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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 3/9/17 1:18 am
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I have never read the novel, but had no trouble following this long and complex adventure.

It is very much a Fifth Doctor story with Seven in the background, but his manipulations make it as much about him.

The fun in the story comes from the different companions crossing paths with only the listener knowing what they have in common.

The quality of the story is shown not just in the complexity of the plot but also the subtle cleverness and accuracy in the writing of the characters. While Tegan and Bruce are a lot of fun with how outrageous they get, the scenes with Nyssa and Bruce are very well written and portray Nyssa as a young naïve traveller just as she was at the time. There is just a hint of regret in Seven's voice when he meets Adric, but that tells a lot. Moments like this echo across the story along with revelations about Gallifrey's past.

I will need to listen again to appreciate it all, but they will not be a chore.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 2/28/17 1:38 am
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All the way through, this feels like a cross-over, though a well executed one.
I actually put this one on without looking at the cover or the credits and I accidently entered it spoiler free so that the opening music and characters got my attention. This was the Sherlock Holmes music and this was Richard Earl speaking...
There is a very slow build up before the Doctor enters as a character and the story feels to flow very well despite its origin as a novel (one I have never read)

The plot itself is nothing special, but it serves as great scenery for a meeting between Holmes, Benny and the Doctor. Simply put it is Inter-dimensional aliens wrapped up in Holmes legacy with Seven playing the mastermind.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/17/17 7:31 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This adaptation of the novel adds up to a six part Doctor Who story, but with two doctors and five different companions running around and a massive epic plot involving a battle of survival between two universes, the story is definitely not padded.

The story has a great sense mystery. Wisely, the play focuses on the Fifth Doctor who has arrived after the Seventh Doctor and is trying to figure out what's going on, including what role his future self was playing in all this. (Although, he doesn't know it's his future self at the time.) Peter Davison is wonderful in this, managing to combine earnestness with a righteous fury at injustice that I really wish we'd seen more of on television. Sylvester McCoy is good as the man in the Shadow who really only begins to move slowly on to the stage in the second half and doesn't meet his past self until the last story.

Tegan has a very solid story and gets to show her anger at Chris for his "racist" attempt to impersonate an Australian with her last name. Roz and Adric also play off each other beautifully.

The plot is epic and we really only learn the full scope of what's going on in the final episode. My only big regret is that they didn't explore some aspects of the plot more fully. Still, this is a very impressive production and this has become the novel adaptation I'd recommend most.
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Reviewed By: joehurl89Review Date: 11/25/16 5:09 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This was a great book, a book that you had to pay attention to, and the adaption is the same, if you lose interest, then you are lost.

There are a lot, and I mean a lot, of things going on. And in a novel, that's fine, but in an audio, maybe not so much. It's hard to follow who's talking, when it was cut and switched, because many of the voices had similar sounds.

Sarah Ovens was great as the cell, but the star of the show was by far, Daniel Brocklerbank playing Sheldukher, his acting was fan-dam-tastic. And though, McCoy was alright, and had a few great one liners, he has done better work, I give it a 10 just for the two mentioned, and the fact that Lisa Bowerman, was right on time with some of her one liners.

Replay is an 8, it's fairly enjoyable enough to listen to many times, this is probably an advantage, just to try to capture everything going on.

Special effects, was ok, except for The Chelonians, it was very very very hard to understand much of what was said when the top Chelonian was talking, way to much base in that sound.

The plot was hard to follow, and was cut down a lot from the novel, believe it or not, and it lost a huge player in the cutting down of the novel to an audio, but you can read the book yourself if you want to find out who.

Overall, a 7 is the best I can give it, I hoped for more, cause I love the novel, but just a few to many holes in the adaption to give it any more than that. Worth the money, but on the cusp of not being worth it.

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