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79. Night Thoughts

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 9/1/17 3:33 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This is another story that has only grown on me over the years. I find that's true of quite a lot of Big Finish stories. I don't know why that should be. The downside is that it always feels like Big Finish isn't as good as it used to be, because the newer stories haven't had a chance to grow on me yet.

If I'm not mistaken, I think this story was originally written for television, making this a sort of "Lost Story" long before Big Finish started releasing unproduced television scripts under that banner. I can't help wondering what this story would have been like on television. For one thing, it wouldn't have had Hex (which would have been a shame, as the Ace/Hex relationship is especially well done here). But it's also a rather gruesome story, which I think works better in audio.

It's also a very atmospheric story, and it's often cited as one of the most frightening stories Big Finish has ever produced. I'm not a particular fan of horror, so a frightening story isn't a particular draw for me, but this story deserves its reputation. It's very atmospheric, very creepy, and it creates a wonderful sense of the macabre. The story gets pretty grim in places, but it's never gratuitous, and it doesn't infulge in cheap, shock tactics.

The cast is very strong, especially Bernard Kay as Major Dickens, who gives an outstanding performance. Bernard Kay has always been one of my favorite classic series guest starts, and I couldn't wish for a better role for him than this. Dickens is not a very sympathetic character, but neither is he a straightforward baddie, and that's what I like about him. He's easy to hate, because he's a genuinely disagreeable person, but his motives are at least defensible, at least in his own mind. He's the kind of villain who would be appalled to discover that he is a villain.

The story takes some very surprising turns, and there's one especially chilling cliffhanger. This is a great listen for one of those cold, lonely, rainy nights.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/30/17 3:33 pm
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Doctor, Ace, and Hex find themselves at a Scottish castle full of guilt-ridden academics as well as buried secrets.

This is a very solid outing. In style, it's a classic old house Horror mystery that has some real creepy and haunting moments. The guest cast performs quite nicely particularly Lizzy Hopely as Sue.

Both companions were solid. Hex showed some new competence and Ace seemed to find a good balance. Her, "Call me McShane" era hadn't quite worked. I like how she worked her name into her introduction but still was called Ace. It shows her as an adult rather than trying to be an adult.

While this is a fairly standard sci-fi Horror story, it's quite enjoyable and well put together for what it is.
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Reviewed By: YorickReview Date: 11/17/16 10:06 pm
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Truly a case of "don't believe the hype". I had heard this to be one of the best of BF output. Hell no it isn't. All the guest cast gave disinterested unconvincing clichéd performances with the Deacon being the worst. Having the Doctor spout supposedly scary cryptic statements instead of actual dialogue in episode one was hard to listen to as was the endless exposition and "what ifs"in the last part.
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Reviewed By: WreosirReview Date: 9/1/15 12:44 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Definitely one of my favorite Big Finish stories - the acting is stupendous, and the plot is intriguing, but perhaps what deserves the most credit is the soundscape, creating a wonderful sense of terror. All in all, a good plot wrapped in even better acting and mechanics.