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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 5/26/17 12:48 am
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Victorian England is a very busy place which the Doctor has now visited a little over 2,671 times. To be fair this allows the writer to focus on introducing character and plot rather than go into detail about the setting. Dropping the TARDIS into a Victorian gentlemen's club makes for an easy to follow opening and we can quickly identify what is going on.

Despite all the simplicity, I found this to be quite enjoyable as it simply focuses on character and plot, sets up some clever cliff hangers and allows the characters to drive the story.

Teegan has some great lines which makes it even better. Quite frankly its worth listening to just to here who she thinks is clubbable.
Adric has some opportunities, but not as many as he did in the last story, while Nyssa is just kind of 'there'.
The quality acting really comes from characters like Peabody, The Red Queen and Edward that make this a treat to listen to.

Phil Mulryne has not written many audios for Big Finish, but he does write the fifth Doctor well and he does know the characters he is working with. My feeling is that his best work is yet to come.

Perhaps a more complex plot would have stripped this of its subtle elegance. I will certainly listen to this again.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 5/17/17 11:05 pm
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The Star Men is a great vehicle for Adric. The story gives his character a lot more development than the previous boxset or even the episodes he was in. He gets to meet someone, begin a relationship with them and this motivates his character through the rest of the story and it is this relationship which sparks sadness at the end. It then wraps up with a chilling moment when Adric briefly expresses his disappointment that they have a time machine but can't use it to safe someone he loved.
This episode along with Masquerade form perfect bookends around Earthshock as all three deal with the finality of loss.

And that is the only good thing I can say about Star Men.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 5/17/17 12:31 am
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An ambitious story, to say the least, which echoes the complexity of "The Wrong Doctors" using two Jagos and two Litefoots, while tying into the history of "Talons of Weng Chiang" and recent stories like "Butcher of Brisbane" as well as recent J&L characters such as Aubrey and Bannerman.

This is busy and complex, yet it tell the story and has fun along the way.

There is great work from all of the talent involved, especially the writer and director who have taken an ambitious plot and realised it well.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 4/18/17 11:33 pm
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The idea behind the story was to create a challenge of logic puzzles, set up by a race of logicians that Avon must solve. This in itself is a solid story idea that should have challenged a well known character at his greatest strength.

Where it falls down is that in performing this on audio, the puzzles were "dumbed down" so that the casual listener wouldn't feel alienated by them. The listener can solve them too, which makes it fun, but the puzzles were not hard enough to trouble Avon. For him to discuss the puzzles and think through them aloud is totally out of character, though necessary for the narrative.

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