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Reviewed By: katrinaauReview Date: 8/24/13 6:49 pm
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Nicholas Briggs hold over Big Finish is somewhat incestuous of late. Producer, writer, director, actor and voice of the Daleks - not to mention Head of Big Finish; he is totally autonomous and some of his decisions of late (I write this in Aug 2013) have frankly been both frustrating and irritating - I surely cant be the only one who has had ENOUGH of the Daleks/Davros every other month!

I mention this as this story, this wonderful and well told story, is a constant reminder to me that for all Nick Briggs faults - the man can write one hell of a good Doctor Who story. Peter Davison is MY doctor and this story feels like a missing adventure/lost story almost so authentic to Davison's era as it is. The motto "There should have been another way" seeps through the story like the writing in a stick of Blackpool Rock.

Nyssa is kidnapped and interrogated - REALLY interrogated. She is hurt and bullied by the wonderfully cast David Daker as the Doctor tries desperately to get her back. In actual story terms that's it for the Doc and Nyssa. They are passengers in a much bigger story where we dont really feel our favourite Time Lord has had an impact...until the last episode where there is a twist which I imagine quite a few guessed, but is still very satisfying when it happens.

I love this story and have relistened on a number of occasions. I only hope the author would do the same to remind himself of what he is capable of as a story teller. A resounding 10/10 for me.
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Reviewed By: katrinaauReview Date: 3/18/13 3:50 pm
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My favourite TARDIS crew and a thoroughly good story.

To discuss one of the reasons why I enjoy this story, it is necessary to go into spoiler territory.

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The monster involved is, of course, a Dalek. It came as an enormous surprise when I listened to the opening episode. I was like "but surely BF would have publicised a Dalek story" and lo and behold they didnt. Whilst I grant you, the main villain in this story doesnt turn out to be the loan, damaged pepperpot it does strike me that as a Doctor Who fan this kind of a reveal of a monster is much more enjoyable than the way Big Finish wheel them out every other month with a story with "Dalek" in the title.

How pleasurable would it be to have a Big Finish "Earthshock"? A story where you know nothing about the story and then at the end of episode 1, you discover the main villain is actually one of the more famous classic Who monsters and you can feel the hairs on the back of your neck?

With Big Finish, we ALWAYS know what's coming. There are no surprises anymore. I appreciate BF need to generate publicity for their range, but (this story aside) they are becoming too reliant on Daleks; for which I blame Nick Briggs - nothing personal against him, but his autonomous control of BF worries me (what hat is he wearing this week? Managing Director? Director? Actor? Writer? Producer?).

Regardless, I enjoyed "The Elite" as (a) it was a surprise and (b) the Dalek was dealt with differently than normal. A great story and a nice twist on the normal.
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Reviewed By: katrinaauReview Date: 3/18/13 3:39 pm
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A fun release. Whilst I am all for drama in Doctor Who, I do feel sometimes Big Finish takes itself far too seriously. This for me was a great story, well told and allows Peter Davison some light touches as the Doctor.

The "anthology" stories are good and are held under the umbrella of the main story where the Doctor finds Nyssa may be accidentally telling tales on him in a way that cant be good for his health.

Good performances and good cast make for a decent story. Davison and Sutton are, as usual, great value.
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Reviewed By: katrinaauReview Date: 3/10/12 10:28 pm
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A mining plant has value to the Federation and therefore to the crew of the Liberator. However, once Blake infiltrates the mine, he learns that the mine is not what it seems and he has led himself (and possibly the Liberator crew) into a trap.

A good story and some nice touches, but I agree with previous review. Gareth Thomas' voice has degraded badly over the years and he just does not sound like Blake.

I know this is to be expected over 30 years, but it does jar slightly when he is telling the story. It also fascinates me that Darrow and Keating (especially) sound as was whereas there is a substantial difference in Thomas.

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