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90. Year of the Pig

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/17/17 6:18 am
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A sublime Doctor Who Comedy that finds the Doctor and Peri trying to have a holiday but mixed up in a strange case involving a retired freak show sapient pig, a police inspector on the hunt for a dangerous criminal, a nurse, and a freak show groupie.

It's a clever story that begins with a mystery that kept me guessing through the first two thirds with so many unanswered questions as to the real identity of various characters and who was really the bad guy. The comedy works well because the scenario is naturally absurd (although well within bounds for Doctor Who) that the comedy is very natural. The story has a big of a Douglas Adams-Gareth Roberts feel to it, although with a bit of a psychological element which would become a hallmark of Matthew Sweet's stories for Big Finish.

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 10/26/17 7:54 pm
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This story is certainly not for all tastes, but I'm gratified to see that it's generally pretty popular. I adore it beyond all reason. It's one of a very few stories that I listened to again immediately after finishing it for the first time. It's just sublime.

I can't really say too much more about it than that, though. I mean, the story is pretty slight, and what there is doesn't entirely make sense to me. But some combination of the characters, the tone, and the language just wins me over. You don't listen to this story. You swim through it. Some people call it boring, and I can see why, but to me it's anything but. I could listen to it over and over again forever. It doesn't matter what the characters are talking about. I don't much care about Toby's true history or what secret Inspector Chardalot is hiding. As long as these characters all keep talking to each other, I'm as happy as a clam.

The cast is uniformly superb. Toby and Nurse Albertine are instantly captivating, and I loved hearing Albertine telling Toby about what was happening on the beach. It's an unconventional way to handle a dramatic action scene in an audio story, but it works brilliantly. Maureen O'Brien is absolutely delightful as Miss Bultitude. She's probably my favorite example of a former companion taking on a new role (edging past William Russell in "The Game"). Chardalot is delightful as well. Michael Keating gave a similarly strong performance as Major Koth in "The Twilight Kingdom", but Chardalot is a far more enjoyable villain.

Anyway, I understand that this story isn't everyone's cup of tea, and even I wouldn't want "Doctor Who" to be like this all the time. But I honestly cannot overstate just how much I adore this story. If I could only save one Big Finish release from a burning building, it would be this one.
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Reviewed By: FlyingTigerComicsReview Date: 3/7/15 9:33 am
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25 words or less: Toby the Sapient Pig holds court at the Belgian seaside at the outbreak of the Great War.

This is an amazing story which not only illustrates those types of adventure to which the Doctor usually refers without ever seeing them, but also presents a wonderful period piece.

Toby the Sapient Pig astounds and entertains and the Sixth Doctor and Peri are in rare form. Also, the Doctor gets drunk and embarasses himself with Marcel Proust. If nothing else happened and the play only went for 30 seconds, it was worth it for that.

I could have listened to this for a week. Wonderful stuff.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 12/1/14 12:25 pm
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Bit of a slow burn with this outing from Big Finish, lots of story here as well, we have a, freak show act, a women whom is transfixed by said acts, A policeman, who, is on the trail of a sapient pig and to top all this off there is the Doctor and Perri on holiday in Ostend, Belgium. There are some nice performances in this stand out for me are the parts which Paul Brooke and Maureen O'Brien whose interaction and interplay are amusing, this drama is mainly based around the seaside and the salty air, and that actually comes across really well, the sound scape put together on this is excellent. You are reminded of those 1900's saucy postcards that people sent in England back home, merely by the excellent way that Big Finish have put together the audio track. I cannot find fault with Colin or Nicola they are on step, and hit every beat of this as they play out the quite intriguing drama.

This is a good solid release in the main range, and I for one enjoyed this, I can vouch for the replay value as I actually ended up listening to this about 4 times before getting to the end.