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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 4/5/16 12:40 pm
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A complex and yet quite cleverly written tale, our 4 intrepid visitors are making ready to leave the planet Fragrance, a planet of blue suns, emerald seas and red trees. The inhabitants of the planet have a rather bizarre measure of their life and the stages of it. For it a person finds love and loses it then they must die. Added to this the Doctor is overly open about sharing the secrets of the Tardis with two local people who have assisted the Doctor in helping him with a faulty co-ordinator part for the Tardis. Ian is worried however that the Doctor is sharing to much with them. Ian however insults the two inhabitants, and this slight makes them insist that they all stop on the planet on Fragrance, for the two locals feel that if they die due to the part not working then it will be a bad thing. Fragrance seems a little too good to be true, and that in itself starts to raise your suspensions. Barbara if she does not tell Rhythm that she does not love him, must die, and she is essentially sending him to his death. This is all getting little like a twisted fairy tale.

The story in a sort of anti climax manner does not end well for Rhythm and that is somewhat a better ending, than it ending happily ever after. It made for a much definitive end, and it sets it apart as being a much more grown up ending than is normally expected from a Who adventure. I liked this for the fact that it appealed to my - smiling is not always a good thing, and a drop of sadness makes life much more balanced.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 4/5/16 11:38 am
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In keeping with the feel of the 1st Doctor main output, the first Farewell Great Macedon, is a historical drama, where, we follow the travellers in time and space to the very last days of Alexander the Great. They land in Babylon, and whilst they are exploring, we get to hear of a plot to kill the King and his four closet aids and assistants. The group of disenchanted Greeks who yearn to be back in their own country to once again feel the soil of their birth between their toes, is their driving need to plot this dastardly deed. We get a political intrigue, we also hear that they will exploit their current positions of power to over throw the King from his throne. They decide to kill their parry by working up to the King. Susan, Ian, Barbara and the Doctor make their way to the gates of the fabled land. In the distant we hear that they see the King, Barbara is overwhelmed with the fact that she is actually in a part of history that for the most part she has only read about in books in her previous life as a teacher. Barbara tells them that the land of Babylon is a land of love and peace, law and order, but the Doctor gets bored and soon his attention is drawn to a rather strange smell, a smell of petrol, which is per-mutating from mud, that a Greek prophet is rubbing into a sacrificial lamb. The Doctor intervenes of how best to cook lamb, but whilst they attempt to create the first BBQ, a spear stops the party, it is thrown from a group of obviously important individuals. One of them tells the Doctor that this is not a practice for cooking the lamb, but is in fact a method of prophecy, he prophecies that "Harken to my words oh King... the King must not linger, a four headed tragedy will befall the King". Quite a useful prophecy that could mask the attempted treason planned, that now can be laid at the feet of the four mysterious strangers to take the fall, and the Doctor, Barbra, Ian and Susan can take the fall for the imminent death of the King and his closest allies. Barbara is more in awe however of the fact that she is in the presence of Alexander the Great.

This is a majestically huge, cleverly written Who adventure, it is also massively expansive and has the ingredients of many aspects of a Who written in this decade let alone one written in the end of the 1960's. The drama plays out as many did for the first Doctor against a historical back drop. We get to experience the time that was ancient history with a twist of the voyeurism of it being the Doctor, Ian, Susan and Barbara. Of course this a rather dramatised element at play here and of course is not quite historically correct in context, however, it offers a wonderful texture. It is a detailed story of struggle, and the spirit of human kind. I especially like the refusal of assistance and the desire of someone as great as Alexandria the leader of one of the most influencial societies we have ever known wanting not to take advantage of his new friends and their ability to save his life, over the desire and his need to not appear different to anyone else. This is a very clever way of avoiding that not altering time. It is a big story told over 4 hours and is probably one of the more intrique first Doctor adventures to boot, and one of the most detailed lost stories yet in this range. One criticism of the whole proceeding is that it is a heavy going play, that requires a complete fully attentive listen due to the characters and sub plots in play. For that one reason it looses one mark.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 3/20/16 5:45 am
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Dark Planet, is a lost story, “Hayles’ storyline was rejected on February 26th, 1965 because story editor Dennis Spooner feared that it hewed too closely to Malcolm Hulke's unused serial “The Hidden Planet”. In September 2013, Big Finish Productions released an audio adaptation of “The Dark Planet” by Matt Fitton” as per the first Doctor’s handbook. So what have Big Finish done, or moreover what as Fitton done, with, this not so much lost gem as unwanted one. Well quite frankly it is a masterpiece, of audio drama and audio engineering, and Big Finish once again demonstrate why they are so good at doing what they do. This has a cast of 4 all in, and through the superb use of sound, music, and effects, you get the feeling that this is a drama with a cast far bigger. It has the feel of being much more expansive, with the use of the re-working by Fitton and clever story plots, it feels very much a first Doctor story but also it feels fresh, which when we consider that this was written 40 odd year or more ago now, is tantamount to Hayles original working of the concepts for a Who series. The story like most first Doctor ones fall mainly in two categories, historical or Alien creature, but the main theme through out all of them is a desire to want understanding, tolerance and the ability of trying to attain a utopia of common ground. This even within the title is pretty much a give away as the story starts, we are greeted with Ian showing Vicki the wonders of developing photographs (it really is starting to give it’s age away) cut to Vicki stating what is wrong with using computers, and it starts to put the whole thing into perspective of this being written when it was, it is good the Fitton respects the era well here I feel. The lesson in photography is the tell in this story. We have a planet, who have two aboriginal races, except they are etherial and not of human form, they are the most basic of elements, one is a race that have transcended to being that of light, the other, have taken the form of the dark and shadows, and there in lies the rub. Both races are facing destruction, and end of days, as their sun is dying. However both have been developing ways to re-ignite or continue, but at the cost to themselves and each other. Step in stage left the Doctor, who, is their if nothing to enable both waring fractions to work together, for the better of the planet, with, their own selfish and destructive wants. Phew, what a story, what a moral and what a stunning release. Amazing, loved it. Well worth checking out if you are into Who or if you are simply after a quality 1st Doctor story, that in truth should have made it to the screen, thank god it didn’t and thank god Big Finish were able all these years later to add their magic to it and make this something really special.
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Reviewed By: doctorwhomoffReview Date: 1/30/16 5:39 am
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The Mega is an excellent piece of quintessential Pertwee goodness with fantastic narration from Katy Manning and Richard Franklin, excellent monsters balanced with an almost James bond plot that makes for an exciting adventure that feels true to the era of the time.

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