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7.12 - Council of War

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/3/15 9:53 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Recorded on 10 August 2012, 'Council of War' was written by Simon Barnard and Paul Morris, and is a spy thriller pastiche on a local rather than global scale. Posing as a local councillor Sergeant Benton is investigating ghost sightings in Kettering, where he meets Margery Phipps (Played by Sinead Keenan) recently elected member of the Harmony Party with a large part to play.

Obviously Benton could only be played by John Levene who gives a commanding performance, but Sinead is the perfect foil as the flabbergasted but assured Margery. Simon Robinson's music is varied and well-crafted, emulating various styles of the time, creating an authentic atmosphere. The Blatherian voices are deep and rich without being over modulated. Unfortunately Levene's attempts at impersonating Pertwee fall a bit flat.

The casting is inspired. Benton is Fan favourite, but I don't think anybody would have had him down as their first choice for a leading man in a 'Companion Chronicles' audio drama. However it works, and works well. There is genuine chemistry between the two actors and the story is well sculpted.

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Reviewed By: mrpiepantsReview Date: 11/19/13 3:00 pm
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I looked forward to hearing John Levene on audio but was very disappointed
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Reviewed By: SkyTwoReview Date: 11/18/13 8:37 pm
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

I had no idea what to expect from this one, but it was a very pleasant surprise. Levene is great at recapturing UNIT's slightly uncomfortable man of action. The rest of the cast go all in, too-- usually the best approach to a goofy story, which this admittedly is. And though that concerned me when it became apparent what was going on, it didn't take long for me to grow to appreciate it as one of the deftest recreations of the mood and spirit of the 70s-era show I've heard from Big Finish. It has the kid-friendly take on sci-fi staples of that period without being too juvenile for grown-ups to enjoy. It also has some knowing fun with the then-edgy concepts of feminism and post-colonialism so mercilessly shoehorned into countless teleplays of that time. And it's all done on a scale that the actual show could only dream of. Everyone involved pulled off something special here. The whole production feels fun, breezy, and effortless. Yet the writing and performances are self-aware enough to avoid veering into camp. A very welcome entry.
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Reviewed By: jolyonReview Date: 6/15/13 12:52 am
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

After all these years, Big Finish can still pull out actors we've not heard since the TV show and work magic. A really funny script allows Benton the chance to play a third rate James Bond. Splitting the work with Sinead Keenan was inspired, as her performance is the highlight. The third Doctor is not missed as Benton holds his own and the laughs keep coming. Great script.
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