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The Last Adventure - The Brink of Death

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/25/15 9:33 am
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The Sixth Doctor faces his final minutes as the Valeyard replaces him on the TARDIS and the Doctor disappears into the Matrix with only minutes left to find out what has happened and thwart the Valeyard's plan.

In some ways, the story is reminiscent of Logopolis, with a vague bit of pseudo science and time travel at the core of the Valeyard's plans. However, the Brink of Death is far richer tale as it's draped in mystery and suspense. It also maintained a solid emotional core. While Mel is barely in the story, the Doctor forms a strong link with the young time lady Bella who helps in the Matrix. Though she faces an uncertain fate, the way the Doctor connected with her really is a powerful part of this story.

In addition, we're treated to a revelation of how the Valeyard was created and it's a different origin than the Valeyard gave in, "Trial of the Valeyard" but I never really bought that story and what we're presented here is far more plausible. The Doctor has some choice words on the Valeyard as the story plays out.

As for the final scene, it was moving and evocative. It brings a nice balance to the Sixth Doctor's era. In "The Twin Dilemma," the Sixth Doctor began as the most arrogant and egotistical of Doctors, and then has matured throughout the TV era and Big Finish so that in the end, he sacrifices himself in an act of quiet heroism that saves the Time Lords and which not even he remembers.

While there are a few slow moments in the middle, the mystery and the solid ending make this a fine final story. Overall, the Last Adventure may be one of the best box sets Big Finish has ever done. The box set format provides a remarkable scale to the adventure while still tell four entertaining and quite ripping stories.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 8/24/15 11:27 pm
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Words really don't describe how amazing this conclusion to The Sixth Doctor with a story that sees Old Sixie literally have six minutes to make everything right in a situation where the Valeyard has won with no way out. Mel doesn't know who the Doctor is and the Doctor meets up with Time Lady Genesta who helps him through. Genesta eventually turns out not to be who she says she is but it isn't who I thought it would be as throughout the story she quoted the Doctor by calling the Valeyard things like railyard, brickyard, and scrapyard. The story explains how all of the other stories in this set connect and in a really big way. The writing is perfect especially with the regeneration and I appreciate what they did with Sylvester McCoy's cameo being the Doctor's mind telling him that everything would be fine in a way comparable to the Tenth Doctor's regeneration, but done right. The Doctor saves the companion, destroys the Valeyard and in doing so dies while being shot down on to Lakyrsha by the Rani. Just don't expect Kate O'Mara to cameo in the final moments. The Doctor also gets about five minutes as he is slowly dying with Mel unconscious to pay tribute to himself in a soliloquy that brought me to tears. GET THIS AUDIO NOW, you will not regret it.
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Reviewed By: yellafever99Review Date: 8/23/15 9:04 am
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Television take note - THIS is how you do a regeneration story! Just perfectly beautiful