As long as you're not expecting a lot of Doctor-interaction from this story, you won't be disappointed. Unfortunately the brief running time renders some of the story sketchy and in particular the main character's arc lacks the emotional involvement it should have. Another negative is the climax devolves into convoluted techno-babble which isn't terribly satisfying. On the plus side, the various Doctors are on top form and it's mostly lots of fun.
An excellent pure historical filled with political intrigue, danger and suspense. The performances are excellent across the board and if you happen to know your Chaucer, there's plenty of fun references to pick up. Highly recommended.
The 5th Doctor is pushed back into his past with a meeting with Tegan. This is one where it would definitely be a plus to have listened to a previous adventure with Colin playing the Doctor in The Reaping in order to get the timeline and the story presented here with the 5th Doctor in sync. Peter is getting into his stride as the Doctor, he actually sounds like he is stretching his legs and making the part more his own than ever it where on T.V. He comes over commanding and owning the part, the direction of him as an actor seems to be loose and allows, the meeting of the Doctor with his old companion is a mixed mass of emotions, Tegan, now settled in her native Australia, in a relationship with a man who can love her back for whom she is, and running a successful company. However she his hiding a secret, from everyone. At her birthday party she reveals the secret to the Doctor, and the story starts to unravel, this is where the reference to the previous adventure is required.
There are some nice performances here, especially from Janet Fielding as Tegan, and also I personally liked Dait Abuchi as Tegan long suffering boyfriend as well, I think he played it perfectly. I like the way that this story, sort of ends the story arc and put to rest what happens after the end of The Reaping. First rate and a nice way to conclude.
Wow both this and The Widows Assassin are a massive return to form for Colin's 6th Doctor!
This is hugely enjoyable and no previous stories are specifically needed to enjoy this. In fact my Dad (age 68) listened to this yesterday, it was his first ever Big Finish Audio Drama and it seemed to work wonders as he has now asked me to add some more plays to his Kindle this weekend!
Here's hoping next months "Rani Elite" can make it a hat trick :)
Virtually a 'New Adventures' pastiche although if you've never read any of them, it's still perfectly enjoyable on its own terms. The Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice make a fun team and the story is filled with witty dialogue and interesting ideas. Unfortunately the contrast between flippant humour and darker, disturbing material can lead to an uneven tone but the latter does give the story a nicely substantial (if occasionally overstated) thematic heft.
There is something fun about coming to The Crimes of Thomas Brewster with the benefit of hindsight. The story is packed with companions. This is Evelyn's first trilogy. This is the Doctor meeting Menzies out of sequence. This is our first encounter with Philippa. This is the return of fifth Doctor companion Thomas Brewster. And just when you think it can't get any busier, David Troughton pops up. The listener is awash with familiar voices.
The story is as much fun as the cast, with plenty of mistaken identity and wondering who knows what about whom. The villains are deliciously sensible, the plan has dastardly consequences for humanity and goodness, the last episode may have you gasping a couple of times before the closing theme comes in.
The sixth Doctor now has lots of friends, is at home in contemporary London and shows what he can be like given storylines that offer some wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey. Worth coming back to again.
This was the first Big Finish Sixth Doctor Audio that I listened to and I immediately fell in love all over again with Six and the return of Romana. I also fell in love with Evelyn Smythe and looked forward to listen to more with her as a companion. It is a real shame that Maggie Stables recently passed away. R.I.P.