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108. Assassin in the Limelight

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 3/9/19 5:58 pm
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

As much as I love 6 & Evelyn's chemistry together it's a shame so many of their stories fall flat with me. Assassin in the Limelight is a prime example. A quasi-historical, our protagonists find themselves in America at the Ford Theater where President Abraham Lincoln is about to take in a performance that proves to be fateful. It's a solid premise and manages to tie in 2 previous stories in an interesting and surprising way (don't look at the "recommended" stories below if you want to avoid spoiling the twists). Sadly, the pieces of a good story are there but the execution fails to bring them together. The plot meanders a bit between theatrical and political figures without giving much depth to any of them. There are important events on the horizon that never quite come into focus. Most importantly, there is never much sense of urgency or gravitas to the story. There are a few interesting turns to the plot but for the most part it is dry and at times even boring. A shame, really, because the potential was definitely there.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/27/16 9:44 am
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Strong performances from Colin Baker, Maggie Stables, and Leslie Philips make this play worth listening to. The characters have delightful chemistry and Philips makes a great villain as Doctor Knox.

The rest of the story is a bit more problematic. It's poorly paced and it's a hard to get a grasp on this story as a pseudo-historical until Episode 3. The history also had some authenticity issues for the era. Given that the story centers around the killing of Abraham Lincoln, this didn't seem to fully understand Lincoln and his character. The idea portrayed here was that Lincoln's death was necessary for the advancement of Black Civil rights, but Lincoln's death actually led to a lack of support for Civil Rights, particularly after a difficult reconstruction in the South wrought by radicals who took the lead and took the process in a much of reconstruction in a much harsher direction. I also have to admit that focus on secondary characters and never even hearing Lincoln was a bit of a disappointment, particularly as Lincoln could be as a quite fascinating and a complex character.

Overall, while it's an okay listen, the story could have been so much better.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 1/17/15 6:40 am
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This sees the Doctor, embroiled with the assassination of Lincoln, or will it happen, throw in a massive dollop of Dr Knox and you know from the off that things are not going to be as they should, and they certainly not. We have plethora of the finest English actors to grace the Big Finish canon. The additional Time Lord makes a pleasant return in the shape of Lesley Philips, and of course Maggie Stables who are sublime. Lesley plays the devious Doctor Knox this time getting involved a little bit too much in history, due to a personal issue with his health, and, his impending demise, enter, the alien entity from Pier Pressure once again offering Knox a way out of his end. Our Doctor (Colin) as to foil and step in and prevent what would be a complete disaster that will make history never the same again.


Have you never heard of Alton Towers.... a wonderful quote that Colin trips out at one point makes you laugh out loud.

The quality of the cast is astounding, and the quality of Colin, Maggie and the legendary Leslie Philips makes this a first rate big adventure. A million stars for this one. It also make repeated listening wonderful too.
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Reviewed By: jdhall1971Review Date: 11/27/13 9:54 pm
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It drags. Everyoe enters and leaves the theatre, then the street, then falls asleep, get trapped and swap placed. Pacing is all wrong. Story is too convoluted.