist at the end and it's a very enjoyable production.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/4/15 4:45 pm
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The Veiled Leopard was a full-cast audio drama written by Iain McLaughlin; Claire Bartlett and was directed by Gary Russell. Initially released on CD as a bonus with DWM 367. Peri and Erimem have to prevent a diamond heist, and in the second half Ace and Hex have to steal the same diamond. Both sets of companions are acting under the order of their respective orders although Peri and Erimem are unaware of the importance of the diamond. I was surprised how dialogue heavy this is. This is enjoyable but rather dull without the Doctor, neither of which feature here.

You can hear it here: https://soundcloud.com/big-finish/doctor-who-the-veiled-leopard

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