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3.3 - The Crooked Man

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Reviewed By: KamelionReview Date: 2/4/19 4:36 am
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Location : Earth, United Kingdom, seaside town of Eastwold, 17 Seaview Road and other local residences and businesses. The Doctor states Eastwold is "Several hundred miles from London."

Date : Winter 2014

A morbid, terrifying, violent, demented and hilarious murder mystery. BBC would never be able to make and broadcast a story like this as it is on television as Doctor Who. This is a great example of what Big Finish is capable of doing while being cannon. Speaking of statements by Briggs he mentions in the extras after the ending that he had to edit this story down to tone down the horror. Unfortunately he intentionally did not mention what was edited out.

Of the hundreds of Big Finish Doctor Who stories I have listened to it is not uncommon to revisit my collection and know for certain that I have heard a story but do not remember what it was about right off the bat. With a few minutes of listening to those stories it comes back. Yet with The Crooked Man I am absolutly 100% certain that I will never forget this story. I have listened to it twice as I normally do before writing any review.

The horror is unreal and it really is the stuff of nightmares. From the savage murder of a book store owner where the "Entire 15 works of Charles Dickens" were shoved down his throat, to the kidnapping and threatened canibalism of a toddler - this is the type of story you will never see on TV, yet it is Doctor Who to the core. Tom Baker and Louise Jameson as Leela absolutely nailed this one with outstanding performances.

I am tempted to audio sample the hilarious shriek of The Crooked Man exclaiming "Hello my friend!" and making it the ring tone on my phone for a few days.

Your traveling adventures with the Fourth Doctor are not complete without this tale. You just may not want to listen to it right before bed.

Memorable Lines:

"Hell's bells.." - PC Andrews

"Halt, who goes there?" - PC Andrews
To which the Doctor responds; "I can't believe you actually just said that."

"Hello my friend!" - The Crooked Man

"A loony in a scarf and a girl dressed like she doesn't seem to know its winter." Police Officer
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Reviewed By: mwelljesterReview Date: 5/2/17 10:56 am
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A Simply Awesome story, the stuff of Nightmare's
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/30/15 4:44 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

'he Crooked Man' written by John Dorney and directed by Nick Briggs, is as Nick Briggs puts in the extras, "...beautifully weird." Beautifully weird is a phrase that sums this story up so well. The Doctor and Leela stumble across a murder whilst visiting Eastwold. Another victim of 'he Crooked Man' Fictional characters are coming to life and jumping out of books. There is a nice call back to an old TV adventure from the classic series.

After a shaky first couple of series, 'he Fourth Doctor Adventures'seems to be finally getting into full swing; both the previous two stories were rather good – as is this one. Jamie Robertson' Soundscape and music remain faithful to the fourth Doctor's period while introducing a more modern and warped element at times. Neil Stuke sounds absolutely great as 'The Crooked Man' Nick Briggs' direction is rather good; I certainly think he is a better director than writer. John Dorney has created a well-paced and well-plotted story. There is a menagerie of characters from fictional works, inter-dimensional portals, and a moving resolution. Beautifully weird.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/20/15 3:24 am
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The Doctor and Leela come upon a series of gruesome murders and the Doctor steps into the investigation when they come on a latest. A book shop owner who was killed by being forced fed several books. After being killed, the Doctor's investigation leads to the house of a woman who has been selling off her father's books.

The story contains a call back to a classic Doctor Who Story but with a very fresh twist from John Dorney. When John Dorney has a good concept, an opportunity to use humor, and great emotional moments, the script is going to be a winner and this is no exception.

The story has a good mystery with a good solution (though part of it's been hinted at early on), a touch of nostalgia, some great lines by the Doctor, and a finale that packs a true emotional punch.

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