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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 2/21/16 6:44 pm
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Now going by the premise of Whispers of Terror, the story sounds like it was meant for an audio drama. It involves the Doctor and Peri arriving at the Museum of Aural Antiquities which is devoted to cataloguing anything in the sound medium where there is this creature made entirely out of sound killing people. There is also political unrest as a popular candidate for Prime Minister who had just died and his running mate Pernell played wonderfully by Lisa Bowerman is trying to take over as like any politician she wants power because she can do it better. Yet the story is written by Justin Richards who is famous for writing traditional Doctor Who stories which can be a good thing but it hurts this story. Whispers of Terror could have been a really experimental story yet only uses the audio medium once or twice to have some twist moments. So yeah the story is one of the weakest elements and it is a real shame as the story could have, no should have really dragged me in and given me social commentary on the nature of politics and how our society views fame and fortune. With that said the audio as a whole does have enough in it to keep it interesting.





First the sound design and music was done by Nicholas Briggs which is masterfully done especially considering it is still the third Doctor Who audio drama. There is a lot of pulsing in the design and some of the music intentionally cuts out just so you can get atmospheric moments in the story. This is helped by the direction done by novelist Gary Russell who does some great work here as he knows where to put in the music to make the story pop and the mixing on the sound is perfect as well.





Second the acting is top notch. Of course this is Colin Baker’s first full audio drama and he was the best part of The Sirens of Time and he is the best part of Whispers of Terror. Baker is just as bombastic as ever in his dialogue delivery and of course he is with Nicola Bryant’s Peri which is where I have any gripes with the performance. This is because in Part One and Part Four he is really antagonistic with her which is even worse than what we got in Season 22. Also Justin Richards doesn’t really do much with Peri and Nicola Bryant’s performance is definitely down to Gary Russell’s direction and Bryant being a good actress. The supporting cast is oddly where the story shines the brightest. You have of course the amazing Lisa Bowerman in a role as political candidate Beth Pernell who is genuinely distinct from her other Big Finish roles. Peter Miles is back in the Doctor Who universe who you may remember from Doctor Who and the Silurians, Invasion of the Dinosaurs, and Genesis of the Daleks. His voice is very distinctive from any of the other voices in the story. Nick Scovell has a minor part in the story and he is great and the sound creature is voiced by Matthew Brehner who is great as the creature takes the form of a politician. Brehner has a very charismatic voice yet sounds almost introverted which is a paradox.
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Reviewed By: PolarityReversalReview Date: 1/15/16 7:35 pm
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What can I say, out of all the classic doctors who are featured in the aduio line, good ol' Sixie is seriously amazing. Colin Baker was robbed of the opportunity to shine with bad writing on the television series, but now he has writers actually writing for him and its excellent!
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/30/15 9:44 pm
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Superficially, Whispers of Terror is a pretty straightforward story of the Doctor battling a sound creature, a very obvious idea for an audio drama. However, not only is this done convicingly enough, but Whispers of Terror manages to combine elements of horror, mystery, a ghost story, and political intrigue into a very satisfying mix.

This first outing for the Sixth Doctor and Peri for Big Finish has got a very 1980s feel to it during the opening and closing segments with the Doctor and his Companion bickering like in Season 22. However, both turn in a good performance and Peri is given some good material to work with. The guest acting was a bit mixed, though mostly strong with Lisa Bowerman having a good turn as the villain. Overall, a very strong start for ol Sixie.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/15/15 12:36 pm
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Well I thought I would give it another try recently and it was a little better than I remember it, bit slow to get going though. So there is a creature made of sound that is exacting revenge on certain people, against a background of politically intrigue. It's amazing how much music can make or break an audio, and the music on this is the eerie equivalent of pan pipes. It's very bland, so this rather dull story is wrapped up in banal atmosphere. It's ironic that a story which revolves around sound has such poor music. The sound effects themselves are good though.

Also Steffan Boje who plays 'Stengard' is particularly unconvincing, but at the same time it's great to hear Peter Miles back and having him as a blind character to who sound is so important is a great idea. I just wish he had a stronger story to be in. Both Nicola and Colin are give consummate performances, which is probably a bit more than the distinctly average script deserves. With Colin's brasher Doctor and the style of the music this feel very 80's

One scene I particularly liked was where they were torturing the creature after having captured it as a sound recording by deleting bits of it or adding sound effects. Also having moments where the creature is impersonating people and you are not quite sure whether it was the person you thought it was or not was rather good.
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