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Reviewed By: GibbyBloggerReview Date: 4/15/16 4:02 pm
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Another Morris masterpiece with excellent performances all round by the cast!

Never been the biggest fan of Adric, but together with 'Iterations of I'... he's actually growing on me. If we had more stories like these during the Fifth Doctor's early years, I might not have cheered as much at the end of 'Earthshock'.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 8/14/15 7:31 pm
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Psychodrome is the first story of the Fifth Doctor Box Set and is written by Jonathan Morris. It is most remarkable far the return of Matthew Waterhouse to the role of Adric which really could have gone spectacularly wrong as Season 19 is where Adric's character became insufferable. As Big Finish have done with Bonnie Langford's Melanie Bush, here Adric is toned down from his know it all attitude and becomes a much more likable character. It also helps that Matthew Waterhouse has improved as an actor and doesn't come off as awkward like he did on television.

On another note the script from Jonathan Morris is great, giving us a story that is able to emulate the Season 19 feel yet takes out most of the flaws of the era. It even is sort of an homage to Castrovalva except done one thousand times better as it uses the situation to develop characters and connect Castrovalva to Four to Doomsday better. That is also the problem with the story, we've seen it all before so sadly it can't receive a full ten, but gets a nine for not being line for line Castrovalva and keeping a lot of things mixed up.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 6/13/15 4:43 pm
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Psychodrama has the immediate feel of a early 1990's episode Morris lays on thick dollops of nostalgic scifi that feel's of that time when Adric was around. The story itself however finds the timelord and his companions landing in a alien world where things start to feel, and sound a little too familiar. As a listener and to the observant it becomes apparent that there is a very subtle mimicry going on here that gives you the feeling that the people and places that the famous four are encountering are nearer to themselves than they realise, well that is until the Doctor realises.this for them all.

The performances here I for one was expectant after all this is the re-introduction of Adric to the timeline, so would that number crunching nerd bring that awkward feel that he did so well all those years ago, well the answer is that hats off to Matthew Waterhouse as he as bought the awkward teenage back to life, no mean feet for someone who is trying to act 20+ years younger than his part. I was more amazed at Matthew's ability to pull this off than I was at the character return. I don't know whether Morris as nailed the character as I remember it, I did watch a few episodes of classic Doctor to refresh my recollection of Adric. But Matthew pulls it back and it gives you a little smile. Peter is more of the 90's No.5 than when he is doing the main range stuff, which I found odd, I would have thought he would have continued with the more involved No.5 that he has been allowed to become over the last 100 odd releases in the Doctor Who from Big Finish. Whether this is a "special release" is debatable, for me it felt more like a Main Range Release, so for Big Finish to give this so much promotion I think unfortunately this first release falls a little flat. Lets hope the second one delivers a little bit more.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/13/15 9:14 am
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"The Psychodrome" has the Fifth Doctor's original TARDIS crew of Adric, Tegan, and Nyssa landing on a strange world soon after the events of Castrovalva. The crew find four different groups of inhabitants on the world and it quickly becomes apparent that the dreams, fears, and prejudices of the TARDIS crew are coming to life.

This is a good premise. While similar concepts have been done in Doctor Who as well as other Science Fiction, this has a great twist with a special bit of menace in it, with a particularly brilliant cliffhanger at the end of Part Three with a reveal of who one of these characters represents. We also get a lot of character development for a crew that never really never had time for it in the 1980s as well as some foreshadowing of future stories.

On the negative side, it could be said that a few of the emotional explanations seemed simplistic. Also, we're never given a satisfactory explanation for why this place exists. It's there because...character development. Still, I give writer Jonathan Morris credit for delving into the relationship between characters who were underdeveloped on television