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179. 1963: The Space Race

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 10/3/18 3:38 am
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The first act is strong and pulls you into a story of intrigue during the space race. After that, each twist of the plot gets more and more absurd until the whole premise unravels. While the end result isn't terrible it's sadly a waste of a potentially good setting.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/3/17 12:37 am
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This story finds the Sixth Doctor and Peri landing in November 1963 and replacing two murdered Russian Scientists--or are they scientists?

The problem's great weakness is it's tone. It's insane storyline involving a talking dog leading an animal revolution, secret moon bases, and double agents. It could be played for pure comedy, or it could be made terrifying, or tragically sad, but it never quite manages to find that right tone. Instead, it's told in a relatively straightforward manner which doesn't work for this sort of story.

However, the leads are both strong. Peri has a lot to do in this story and the Doctor manages to pull a surprise or two out of his hat in the final act. The guest acting is up to Big Finish's usual standards, and the music is superb and really fitting for the piece.

Overall, it's probably the weakest of the 1963 trilogy but given the stiff competition, that's not really a bad thing.

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Reviewed By: dima45698Review Date: 5/8/16 5:22 pm
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SIMPLY THE BEST!
So many aspects can be found in this story. For me, this is the one of the most strongest, intriguing and gripping production by Big Finish.

Colin and Nicola sound so good in this. And Jonathan Morris once more is presenting an excellent piece of work.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 5/16/15 4:58 am
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Mmm, on reflection of this particular outing with old No.6 I have a slight criticism, this is not one of the best stories Colin as been in from Big Finish. We have a decent cast as well, and Peri as the Doctor's assistant, but, for my money this just does not really cut it. The story is a little weak, the acting therefore tries to pull the material around itself but fundamentally there are too few moments where you feel that there are some major reveals in the story, for that it sort of plods along until it comes to a sort bumpy end. The story start with the Doctor and Peri landing in the wastelands of East, near to the Russian Space Programme in the 1960's. They stumble across a crashed Russian Jeep which has the dead passengers whom are on their way to the Space Head Quarters, as needs must the Doctor and Peri take on the identities of these dead passengers in order to find out more, they are soon ensconced in the Russian HQ for the space programme. However a recent space mission as ran into problems, and when the cosmonaut passes behind the moon things go from bad to worse, what happens next is a rescue mission but when the cosmonaut returns to earth, she is no longer a human but more canine. But why has she changed, how did she suddenly get transformed, more over how is the Doctor going to help solve the issue. Will Peri also survive after all she is an American in a Soviet Russia at the heart of the cold war.

As I started this review, this is a weak outing for the sixth Doctor, whose normal output is quite strong is not really up to par, here. I got the overall feeling that this felt like it was a rushed release, and the direction of the while thing is loose and a little sloppy, which is shame as it could have been a lot better than it was. Colin puts in a stalwart performance but it simply does not translate to a particular good story. Nicola Bryant also seems to suffer from what I would describe as a tired performance.

Overall this is not the best, and the story seems contrived with two story arcs playing out within the story that seem almost remarkably stuck together.