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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 5/4/17 4:32 pm
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In a museum on a distant planet, an old soldier is reminiscing about a long ended war and his times in battle. All of the choices he made, all of the hard sacrifices, all of the dark enemies he fought.....all reduced to mere curiosities in front of his eyes. In enters another man who is about to make one of the hardest decisions of his life. He desperately needs answers. But how will these two men interact and what kind of a decision will occur? This is one of those stories that is really hard to review because giving anything away on it would spoil your enjoyment of it. Needless to say however, it's supposed to occurs somewhere near the end of the Eighth Doctor's life and was written at time when we didn't know much about the Time War (specifically before the existence of the War Doctor and 'The Day of the Doctor'). Now in 2017, we know quite a lot and I don't think this story quite fits with established canon anymore at least not in the way that it's supposed to. I'm also not familiar with and don't know much about the old soldier that Eight interacts with in this story but obviously there's a long history there and I'm told he comes from the 'Dalek Empire' stories that Big Finish put out a few years ago. I wouldn't say that it's necessary to know that though and it certainly doesn't impact the weight and power of this 45 minute prologue to a main event later to come in the Eighth Doctor's timeline. Needless to say, this is a powerful and fantastic story for Eight. It provides a dark spotlight on a question that the Doctor has been struggling with since some of his earliest incarnations from a very different perspective and the events and conclusion that comes out of the minutes we spend in this museum is dark, heartbreaking, and very moving. Nicholas Briggs is a brilliant narrator as always especially when he's in his element as a surprise menace but his voicing of the two soldiers is a little bit tricky to figure out sometimes and he can't capture Eight's voice and mannerisms quite as well as he does some of the other Doctors. It's amazing how much some of the Short Trips are in capturing interesting and compelling concepts even more so than some of the normal length stories and this is one is absolutely no exception. No matter how well it fits into canon or not, this is still one of Eight's best stories that echoes into both the Classic and the New.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 5/4/17 4:31 pm
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In her bedroom on board the TARDIS, Nyssa of Traken is having strange dreams of her long destroyed home and an unknown archway that seemingly never existed. Following her visions through the ship, she finds a mysterious staircase, a door marked 'Keep Out', and a locked room full of secrets. Thus begins a mysterious fever dream of a story full of gorgeous landscapes, surprising links to the timeline of multiple parties, and a beautiful examination of the character of one of my favorite Doctor Who companions / my favorite Fifth Doctor companion. It's going to be really hard to make sense of this story if you are purely a New Who fan and not at all familiar with the Classic Series. But for those of you who are, this is an amazing little tale that will have you questioning yourself as well as everything you are listening to. Sarah Sutton as the narrator really outdoes herself in all of the voices she is able to convey and in her story telling aplomb but she does go a little fast with her narration to the point where you really have to stay focused on listening for fear of missing something. The plot itself is also a little bit vague and I do wish Fairs' script had a little bit more of a concrete structure or details as to what is actually going on. This is an audio where what we learn about the backstory is far more interesting than the actual plot especially in regards to what the Toy of the title actually is and the ending of this one ties up everything in that regard a little too neatly too fast. But for what it's worth, I still really loved this trip and the ties it has to both New and Classic Who make this one a worthy half an hour listen especially being as big of a fan of the character as I am. If you can't stand Nyssa or the Fifth Doctor era, then your enjoyment of this one is really going to be hampered and I would probably say stay away. For everyone else, this is another $2.99 venture that I would immediately find and check out.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 3/29/17 4:29 pm
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One of Four's best. Tense atmosphere, great story, and one of the most harrowing endings you will ever hear in a Doctor Who story. It's a grim one and not at all fun but still one of the best.
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Reviewed By: JacobzReview Date: 3/24/17 1:42 am
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Possibly the funniest work Big Finish has ever released. Clever, brilliantly written, and fun. Any Doctor Who fan should jump on this story.

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