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113. Time Reef

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/24/15 9:38 am
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In Time Reef, writer Mark Platt writes a tale based on Greek legends (particularly Homer) set at a Time Reef where Thomas Brewster sold off several pieces of TARDIS equipment after he stole the TARDIS at the end of The Haunting of Thomas Brewster.

The story shoots a lot of unusual elements. Some of these don't work, but many of them do and enough to keep it interesting. The story never got boring whatever else it might have been, it was not that. I did think the characterization for both the Doctor and Brewster was a bit off particularly in the first episode. Still, this was okay thanks to an imaginative and interesting story.
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Reviewed By: YorickReview Date: 4/2/15 3:10 am
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Nicholas Farrells massive over-acting ruins an otherwise ok story
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 1/25/15 10:57 am
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This is the one that exposes Peter's Doctor as the weakest so far from the Big Finish stable. The story lacks what I consider focus. It also is towing along the Thomas Brewster issue as well. The whole thing feels rushed, both from the writing to the recording, and ultimately does not deliver the quality that we have come to expect form Peter and Sarah in the shape of his Doctor and companion partnership. I must admit that the only performance that seemed to invoke any type of emotional response that start to pull me into the story and want to listen was that of Sean Biggerstaff who played the mysterious creation of the Rhuk!

This story is like filler, it is not for my money a true release, and Big Finish have released freebie's or additional releases with a little bit more to it's quality that this. It is not that any one actor is bad, or puts in a bad performance, it is that the when you add them together this is less than the sum of it's parts. The idea of a Time Reef with a marooned collection of individuals whom all want out, and, the mysterious reef, that, is for ever beckoning to them to a certain death. It is all a bit to garbled for me. Sorry Peter/Sarah you did not deliver for me on this one.
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Reviewed By: Crystal LogicReview Date: 8/3/12 5:34 pm
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I like mark Platt's writing, usually, but a few of his scripts feel as though they were written without a lot of passion or zeal. A part of the problem with this one for me, I think, is that all the "secondary" characters are sort of grandiose, larger than life types, but Peter Davison's Doctor and Nyssa just kind of seem to coast through it all. I feel like Colin Baker would have suited this material better. Baker would have been really indignant with Brewster for nabbing parts of the TARDIS; Davison just kind of sounds annoyed and put out. I enjoyed the lost mariner motif, and thought the Captain was suitably grand and over-the-top. I also admit that having Brewster selling off bits of the TARDIS made me laugh and seemed really true to character. Still, this all felt surprisingly inconsequential, and left me with a vague feeling that the story could have just fluffily floated off somewhere and I wouldn't have noticed.