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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/23/16 11:30 pm
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...Ish is a story it took me a while to get into. It plumbs deep philosophical depths. There's a theme of anarchism v. order that works its way through the tale. Do dictionaries and other rules that establish boundaries give our lives definition or do they serve as a straight jacket that limit freedom of expression. At times, ...Ish is also a love song to the English language. No other Doctor could pull this story off in the same way that Baker does.

While the plot may be a bit more cerebral than typical Doctor Who, there's some good humorous moments throughout. The Sixth Doctor and Peri seem to have hit their stride over audio in terms of how the characters relate. Overall, this is a great example of the experimental approach taken by early Big Finish. While this approach could be hit and miss, this one was definitely a hit.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/23/16 8:17 am
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The Harvest is a rich story that manages to introduce a new companion in Hex, show Ace growing fully into being "McShane." In addition to this, the Cyberman plot in this episode is intriguing as big Finish puts the sort of thought into the Cybermen and their motivation that New Who would do well to emulate.

Hex makes an immediate impact, showing curiosity but also a sense of caution and wonder, which is a nice change with the Doctor and Ace both being such veteran adventurers at this point. The story also throws in some solid plot twists in the final two parts that keep the story moving at a good pace.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/17/16 2:07 am
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The Doctor and Nyssa arrive on Mondas as select workers are being sent for processing to work on the planet’s surface. This is a very grim tale of a society that is in its final death throes and has sold its soul to survive. It captures the horror of Cyberconversion as well as revealing the Doctor’s role in the origin of the Cybermen. This story is made personal through the family Nyssa meets, where the son dreams of being called up for service little knowing what that means. It also forces the Doctor’s mind back to the fate of Adric.

Overall, it’s a very well done piece with some great character moments.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/9/16 10:00 am
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Comedy is hard, even more so in Science Fiction. The One Doctor does an amazing job finding the right balance and telling a story that's funny but not stupid or untrue the characters.

The Sixth Doctor and Mel find themselves in the vulgar period of time where all the secrets of the Universe are known including that of the existence of the Doctor. It's so well know that a con man and his girlfriend have set up a racket impersonating the Doctor and his companion in hopes of collecting money from grateful citizens. The two impostors succeed in thwarting the Sixth Doctor's attempt to expose them. However, when an alien cylinder issues an ultimatum requiring the Doctor's action, only the real Doctor can do it.

Colin Baker and Bonnie Langsford are both superb. Gareth Roberts' writing is effortlessly funny, so he doesn't have to have them act out of character for cheap laughs. The result is a story that showcases hol the Sixth Doctor and Mel can work together. Christopher Biggins is a great foil for Colin Baker as the fake Doctor Banto Zane, and the best scenes in the story are when they got at one another.

Overall, this is a delightful story full of clever dialogue, fun characters, and a few well-done audio gags. The only comedy better than this in Doctor Who is City of Death.

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