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Reviewed By: adamelijah on 10/5/15 6:44 am
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Jago, Litefoot, Ellie, and Leela find themselves trapped in a room hiding from a monster waiting without---a monster called remorse.

Night of 1000 Stars follows on Series 6's encounter with Sigmund Freud with a very deep psychological story that plumbs the background of these very familiar characters' backgrounds and eventually turns them against each other. It's very meaty material and the cast handles it wonderfully. And the effect of being trapped in the room is wonderfully claustrophobic.

Overall, this is a very mesmerizing and well-done hour.
Reviewed By: traves8853 on 10/4/15 4:45 pm
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The Veiled Leopard was a full-cast audio drama written by Iain McLaughlin; Claire Bartlett and was directed by Gary Russell. Initially released on CD as a bonus with DWM 367. Peri and Erimem have to prevent a diamond heist, and in the second half Ace and Hex have to steal the same diamond. Both sets of companions are acting under the order of their respective orders although Peri and Erimem are unaware of the importance of the diamond. I was surprised how dialogue heavy this is. This is enjoyable but rather dull without the Doctor, neither of which feature here.

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Reviewed By: traves8853 on 10/4/15 1:17 pm
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Written by Ian Potter and directed by Lisa Bowerman 'The Revenants' was a free Companion Chronicle audio story released with a code in DWM 448. It is also available with the limited edition of Big Finish's 50th anniversary release: The Light at the End. Set directly after Susan's departure the Tardis crew arrive a few hundred miles and a few hundred years away in the Orkney Islands in 1956. Ian and Barbara leave the Tardis to see it disappearing as soon as they set outside. Believing themselves to have been abandoned by the Doctor they set out to explore their surroundings.

Sublime scintillating sounds and vivid rich imagery. The Companion Chronicles always cast captivating atmosphere that draws you in so utterly and that would be possible without the best musical arrangements that BF can offer. Ian Russell narrates a first Doctor adventure injecting all the warmth and charm of his character. Sharon Small who plays Jeanie/Janet McKay gives an equally powerful performance though doesn't feature as heavily.

The tale is packed full of suspense and mystery much like its sixties TV cousin. Despite a diminutive cast the narrative deals with companionship and loyalty. This is by far the best of the former DWM freebies made to the usual high quality of The Companion Chronicles and offering the same emotive maturity. Oh, and it has mud monsters!
Reviewed By: traves8853 on 10/4/15 9:27 am
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'Cuddlesome' was a 2008 audio drama written by Nigel Fairs and directed by Barnaby Edwards. A remake of an Audio Visuals story of the same title, it was released on an audio CD included with Doctor Who Magazine issue 393. It was re-released as free content on the Big Finish Podcast on 3 August 2011, and was put on Big Finish's Soundcloud in 2012. Briggs provides the voice of a newsreader in the remake.

Angela Wisher is named as a tribute to the late Michael Wisher, who played Ronald Turvey in the original Audio Visuals version of Cuddlesome. He is best known for originating the role of Davros, the creator of the Daleks, in Genesis of the Daleks.

The fifth Doctor lands and immediately gets tangled up in a medical emergency. Cuddlesomes are cute speaking furry toys, from the eighties, that are being brought back as a new model as a spate of mysterious deaths occur. Cute and Evil has been done in 'The Ratings War', but never better than in the Companion Chronicles: 'The Scorchies'. This is a good attempt though.

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Reviewed By: traves8853 on 10/4/15 8:35 am
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Lisa Bowerman as Bernice Summerfeild in a Doctorless adventure set on Tysir IV in the 27th century with Cybermen. Written by Colin Blake and directed by Gary Russell. Only half an hour long this was released free with Doctor Who Magazine Issue 351 with The Coup on the same disc. Nick Briggs plays the Cybermen and Lynton Jellis. The music is minimalist and eerie. The Cyber voices are more deep and booming rather than over modulated. I am not entirely sold on their voices but it's a refreshing change none the less. Bernice is asked to investigate a corporate mining site that may have indigenous life.

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Reviewed By: adamelijah on 10/4/15 8:32 am
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A great lead off story finds Jago and Litefoot on the run and in disguise as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson and sent out on a case by none other than Arthur Conan Doyle himself.

Doyle is in the period after he's killed off Holmes in the Final Problem and encountering constant cries from fans to bring Holmes back. Steven Miller does a great job in the story and Jonathan Morris does a great job playing up Doyle's frustration.

There are some great hints and references to future Doyle stories including, "The Hound of the Baskervilles" and "The Lost World." This is a very delightful, well-acted tale and the strongest opening to a Jago and Litefoot box set since Series 1.
Reviewed By: newt5996 on 10/4/15 8:17 am
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Under the Lake is the third episode from the ninth series of Doctor Who and is written by Toby Whithouse. The story is your average base under siege story set on an underwater base where there are ghosts invading and killing people, turning them into ghosts. Unlike The Magician's Apprentice, Under the Lake takes no time in getting to the plot which is great as it allows a more fleshed out supporting characters. The supporting characters are interesting with a few not being fleshed out enough. Also the ghosts weren't really scary, just a bit intriguing on how they work. Capaldi is great as usual and we get to see a return to the less human Doctor we saw in Series 8. My biggest problem is the cliffhanger as it doesn't have much tension as we don't know what the ghosts are yet and if you need to be dead to be a ghost. All in all a nice set up and I'm looking forward to the conclusion next week.
Reviewed By: traves8853 on 10/4/15 4:43 am
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Big Finish's debut title 'The Sirens of Time' was recorded on 6 and 7 March 1999 at Crosstown Studios before being released in July of that year. Written and directed by Nick Briggs who had originally planned for the son of 'The Warlord' to feature in this audio drama to exact revenge for his father, but had to be taken out as Briggs hadn't realised the idea had already been done in an earlier Doctor Who novel. In his synopsis for The Sirens of Time, Nicholas Briggs gave each episode a title: The Knight of Velyshaa, Ship of Destiny, Death of Wonder and Nexus Point/Curse of the Temperon. The overall title was inspired by the book Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut. A documentary, Talkin 'Bout My Regeneration', was released on CD with DWM 279 to promote the series, discussing the genesis of Big Finish, future aims and with clips and interviews from the recording sessions. In July 2014, it was released as a free download on the Big Finish website. Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy would all later appear together in Zagreus, The Four Doctors and The Light at the End. Paul McGann appeared as the Eighth Doctor in all three while Tom Baker appeared as the Fourth Doctor in The Light at the End. Furthermore, Baker and McCoy appear in Project: Lazarus, The Wormery and Thicker than Water together.

The first episode sees a companionless seventh Doctor arrive on an unnamed planet and rescues a woman named Elenya from some quick sand before coming across a house in the wilderness that is under siege from assassins. The second finds the fifth Doctor on a U-boat under suspicion of being a spy with a woman called Helen. The Doctor is unable to open his Tardis to escape. The Third episode has the sixth Doctor posing as a delegate on a starship trying to rescue a time beast called the Temperon. The fourth episode brings us to the conclusion. The Temperon under the orders of a Time Siren has snatched each of the Doctors from their time lines, and brought them to a subjugated Gallifrey where Lyena has plans for them.

Being Big Finish's earliest effort the sound obviously isn't as sophisticated as most of their efforts. The arrangement is timid and dull with a weak atmosphere. I also think the directing lacks clarity at times, and relies too much on clunky dialogue, over describing and exposition. The highlight of the production is the acting. Sarah Mowatt as the four female characters is brilliant managing to make each distinctly different. You can see why Sarah was given the lead role in the Dalek Empire series. Davison and Baker are both fantastic; Sylvester isn’t quite on the same level but still good.

This feels like a collection of short stories that are unresolved till the final episode this gives it all a disjointed feel, and feel rushed. The first two episodes aren't much more than running around before concluding with a life or death situation. Excluding the final instalment Colin probably has the strongest introduction. There are some awful and abstract ideas throughout this such as responding to the sirens twice means that you become under their unbreakable control, or that each Time Lord has a unique artron energy signature. Then there is the constant time labelling of everything. We have mentions of time beasts, cores, charter, chamber, sirens and more. Nick Briggs apparently joked he would write a sequel called Time of the Sirens – I'm not so sure he was joking myself. The comedy moments in the final episode are few but feel reminiscent of the Three Stooges.

When you think of a multi-Doctor story episode you expect lots of drama and a high quality story. This doesn't live up to that. The first two episodes feel very much like padding, and the final episode is clunky and full of exposition. The directing is lifeless and lacks clarity, the story is boring, it's padded, the music is unexciting and the lack of better characterisation means the characters come off as glib. The acting is ok. Despite all this it's not bad; it's just not very good either. It's bland at best, and was perhaps too ambitious an idea to attempt so early on.