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Reviewed By: GibbyBloggerReview Date: 4/15/16 12:09 pm
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I'm going to be honest, it was a little confusing at first (maths hurts my brain...), but once you get past all that, it's a really enjoyable story with interesting developments the whole way through.

Together with 'Psychodrome', this short-lived TARDIS team is given a new lease of life, recapturing the essence of the early-80s and even making some of the less likeable characters... actually very likeable.
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Reviewed By: GibbyBloggerReview Date: 4/15/16 12:02 pm
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Another Morris masterpiece with excellent performances all round by the cast!

Never been the biggest fan of Adric, but together with 'Iterations of I'... he's actually growing on me. If we had more stories like these during the Fifth Doctor's early years, I might not have cheered as much at the end of 'Earthshock'.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/2/15 7:14 am
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In a world of prolonged night where time paces at a snail's pace a train speeds along the tracks to Kettering junction. On board is a local WREN by the name of Ms Constance and Timothy Hope legal Clark. The train grinds to a halt. A party goes to explore the local surroundings engulfed in fog. After a while when nobody returns Timothy and Constance go out together to find their fellow passengers. Soon the pair gets lost, until the stumble on a brightly coloured stranger. They soon stumble on the same train abandoned and in an advanced state of neglect with blood trails days old. The party decides to journey till they come across Keith Potter the Train Spotter, who joins their group and advises them that Kettering station had twelve platforms yesterday but has seventeen today. The party moves on once more and finds the same train in its original state with the passengers, but one has been murdered by a lunatic killer and the driver has disappeared!

This feels like Colin's time to shine. His Doctor is authoritative without being arsey, and can take a backseat without being dull. It feels like the writers are pulling out all the stops with not one villain reveal but two, and the orchestral score underpinning this is perfectly moulded to the contours of the narrative. The sound effect that signifies that somebody has been taken over is sudden and has real impact, not being lifted from the classic series it’s sudden and surprising. This tense thriller had me on the edge of my seat. All the cast really pull their weight in this, although Constance is still a bit of a mystery and wasn't heavily involved so the jury is still out there.

The one downside that I could find was that after the villain reveal the moustache twirling adversary lays out all his plans in quite an exposition heavy manner similar to a James Bond villain, and his downfall comes from henchman betrayal so the ending whilst being new and still exciting had an air of familiarity to it. However that wasn't quite the end….
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/25/15 5:33 am
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The Sixth Doctor faces his final minutes as the Valeyard replaces him on the TARDIS and the Doctor disappears into the Matrix with only minutes left to find out what has happened and thwart the Valeyard's plan.

In some ways, the story is reminiscent of Logopolis, with a vague bit of pseudo science and time travel at the core of the Valeyard's plans. However, the Brink of Death is far richer tale as it's draped in mystery and suspense. It also maintained a solid emotional core. While Mel is barely in the story, the Doctor forms a strong link with the young time lady Bella who helps in the Matrix. Though she faces an uncertain fate, the way the Doctor connected with her really is a powerful part of this story.

In addition, we're treated to a revelation of how the Valeyard was created and it's a different origin than the Valeyard gave in, "Trial of the Valeyard" but I never really bought that story and what we're presented here is far more plausible. The Doctor has some choice words on the Valeyard as the story plays out.

As for the final scene, it was moving and evocative. It brings a nice balance to the Sixth Doctor's era. In "The Twin Dilemma," the Sixth Doctor began as the most arrogant and egotistical of Doctors, and then has matured throughout the TV era and Big Finish so that in the end, he sacrifices himself in an act of quiet heroism that saves the Time Lords and which not even he remembers.

While there are a few slow moments in the middle, the mystery and the solid ending make this a fine final story. Overall, the Last Adventure may be one of the best box sets Big Finish has ever done. The box set format provides a remarkable scale to the adventure while still tell four entertaining and quite ripping stories.

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