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200. The Secret History

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Reviewed By: HexagoraDalekReview Date: 12/17/18 5:29 am
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An excellent story. Not a dull moment, leaves you wanting more. Ties up neatly
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/25/18 6:28 am
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Big Finish's 200th release sees the Fifth Doctor changing places with his first incarnation as the TARDIS touches down in the year 540 as the campaign to re-establish Roman Empire has met with success in the conquest of Italy. The Doctor needs to figure out why he's been dragged to his past and save his future from an old foe.

This story works on multiple levels. Writer Eddie Robson manages to capture the feel of a Hartnell historical perfectly while at the same time introducing several wild time travel and science fiction elements to the story which play a critical role without hijacking it. Maureen O'Brien and Peter Purves are spot on as usual and really make the story fun to listen to.

Anniversary and milestone specials are a tricky business, but Big Finish really produced a title that's worthy of being the 200th release and is just a superb listen.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 8/4/15 8:07 pm
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Its not so much a conclusion to a trilogy as a vehicle for a concept that allowed two other stories to be produced.

I had found the previous two releases to be rather average stories that almost seemed to have a doctor forced into a past team for very little reason and very little gain. This is explained quite well in Secret History, which is quite a good story in its own right without needing to hear the preceding two. It begins as a historical (very first doctor style) but then rolls into a timey wimey battle reminiscent of a seventh doctor story. The poor fifth doctor is just trying to hold his ground.

To begin with, this has a great cover with images of Doctor and companions, medusa heads, a chariot race and a monk. Its a well structured cover for a well structured story. You get what you expect, but with some great unexpected moments added in. There are certainly some unexpected motivations.

The acting is great throughout this one and the script is very well written with each episode building to a bigger cliff hanger each time. The episode three cliff hanger is the best Big Finish have done in quite some time.

There are some brilliant scenes in this. Steven's chariot race is exciting and easy to picture. There is a great conversation involving nano-salve where you can so easily picture the faces and emotions of everyone present.

There is also the character of Sophia who reminds me of Rachel, the companion who never was from Architects of History.

At times, I felt I heard echoes of Farewell great Macedon, Library of Alexandria, the Book of Kells, Fires of Vulcan and Architects of History.

This is release 200. This is a celebration of not only the Doctor, but of the Doctor of Big Finish. Mission accomplished.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 7/6/15 2:54 pm
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This has the hallmarks, of have we been here before, we have a Doctor, and, then we have Romans, and we have a struggle for one society to out win another, due, in part to the way that he has arrived slap bang in the middle of a huge part of history that changed society for ever. So no messing around Doctor. However this I am afraid feels and comes across especially early on as wordy and slow, and tired. Dr teaching about the western and eastern Roman empire. I felt like I was back in a 8th year history. Peter, although his telling of this period of time is shall we say enthusiastic it still does not sell it. Also drama that relies on authentic roman names starts to sounds like a heavily pastiche version of a Carry On Film, I was expecting to hear the character Bigus Dickus pop up at some point. Although the introduction as we have had over the last couple of adventure's of the Doctor being cast into his own timeline and with the respective companions is a nice touch, I get the feeling that when they where making the decision of which Dr with which companion then they somehow managed to get this pairing mix muddled some what.

What does not help is that we have an actor who sounds to all intense and purposes like Graham Gardner (the Goodies) and coupled with Lysette Anthony a childhood crush of mine, gets lost in the whole proceedings due to my preoccupation. I read Eddie's additional notes about his thinking on this particular instalment, and his love of Doctor 1 and all thing Hartnell. For that mere four paragraphs alone it told me more about what was going on in the writers mind which bought this story around for me.

The simple fact it is too historically heavy for me, and I found it hard work to sit and enjoy,