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104. The Bride of Peladon

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/5/18 4:57 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Comes very close to the high mark set by Curse of Peladon on TV as the Doctor, Erimem, and Peri arrive on Peladon after the death of the queen and the disappearance of a Martian ambassador.

This story packs a lot of intrigue and plot into its four-part story. It doesn't become overstuffed because of a very clever the number of plots is pared down in Episode Three. The story features strong acting and manages to combine a very good Peladon story with a great final bow for Erimem. The story takes time to deal with the emotional impact of departure but doesn't overdo it. Overall, a solid story all around.

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 1/26/16 2:12 pm
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The Bride of Peladon is a story that sees the departure of Erimem in true eighties fashion as she leaves to become advisor to the new king of Peladon and gets married to him. Yeah it's pretty much a straight parallel to one of Peri's possible exits from the series which really ruins much of the story. It would be fine if she just stayed to become advisor, but because of the very few scenes she has with the Prince, the relationship isn't nearly developed enough to be called complete. Oh and the story is basically a rehash of The Curse of Peladon and The Monster of Peladon, but writer Barnaby Edwards does change some stuff around enough to be it's own original story.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 12/2/15 10:35 pm
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'The Bride of Peladon' has all the usual trappings of a Peladon story: an Arcturan, Alpha Centauri, Ice Warriors and rich gothic atmosphere, and it's a great story. The story itself is quite traditional but well done. However, some of it just doesn't hang together very well in an oddly disjointed way. The end of the first episode for example, the Doctor and Erimem are on the run in the woods from a wild beast (guess who?), and the Doctor is injured but heals quickly. When Erimem passes comment on this the Doctor issues an explanation that isn't required. In 'The Masque of Mandragora' when Sarah enquires to the Doctor as to why she can understand and converse with the Italian people the Doctor just replies, "It's a Timelords gift that I allow you to share." Doesn’t really answer the question, but it doesn't have you scratching your head trying to work out if it's at all plausible. It's the same with the details about - the daughter of - Aggedor at the end. Not to mention the sudden and odd diversion into Egyptology!

It's not just that though, there is a short sequence where we hear the Arcturan say, "You!" before we hear gunfire. That's incredibly trite, and in combination with the scintillating production values it gives the story an uneven feel. For every bit of contrived bit of writing there is something fantastic, the pre-title sequences work to great effect. Nick Briggs is fantastic as the Ice Warriors and the music is some of the best I have heard from Big Finish. Furthermore, even though the writing has its quirks, it is still an enjoyable and memorable listen in its own right and that's the mark of a good story. In fact, it's very good.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 1/12/15 8:13 am
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

This is one of those "big" adventures that we get it seems from the 5th Doctor adventures. The idea of the story is first rate, I am a little shocked at the depth of the story and the way that Barnaby as taken this, especially when [spoiler alert] this is the episode that we wave goodbye to Erimem. Although it was apparent that this was going to happen when you discover the secret in the basement of the palace in Peladon. The performances in this adventure are as ever pure quality and without question Peter, Nicola and Caroline are all so tight that it seems a shame that this is their last encounter together as a team. The story itself is well written, well crafted and expertly put together, the fact that Big Finish once again make this sound like a full blown film, with essentially a medium sized cast of actors, is in my opinion the real skill in their production technique. The sound scape, although not the best it up there with the best of the produced audio’s from Big Finish. I think if you give this a listen you will find that this is one of those that establish the simple fact that after Peter's Doctor now that BF have let it expand through these audio's is one of the best.