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2.2 - Helicon Prime

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 12/2/17 2:41 am
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"Helicon Prime" is a fairly mediocre story combined with a fairly mediocre performance. Oh, I know everyone raves about how well Frazer Hines does the second Doctor, and that's true enough. It's a remarkable impersonation. But to me, that's really not very important. The actor's job in a Companion Chronicle is to perform the story. Being able to do a convincing impression of another actor is a neat trick, and it's impressive in its way, but it has nothing to do with a good performance. Peter Purves didn't sound much like William Hartnell. Certainly, Purves sounded far less like Hartnell than Hines sounds like Troughton. But Purves gave a better performance of that story than Hines did of this one.

To be fair, part of that might be attributable to the fact that "Mother Russia" is just a better story. Frazer Hines certainly doesn't do a bad job with the material her's given. But he doesn't do much to elevate it, either. The end result is that it feels like someone is reading you a story, rather than telling you a story, and that makes all the difference in the world

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/7/15 9:55 am
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This short two episode audio adventure begins with eighteenth century Scot Jamie McCrimmon (whose mind was wiped in War Games) having one of his adventures with the doctor come back to him after a trauma.

The TARDIS ends up on Helicon Prime whose location creates a sense of good will and euphoria that makes it free of aggression. However, a series of murders require the Doctor and Jamie to investigate.

Frasier Hines is tremendous in this with great vocal dexterity. His young Jamie sounds marvelous. Even more laudable is how Hines manages to do a perfect imitation of Patrick Troughton as the second doctor.

Overall was okay. Nothing earth-shattering, just a typical Doctor Who story with a lot of mystery. The twist in the final track was actually pretty remarkable. Overall, this was a very enjoyable production.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 9/16/14 11:37 am
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Coming at this from the perspective of not listening or watching a massive amount of the second Dr, it was interesting for me as a Troughton virgin how I would engage with the story, and the characters, whether I would have needed to have an insight into the story lines of the second incarnation of Dr Who or not. First off, I must say one thing that is outstanding, Frazer Hines, has nailed the Troughton voice in his portrayal of the Dr’s part in this perfectly, to the point of me believing that this was him. In fact I stopped this on [pullquote]A Star Struck Dr, autograph hunting in space[/pullquote]first listen to see if they have not used another actor, but no, it was all Frazer. So a massive well done to him and Big Finish, as it is done with taste and at no time does it come over as being “overdone”. Frazer takes on the role of Jamie, retelling the story in a flashback, after he wakes back in his own time line. The story is one of a murder in space, against the back drop of a Helicon Prime that, due to it’s location, the ability to make everyone feel good, as it is near the Golden Section, which makes everyone on Helicon Prime feel wonderful, alive and happy, it is an exclusive resort, of which the Dr wants to take full advantage of. It is also interesting to see the Dr being like a start struck teenager when he finds that on Helicon is the singer Mindy Voir, who has a voice that can literally tie knots into string, with just her voice. Suzanne Proctor plays Mindy and she adds a good foil to Frazer’s stalwart Jamie. The story is spread over just over 1hr. On arriving we are greeted with what appears to be a murder, for which the Dr gets drawn in to investigate. After the death of another visitor by the name of Parnassas Cluster, and the tip off that Ambassador Dromeo is keeping an eye on the Dr and Jamie, the Dr is intrigued to uncover what is going on, and sends Jamie to have a look around the Ambassador rooms. Whilst Jamie is about to enter the private quarters, Mindy Voir appears. Whilst snooping around, the Ambassador and two others Erlon and Rathan return with the private secretary, to discuss where the treasure from the Fennus rescue mission is. They suspect that Dromea’s possess the rescue mission treasure, but before they can confront him, they both drop dead to the floor, poisoned. The Ambassador, requests his private shuttle. What ensues is a nice uncomplicated plot, with a few twists and turns and the question at the end of how much did the Dr know, and had he been the victor of the spoils, which leaves both unanswered questions with Jamie, only on his coming round, does he realise that the women whom is nursing him to health is Mindy, who believes that Jamie may have known where the Dr has took off too. What I took from this was that it was a nice little simple adventure story, against a the backdrop of the 2nd Doctor, and it plays out maybe for some a little to short, but, overall it delivers. What is astounding for me is that Frazer Hines is a much underrated individual and one that I will certainly be hoping that Big Finish can utilise again in future stories.
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Reviewed By: drsteveReview Date: 8/18/10 9:33 pm
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Superb recreation of the era, and Frazer Hines is excellent. Does one of the best "impersonations" of his Doctor, too.