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3.6 - Destroy the Infinite

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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 9/28/18 9:45 am
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A fun romp which has crisp sound and I found easy to listen too.
The eminence is a good for.
The side cast is satisfactory, nothing amazing but no poor acting.

7/10 for a good typical doctor who
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 12/5/15 7:57 am
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'Destroy the Infinite', by Nick Briggs, is the Doctor Who equivalent of a James Bond title. It's sort of poetic and yet at the same time vague. There is also a larger than life villain, The Eminence, who makes his subjects consume a substance known as the breath of forever, so they can become Infinite Warriors.

The story itself lacks the pizzazz of a bond film, it's clunky rather than innovative and there is definitely more grit than glamour about this hard biting parable. The Doctor sets on a mission to free the subjugated inhabitants of the planet Delphos. There are the usual trigger-happy commanding officers and downtrodden freedom fighters. it's fast moving, there are no obviously bad performances and the production values are of a high standard, but this is all well-worn ground for Doctor Who.

There is a lot to like about this, but I feel the writing lets it down; even so I would say this above average in most ways and certainly never boring. If it's boring then it fails as entertainment, but this is no unbridled success. It's done well and there are worse ways to spend an hour or so, I just won't be revisiting it anytime soon.
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Reviewed By: RyanOM1991Review Date: 8/31/14 7:06 am
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Entertaining but not the origin story that was hoped for.

Don't get me wrong - Destroy the Infinite is a decent story. Its entertaining, fast-paced and action-packed. But that tends not to work in its favour.

The Eminence have been a growing threat for the Doctor - probably the best original villain in years - so their origin story would have to match that. Despite some early scenes showing promise, the story doesn't seem as reflective as it should. The menace of the Eminence and the consequences of their existence just aren't fully explored.

Instead, we get a Star Wars-esque adventure in space, with the Doctor trying to take down the Infinite - the Eminence's colossal spacecraft - from within. We are encouraged to believe that the Doctor is possessed. Unfortunately, his performance really doesn't convince, unlike Colin Baker's in The Seeds of War.

There also doesn't seem to be much point in having the Doctor possessed as there is no real denouement. The Sixth Doctor portrayed it as being one of the darkest and most traumatic events of his lives. Here, the Doctor isn't even fully possessed. He doesn't even do anything traumatic. He just stands on the Infinite and gives orders. There was so much potential for the Doctor to do something that would have real consequences, but it just gets left in the gutter.

Most of the performances are average, apart from a couple of cast members (Louise Jameson and the unfortunate warrior possessed by the Eminence at the beginning of the story.) They're all caricatures of World War 2 characters, which doesn't work in a story that should explore the darkness and gravity of the rise of the Eminence. More down to the writing than the acting, most likely.

Fluffy and entertaining. Quite a letdown. Good enough, but a victim of severe overhyping,
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 7/19/14 5:26 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The production of this audio is stunning, I have been listening to a lot of Big Finish over the last couple of months and this is by the far, the strongest in regard to it's sound scape. I would go as far, the almost hypnotic and layered luxury of the recording, it literally just takes you there. Close your eyes and just let the actors do their things, and the whole thing becomes alive.

The story is very strong, one of the best I have listened too, there is a lot of content. A excellent new enemy is introduced to the Dr in the shape of the Eminence. A enemy that takes over the minds and bodies of the inhabitants turning them into the puppets of the Eminence, there one aim complete control of the planet.

I don't want to give away too much in regard to the story, I think it deserves you as the listener to find out for themselves.This is a first rate story, one that I have now listened to three times from start to finish. Excellent.