Stories:
2849
Members:
725
Submitted Reviews:
7910
Reviewers:
338
Reviews By jb_masta
# Reviews:
4
# Ratings:
3
Avg Rating:
8

Latest Community Reviews

From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
10
Plot Rating:
10
Acting Rating:
10
Replay Rating:
10
Effects Rating:
10
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: jb_mastaReview Date: 11/20/18 3:57 am
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A nice little intimate tale that shows us more about Barbara and her view of life on the Ship, with the Doctor and Susan. Very much a character piece, the dynamics of this TARDIS team are highlighted and the payoff is something special indeed. For $2.99 it's something you can't miss if you're a fan of the early years of Doctor Who.
From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
10
Plot Rating:
10
Acting Rating:
10
Replay Rating:
10
Effects Rating:
10
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: jb_mastaReview Date: 11/20/18 3:54 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This is The Definitive Story for Peri, and by far the best character study for her. We get to know more about the Peri who travelled with the Fifth Doctor, excited to explore yet a little bit homesick at the same time. Coming face to face with the most unexpected of faces, it really gets her thinking.

The second disc is where the story is elevated to one of the greats. The two episodes here take you on an emotional roller coaster that make you want to revisit disc one to look for the hints of foreshadowing that are lost on that disc's POV.

The plot itself is fairly simple, the Fifth Doctor and Peri go to LA 2009 to stop the Piscon Zarl from getting up to no good, only for Peri's older self, who happens to be in LA at the time, to get involved. However it's Peri's reflections on who she is now and how she ends up the woman she's met that make this special. The second disc dials it up to eleven, where we learn first hand how the Peri from 2009 ticks, and you won't forget it.

The tone veers a lot towards comedy, but like The Kingmaker previously Nev Fountain balances the humour by giving the jokes a more serious side that forces you to re-evaluate them when played for comedy.

Other Recommendations

From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
3
Plot Rating:
3
Acting Rating:
3
Replay Rating:
1
Effects Rating:
3
Has Prerequisite(s):
Unsure
Reviewed By: jb_mastaReview Date: 11/20/18 3:45 am
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

It's an odd release. It's the only story in the initial season to be shorter than two discs, and the plot suffers for it. By stripping the story down to the bare essentials it loses heart (at a single disc it has to be even more economic with plot than the previous two disc adaptations) and the characters become ciphers, plot devices who leave no impact whatsoever. Lisa Bowerman does her best, but even she can't lift the material to be engaging. The plot itself moves too quickly, moving from one location to the other without fleshing things out beyond what the story requires to move on, and even then you need to focus to understand at times.

The sound design deserves extra mention. This release had a turbulent period in post-production and it shows. The characters don't sound like they're in the same room half the time. Some of the musical choices are just odd, like the decision to run the instrumental of Adventure is My Name in the background of some scenes.

And so the inaugural season of Bernice Summerfield at Big Finish ends with not a bang, but a whimper. The two saving graces are Lisa Bowerman's performance and my guilty pleasure of Adventure is My Name. The plot is bare bones, no meat all structure. Any nuance in the performances is lost in the nightmarish post-production, which is a real shame given the raw emotions we heard in Just War.
From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
NR
Plot Rating:
NR
Acting Rating:
NR
Replay Rating:
NR
Effects Rating:
NR
Has Prerequisite(s):
Unsure
Reviewed By: jb_mastaReview Date: 10/18/12 6:56 am
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

After the continuity heavy seventh doctor trilogy, The Burning Price is a breath of fresh air.
Placed after the TV story Arc Of Infinity, and between the audios Omega and The Elite, the Fifth Doctor lands on a spaceship instead of the Amsterdam hostel where he planned to meet Nyssa an Tegan. On his own, he gets accused of spying and sabotage. Nevertheless, he still get involved in a rescue mission for princess Aliona (Kirsty Besterman) on the planet Sharnax, home to the fierce Igris.

The princess' ship crashed on the way to meet prince Kylo (the titular burning prince), who she is to wed in order to bring peace the the Drashani empire.

A range of characters, awkward situations and a mystery to solve, you can't go wrong with The Burning Prince.

A great story, if only for its change of pace from recent releases. The story is picked up in the forthcoming sixth doctor release the Acheron Pulse, and wrapped up in The Shadow Heart with the seventh doctor. If You want to check the first episode out, go to the catalogue of big finish podcasts (www.bigfinish.com).

Community

?>