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1.3 - The Bounty of Ceres

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 5/18/19 5:15 pm
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The Bounty of Ceres makes a strong effort to capture the style and format of the mid-60's stories. It's a 4 parter but episode 1 is largely detached with the action playing out in the TARDIS and only a basic introduction to the main setting for the story. From there we dive into a study in paranoia on a dusty and isolated mining base. The mood is tense and the buildup through the middle two episodes makes for a very engaging listen. Things fall apart a bit at the end, especially with a bond villian-esque monologue describing in detail a scheme that easily could have been written into the plot rather than dumped on us at the end.

The soundscape is mostly good aside from some generic sounding robots; they are robots for sure but lack the unique personality the 60's bots each had in their sound design. I'm coming to love Peter Purves's Hartnell impression as well as he captures lots of the nuance of his delivery down to the occasional line flub.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 2/1/17 4:35 am
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This feels like a black and white adventure. It is very 60's. The kind of adventure Steven and Vicki would have found themselves in.

The setting is the dwarf planet Ceres, a bit before Steven's time. The Tardis crash lands in a small mining colony that evolves into a base under siege story.

There is not much more than that. This would be typical on the mid 60's so it feels like the era it belongs in and that feel is important. Steven does a great first doctor and the writer has presented him well.

Its a small cast, but not much meat on the story.
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Reviewed By: joehurl89Review Date: 6/14/16 3:29 am
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1st doctor, Stephen and Vicki
A great plot, makes a great story, this is one of those, the acting could have been a bit better, but the audio was great, and I would listen to it again, I loved the surprise ending, I kept looking for a ghost in the machine, and it was just a madman. Great, great listen.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/22/16 12:03 am
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A story that’s not without merit. There's a bit of mystery in Parts Two and Three, but the explanation given in the final episode is far from satisfying. The dialogue is a bit stilted and pedantic and below Big Finish’s normal standards. A good performance by Peter Perves and Maureen O’Brien, but otherwise forgettable.