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Reviewed By: KamelionReview Date: 5/23/19 11:21 pm
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Old Flames
Huntington Manor, England, 1764

Nicholas Courtney famously known as the actor whom portrayed Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart did an outstanding job of dramatizing this BBC Short Trip (not to be confused with Big Finish Short Trips) just three years before he died. It is the only audio I have ever heard him read and I was shocked to start listening and realize whom was reading. I had recently listened to the Big Finish Monthly Series #245 Muse of Fire also written by Paul Magrs and was so impressed that I sought out to find Paul's early works and in particular the very first time that his character Iris Wyldthyme would appear in fictional work. This is it right here, the debut of Iris Wyldthyme - complete with her TARDIS which looks like a double-decker bus.

The 4th Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith arrive in Huntington Manor, England in 1764 and after the Doctor almost drowns yet is saved by a local, Rector Adams, he and Sarah are accidentally invited to a party where they know no one. Lady Huntingdon's ball is an annual event in which she tries to find a husband for her granddaughter Bella. They will then inheret her estate.

At the ball #4 meets Iris while Sarah meets a man named Turner, as associate of Iris. Turner seems to hit it off well with Bella after the Doctor raised Bella's attention and then quickly left when realizing so. The Doctor ends up taking a druken Iris back to her bus and in her intoxicated state Iris tell the Doctor that the reason they have arrived in their TARDIS is for Turner to marry Bella in order to inherit the estate of Lady Huntingdon.

The double-decker bus is then attacked by what appears to be a large cat like creature and the Doctor recalls seeing huge paw prints of a cat down by the river where he almost drowned in the beginning of this story. They scare it away with flames.

This story has a surprise ending which seems to be characteristic of Paul Magrs. It kept my attention throughout and I was very surprised to find such a top notch quality story on a dusty old BBC CD from 2008 which I had never listened to before. I call this a hidden gem.
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Time Reaver
Released May 2016

Calibris, May 31st 2008

This is my 3rd Jenny T. Colgan audio story this week, preceded by the newest Big Finish release No Place which is getting rave reviews, then Rose and the Snow Window as part of the The Day She Saved The Doctor Box Set. I really like her writing style and her ability to portray Doctors #9 and #10. Here in Time Reaver it's #10 and Donna again, from the 2nd of 4 stories in the very first Big Finish Doctor & Donna stories released in May 2016. Listeners were quick to learn that the on screen magic of The Doctor & Donna works well on audio and that David Tennant as the 10th Doctor and the right script simply rocks audio drama to the extreme. Add Murray Gold scores and you have instant and pure authentic Who.

On this space port hub of Calibris which Donna calls a planet sized King's Cross you can buy anything. Even parts for a type 40 TARDIS which the Doctor is in search of. While the TARDIS is being repaired he seeks out his old friend Amette Sourin while he and Donna wear psychic earplugs due to all of the noise of rockets launching, bands of aliens yelling, ships flying low. And people screaming.

Why are people screaming? Gully has stolen a weapon called a Time Reaver, aka Life Sucker or The Endurer. And he seems to be using it for fun. What is does is stop time for people whom are shot with this gun (which has been banned in every civilization evolved enough to invent it). So if someone is shot while laughing they will laugh for months or years. If they are screaming and in fear, yep same thing. Months or years and some of the time to their death. It's a horrible thing.

It is revealed that the planet of Calibris is facing the end of it's days. The sun is going supernova any day now and the society can not save itself due to it's own culture. Rather than send some of their 20 billion people on to other planets, they would rather all die together. They have chosen to die together and remain happy by self infliction of the Time Reaver. Had it not been stolen by an elicit criminal Gully. Solving this massive problem becomes the latest task of the Doctor.

A masterpiece of a story by Jenny T. Colgan which does rank right up there with No Place and Rose and the Snow Window.
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London, 2011

Have listened to this story three times now. When this box set first came out I was sort of wishing that Billie Piper would come to work for Big Finish. She had not yet and I thought that I would enjoy stories with her more than those with Donna Noble. Wrong. Now that Billie has come to work for Big Finish and I have heard almost all 10th Doctor stories as it turns out the ones with The Doctor and Donna are the prime performances.

This is a story of technology gone wrong in particular cell phones. It has so much techno babble that it is mind boggling at times and is an excellently written story with outstanding awesome performances. There's nothing to not love about this set of episodes as they feel like new who yet go into areas new who never did, thus the magic of audio. A really, really damn good job by Big Finish and everyone involved in this one.
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Rose and the Snow Window
by : Jenny T. Colgan (Author of No Place)
Part of: The Day She Saved the Doctor: Four Stories from the TARDIS.

Toronto, 2005

The TARDIS arrives in Toronto in 2005 during a snow storm and Rose tells the 9th Doctor that she wanted to go to NYC instead. Rose and #9 end up taking up residence in a skyscraper in the corner apt #1427 and the Doctor stays up all night with a telescope looking into windows of apartments in the other tall buildings. Rose doesn't seem to have known the Doctor long enough to know if she could trust him and as she viewed his black clad figure as he vaguely stated that his voyeurism was looking for a panopticon, she ended up starting to enjoy this activity as well.

9th Doctor audio stories are very rare since Christopher Eccleston has chosen not to lend his voice for hire to Big Finish or BBC. Most of them are just readings and the attempts at drama by Nick Briggs of Big Finish in that single box set of 4 stories called "The Ninth Doctor Chronicles" was a savage failure.

Rose and the Snow Window was written by Jenny Colgan the famous author responsible for dozens of BBC and Big Finish stories such as the recent No Place, Dark Horizons, Time Reaver (10th Doctor), Gardens of the Dead (4th Doctor) and even the Target Novel version of The Christmas Invasion. Jenny has Rose and #9 nailed to perfection. But that wouldn't be enough without reader Rachael Stirling that really brings #9 and Rose to life. During this 51 minute story I really felt like I was back in 2005 when Who was on again and everyone was shocked.

This is a unique format as Rose and the Snow Window is the second of four stories as part of the audio box set of The Day She Saved the Doctor: Four Stories from the TARDIS. All of the stories are written and performed by women and the stories show the ways that the women of Doctor Who have saved the Doctor. It is classified as a childrens' book by BBC and I was initially concerned about that but as it turns out this story is at least adult friendly and in fact at times I was surprised that this is under children's classification as it does have adult jokes.

Right down to Rose's shout out to Sir David Attenborough this is a fantastic story which takes the listener back to 2003 and to winter in Toronto with a fun and unique story in an overall great publication.


"Covering her eyes Rose edged the bathroom door open just a touch and thrust her arm through the small gap to hand him the warm fluffy towel. Ooohhh.. The Doctor felt something twinge and he looked down." -Jenny T. Colgan

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