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178. 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 10/3/18 3:44 am
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A very amusing story and a fitting addition to the 50th anniversary festivities. Nyssa's story was organic and played out well parallel to The Doctor's work unravelling the mystery. Bonus points for the continuity nod acknowledging that Hartnell's iteration had scoffed at The Beatles.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/20/16 3:31 am
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The Doctor and Nyssa arrive in 1963 with the Doctor determined to show Nyssa the Beatles. The Doctors in for a surprise as he discovers the Beatles have been replaced in time by another band known as the Common Men.

The story's premise, the mystery and its solution are perfect. The gorgeous Abbey Road-theme cover art is a delight. The music is well-done and really creates a 1960s feels for the wold of the story's wannabe Beatles.

Beyond that, the story makes an effective use of Nyssa not being from Earth as well as having her own separate storyline. The entire cast performed well and the story has the added bonus of being easily accessible even to those who haven't listened to Big Finish before.

Overall, a wonderful release that is also very accessible for those who not familiar with Big Finish's audio dramas.

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/29/15 11:58 am
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It's original and creative with some superlative writing; the pace is perfectly timed with never a dull moment or sounding rushed at all. It's light hearted and funny, with a complex narrative. The period music by Howard Carter is absolutely fantastic, but there are some decidedly dodgy American accents in there as well. The actors who play the Common Men put forward wonderfully funny caricatures of the Beatles in the sixties
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 5/16/15 5:24 am
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I understand that these are in celebration of 50 years of the Doctor, to be fair out of all the releases this is probably one of the best. It does combine however the winning combination of Beatlesque music, and Peter Davidson and Nyssa (who take on the role of a pseudo groupie, who does not quite get why these people are do popular or indeed their music). It is a clever tale to be honest where the Doctor, trying to perhaps relive his crush on the fab four from Liverpool is somewhat amazed when it turns out that the Beatles are not the group of the moment, but in fact are a group of substitutes who are being used to manipulate the time line's in order to create a change in time that will lead them to taking on the Earth. The separation element to this story is cleverly written with Nyssa getting pushed into the timeline with the 'Common Men' the band that are in place of the Beatles. Where as the Doctor is trying to understand why this has happened.


What sets this story above all other is that not only is it wonderfully produced, but the period music is fantastic, and makes this story probably one of the best release from Big Finish. I was particularly impressed with the authenticity of the musical feel, but also the overall sound stage makes the whole thing feel like it is of it's time. Peter and Sarah are on absolute fire in this and the supporting cast are also to be applauded as they give the whole peace a wonderful nostalgic feel.