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185. Moonflesh

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 10/8/17 9:34 pm
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The Doctor and Nyssa land in 1911 Suffolk where a visiting group of hunters are here for a canned hunt. This story is one of the least inventive Doctor Who releases I've heard. It features a cast of stereotypes who are often annoying, a very standard plot that takes forever to get started. The fourth episode is quite a bit better with the Doctor and a Native American travelling to fight a monster in a trippy dream sequence.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/12/15 1:37 pm
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The Doctor and Nyssa land in Suffolk 1911. Upon arrival they hear the call of several big game animals and decide to investigate. They later learn that the animal have been gathered on the estate of Nathaniel Whitlock who has organised a hunting event for a group of wealthy patrons, one of which is hiding a secret. On his travels Whitlock had gathered some unusual meteorites the locals called Moonflesh which has some unusual properties.

The directing is poor as at times of action sometimes all you hear is animal noises, shouting and gunfire, leaving you rather confused. The soundtrack is highly polished and sounds great, but they do over do it with the sound effects. In the first episode there is a scene where they eat dinner and all you can hear is constant scraping of cutlery on plates as if they are simply cutting food up and moving it around.

The acting is theatrical or to use non-actor parlance over the top and worst of all it's full of over describing such as "Look, the red mist is going back into her body!" It's set in Suffolk in 1911 yet it sounds like they are on safari, so why not just make them on be on Safari? It's also heavily padded.

To get straight to the point 'Moonflesh' is generically written and to some people that's a crime and to others it equates to being a dull, average story. It's packed full of tropes with pompous arrogant upper classes and the tribesman butler is badly acted, written and trite - cf. 'Ghostlight' and 'Black Orchid'. The dialogue of the aliens is stilted. However, all this being said I didn't absolutely hate it. I found it distinctly average and could easily listen to it again, although I won't be in any hurry to do so.

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 5/31/15 1:51 pm
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A No.5 and Nyssa adventure here, with Peter Davidson and Sarah Sutton being cast into deepest darkest Surrey. What comes as a little bit of a shock to them both is when instead of coming across a tea room, or a village green with people playing cricket, they are greeted by a big cat, an no not the domestics catticus that we should find. However much to the disgust of the Doctor the beast is felled and killed. It then turns out as they journey their way back to the manor house of Nathaniel Whitlock, the a typical Edwardian explorer, big game hunter and explorer chappie. It is there we get to meet with Silver Crow the native american indian who Whitlock befriended on his exploits in the new world. However Silver Crow not only a loyal friend as also bought with him back to Whitlock manner something more, something that he thinks is from his spirit gods, the only thing that is true, is that the thing under the glass dome on display on the mantle piece is definitely something out of this world, but it is not something that is from native american indian's gods.

Two words, Black Orchid, this story as massive similarities with the TV outing of the 5th Doctor, and I suspect that Morris, may have watched this on DVD as a reference when he sat down to type out the script here, the only thing, I think that stands out here if you are to make the comparative against the TV outing and this one from Big Finish, is simply Big Finish have done this far better than the treatment for the TV. The production albeit audio is stunning and you really get the feeling that Surrey as it's first safari park, not only that the native american indian scene's for me gave me that big starry sky feel that you often see or witness when native american indian spiritual scenes. This is a nice paced, non brainer adventure which is thoroughly good boys adventure (no sexism intended) story.



As for the performances here held within, Peter and Sarah are a tight crew and produce a balanced and believable duo. I must admit I prefer the one companion stuff to the four multi stuff that has been apparent in the last couple of outing by Big Finish with Doctor number 5. Frasier and Benedict make for a very well rounded company and add to the story marvellously. The introduction of the adventuress Hannah Bartholemew a hardy, early women's lib, style character I found interesting on both a dramatic level and also there was some very overt flirting going on at the start of the story between the Hannah and Phoebe Whitlock, which for some reason I found uncomfortable, in a sort of lesbian style grooming scene. Still apart from that quite bizarre scene, not a bad outing here folks.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 9/1/14 10:54 pm
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Its no masterpiece, but it is still good. In many ways this is the kind of story that the fifth doctor would have been involved in and it does fit the standard story structure of Doctor Who with characters that are typical of the series at the time; it simply isn't gripping, that is all.

The Doctor and Nyssa visit Edwardian England. While most incarnations of the doctor spend most of their time in Victorian or Elizabethan times, the fifth doctor has had quite a few visits to Edwardian times. He must just like the civility. Even Nyssa seems to be gettingsick of it though.

They arrive in an odd situation, investigate and find another more threatening situation that requires their aid. As I said, typical of the era.

Amongst the supporting cast is a "great white hunter" with a "native American sidekick" and a small group of cliched Edwardian socialites. Its like a cross between a pulp fiction novel and an epiose of Downton Abbey. Into this mix we learn of the Moonflesh which is an alien entity in the form of a meteorite impersonating a deity from the native American's past. The resulting situation is one the locals are illequipped for, but the Doctor has the experience to deal with.

There is nothing big, exciting or hugely original, but as a WYSIWYG story, you do indeed get what you expect and there is nothing wrong with that.