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Reviewed By: gold1104Review Date: 7/30/17 5:52 am
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This is certainly an efficient and likeable little play. It's something of a "bug hunt" that goes wrong, heavily influenced by James Cameron's ALIENS, so the plotting is somewhat basic and lacking in surprises.

Where NIGHT OF THE VASHTA NERADA scores more highly though, is in its characterisations and performances. Tom gives what eventually becomes a slightly moodier and more bad tempered turn than usual in much of his Big Finish work. This is very much in keeping with a story from the Hinchcliffe period and so most appropriate for the horrific threat of the Vashta Nerada. There's even a slight hint that this one takes place at sometime between THE DEADLY ASSASSIN and THE FACE OF EVIL.

Tom is helped by having a superb supporting cast to bounce off. Special mention must go to Pam Ferris' and Lorelei King's Steele and Donnelly, but there are no weak links - Emma Lowndes and Matt Devitt also do well to keep the play engaging.

A good start to the second CLASSIC DOCTORS, NEW MONSTERS boxset. 7/10
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Reviewed By: gold1104Review Date: 7/25/17 3:45 pm
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I have to admit I'm a sucker for a Cally-based B7 episode.

The character was tragically underused in the 3 seasons in which she appeared on TV, and its nice that Big Finish are making up for this with plays like this one plus Jacqueline Rayner's (also very good) MINDSET from 2015.

Jan Chappell is a wonderful performer and manages to give the character layers as well as making her (arguably) the most likeable and well-adjusted character among the regulars (in that despite the personal tragedy of the loss of Auron, she doesn't appear to be neurotic or obsessed with revenge).

CLOSE ENOUGH is a very accomplished piece of work and I hope we'll be having more scripts from Sophia McDougall in the future. Whist there is an element of the action/adventure story present, it's rather more of a subtle character piece in which Avon's inner life is also explored in a highly unusual and unique way.

There's an oddly claustrophobic feel throughout CLOSE ENOUGH, perhaps enhanced by the play's themes of intimacy and personal space, as well as the fact that the cast seems a little smaller than usual.

Rising to this challenge, Paul Darrow gives what must rank as his best ever performance on audio simply because he's so understated. He seems to instinctively understand here that less is more.

Charlotte Watson's Imra is also worthy of praise for her work as well, and Keith Drinkel (Kaverin) manages to be memorable despite his relatively small role.

Fans of Tarrant and Vila may be somewhat disappointed by their absence here (although the presence of OUTPOST in the SPOILS OF WAR boxset is something of a consolation.)

The sound design is superb and so is Nigel Fairs' unobtrusive but effective score.

My only complaint is that it could have been a bit longer, so interesting are the issues raised.
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Reviewed By: gold1104Review Date: 7/21/17 9:49 pm
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Released in February 2013 to vast acclaim by fans and reviewers alike, this is a strong contender for the title of best ever “non-canonical” B7 adventure.

All memories of the queasy BBC Radio plays of the 1990’s (THE SEVENFOLD CROWN and THE SYNDETON EXPERIMENT, ugh!) are instantly expunged.

It effortlessly matches the source material’s tone (it’s a direct sequel to the 1979 TV episode STAR ONE) and exceeds it in quality. WARSHIP has a taut and gripping script brimming with jeopardy.

The only (slight) caveat is that if you've never seen either STAR ONE or AFTERMATH, you are unlikely to "get" WARSHIP.

Some cast members’ voices might be showing their age but nonetheless performances are all strong and it’s a joy to hear the Series B crew back together again. Alistair Lock does a magnificent job of recreating the voices of Zen and Orac. Against all expectations, he knocks it out of the park!

A triumphant reminder of everything I love about BLAKE'S 7's 2nd Season on TV.

Down and safe.
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Reviewed By: gold1104Review Date: 7/21/17 7:53 am
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Beautiful Vila-centred story, balancing humour and the bleak grim drama that made BLAKE'S 7 uniquely what it was in its 4 years on TV. Tarrant and Vila make a great combination and I can only pray for more stories where this mis-matched pair get to play off each other. Needless to say Michael Keating is superb, but the whole cast give beautifully judged performances. A personal favourite and the best B7 full cast audio since WARSHIP.

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