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Reviewed By: TigerSamuraiReview Date: 2/11/19 6:41 pm
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This was excellent. An action-packed, dramatic entry into the Doctor's battles with the Daleks, specifically 7's. The first episode sets the stage for a strong story and the following episodes simply ramp it up from there. There's something almost pedestrian about the bulk of the first episode. Had the Daleks not been revealed in the opening moments, there's not a whole lot that we would find out of the ordinary (with the exception of the advanced video game...). Of course, that all gets turned on its ear in short order and by the second episode things really start to take off.

The regulars acquit themselves well, and Bonnie Langford is fantastic as Mel. McCoy has a lot fun with this one, but at times he sounds a little tired and others as though he's really pushing for the emotion. That said, it's still a great performance and those are nitpicks.

The supporting cast is quite nice, especially Angus Wright as Alek Zenos but everyone is more than up to the task of this story. One also can't help but wonder if we'll see Celia Dunthorpe again... There are some really nice twists and turns in the plotting for these supporting roles and you can tell the cast was having a great time working on this one.

There are some callbacks to other Dalek stories and I think it's wise to have some familiarity. The Daleks, Planet of the Daleks, Evil of the Daleks and Remembrance of the Daleks (though technically, this story takes place before Remembrance) would fit the bill, but are certainly not required.

In addition to being a cracking story there's some nice socio-political-economic commentary to boot, thought it does get a little lost in the action to come. Chuckles can't help but come int he treatment of some of these threads, in particular the Daleks desire to rule the economy.

Overall, very good stuff and certainly worth a listen. As someone who has read a lot about the disappointment overall of the 7th Doctor's run in the audios, this one will stand out amongst his better, if not best, outings. Recommended.
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Reviewed By: TigerSamuraiReview Date: 2/11/19 6:22 pm
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Criss-Cross is remarkable for introducing a new companion for the 6th Doctor and while it's not completely successful, it's still an encouraging beginning for WRN Constance Clarke. The opening episode is quite good and the first moments put us squarely in the world of late WWII Bletchley Park. The mystery of why the Doctor is there and entrenched in his new position intrigues, but by the end of the story I couldn't help but be hungry for more of the historical and less of the sci-fi. Of course, we needed a reason for why the TARDIS was stranded... It almost made me wish they'd done a few stories while it was stranded, though the story itself never feels rushed.

Colin is his usual excellent self and the quality of his interactions with WRN Clarke are a good setup for the relationship to come. Miranda Raison acquits herself well as Constance and brings some depth to the character in fairly short order. The fact that it's clear she's hiding some of her motivations will no doubt add some tension to the relationship wit the Doctor, though this is a much more nurturing 6 than, say, Peri got early in their travels together.

The rest of the supporting cast rounds out the story in strong fashion with nary a weak-link. Special shout-out to Charlotte Salt as WRN Wimpole. I dare say, had Constance not been the chosen companion, even Sylvia would've been a nice addition to the TARDIS. Of course, I'd be remiss not to mention the duplicitous... triplicitous? Robbie Flint, wonderfully embodied by Paul Thornley.

There's a lot going on in this story, the introduction of Constance, the background plotting and skullduggery that will no doubt come back up later down the line for Constance and her pursuit to find the truth of her missing husband, the alien waveform and their never-ending war, explosives, submarines, Nazis... All that said, it's balanced very well. And while I think the 3rd episode falters ever so slightly, the rest are certainly worthy of high marks.

In addition to being a great listen, it's also a perfect jumping on point for the 6th Doctor's Big Finish adventures. Recommended!
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Reviewed By: TigerSamuraiReview Date: 2/7/19 4:24 pm
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This was a difficult one to give a number rating for. I really enjoy this one quite a bit and I think it's my favorite of the historicals from the First Doctor Adventures, but The Barbarians and the Samurai could supplant it depending on my mood.

It's probably one of Claudia Grant's stronger outings as Susan, tho Tick-Tock World will take the top spot for now. The supporting cast is good, though the accents did grate a little upon my first listen, they bothered me far less on my second go round. Bradley is fun as the Doctor and the relationship with Susan is highlighted well. Ian and Barbara are served well, but nothing spectacular. That said, Barbara's realization of when and where they are is played very well and heightens the tension of the story nicely.

The overall soundscape and special effects work very well. It probably helped that both times I gave this a listen snowstorms hit Chicago, but I could easily visualize the blizzard and "feel" the cold.

A fun historical that felt like it could've sat beside any of the early Hartnell era. Paired with The Destination Wars, it is easy to see why a lot of folks raved about the first box set of the FDAs. That said, I'll give it a 7 rather than an 8 as there are other stories I would rank higher, but not go 9 for. Perhaps a 7.5... 7.75? Either way, it's worth a listen and probably a top 3 or 4 of the FDAs.
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Reviewed By: TigerSamuraiReview Date: 2/7/19 4:09 pm
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Superb. Not only the finest of the First Doctor Adventures, but one of the high water marks of Big Finish. Ian and Barbara are fantastic in this story and I could visualize the William Russell and Jacqueline Hill in the roles in spite of the differences between the actors. They simply felt right in this episode. It bears stating that Jamie Glover is truly the standout in the recast TARDIS team; at least for me anyway.

I don't want to say too much at risk of spoilers, but the story does a wonderful job of feeling fresh while also easily being a story you could imagine from 1964. The aliens are very alien ands yet relatable. The script is very strong and dialogue crackles throughout. The interplay between Ian and Barbara and the aliens is a highlight, for sure, but it would be a disservice to not mention David Bradley's First Doctor. While I agree with those that don't think he nails Hartnell's Doctor, it bothers me less and less as I listen to these audios and let my imagination take over. This is probably one of, if not his strongest projection of the First Doctor we know and love (I would argue his performance in Tick-Tock World is stronger, but not by much).

The stories beats from exploration of a new world, character-driven moments, alien mystery story, to scientific spec-fic works incredibly well and is a further testament to the strength of the script.

Do yourself a favor and pick this one up ASAP. The First Doctor Adventures have truly been a highlight (though not perfect by any means) of this past year of Big Finish and this is potentially the cream of the crop.

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