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4.1 - The Exxilons

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 12/14/15 6:54 am
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The Exxilons were not terribly interesting characters in 'Death to theDaleks' so I was curious to hear what Big Finish were going to do with them here. The local inhabitants the Tarls have been employed by the Locoyuns to build a beacon. The Tarl chief is dissatisfied because his son was killed under the care of the Locoyuns.

The thing that strikes me the most about The Exxilons is the rich musical homage to 'Death to the Daleks'. It also feels very much like a Nick Briggs story with its very linear plot. It isn't bad or boring just very standard. Some of the performances are a bit over the top, but the characters are so cliched that it probably improves and makes them more interesting. It even has the theme of worker disputes running through it just like they used to in the seventies.

I have heard so many good things about the Fourth Doctor Adventures, but I have listened to the first three series and half of the fourth now, and I can't see what all the fuss is about. There have been a fair few good ones, sometimes very good. However, that is only around half the time. This isn’t one of those times, unfortunately.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 8/22/15 2:56 pm
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Nick Briggs wrote this after David Richardson, mentioned the idea, of getting the fourth Doctor interacting with the Exxilons. We start our adventure with a Exxilon getting skewered by a spear thrust into them from Tarl. The Tarl are an undeveloped race who have effectively been enslaved for the building a beacon, a new future for all for the glory of the architect of the Exxilons. Now for the hard core fan we know that they first appeared with Jon Pertwee and of course Nicholas Briggs as a sort of love affair with Death of the Daleks, it comes as no surprise that this production as been put out by Big Finish. The most obvious thing about this release is that Baker, Jameson and Leeson are back together and they do not miss a beat, there is so much nostalgia in this, I could not help but smile to myself with the music in this as well, it so of it's time, and took me right back to Saturday tea time watching in awe at the T.V.


Craking stuff. Loved every minute of it.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/18/15 10:04 am
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The Exxilons is a decently done traditional story that finds the Doctor, Leela, and K-9 landing on a mysterious planet where an alien civilization is doing a building project on a planet populated by a primitive people.

The main cast turns in a decent, but not spectacular performance. The concept is good and you may appreciate this more if you're a fan of the Third Doctor story, "Death to the Daleks." The guest characters are mostly okay though Hugh Ross is a bit over the top as the heavy. The first episode is a bit talky with very little plot developing,but the second episode does pick up the pace.