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206. Shield of Jotunn

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 11/18/18 8:32 pm
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After a brief lapse of personality in Planet of the Rani I was happy to welcome back Mrs. Constance Clark in all her formidable WREN glory in this story. Constance steals the show as she and The Doctor navigate an increasingly improbable plot of transmat Vikings and frost giants. As an American listener I appreciate that Big Finish found native speakers to make the American accents authentic even if some of the dialogue is less colloquial. The story is big on ideas and hits more than it misses resulting in a better than average but less than phenomenal audio.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/8/18 12:29 am
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Shield of the Jotunn is the type of story that Big Finish does a lot. It involves the Doctor and Constance plopping themselves down in the midst of a corporate project in a remote location where an alien horror is about, and a somewhat overbearing ecological message. Even though the plot has played out dozens of times before, it can still make for an interesting two hours of listening if it manages to offer an interesting twist.

Where Shield of the Jotunn manages to stand out because of its character work. This episode is the first time where I feel like I really got to see the Doctor and Constance work off each other and it's lovely. It reminds me a little bit of Evelyn Smythe. The characters of Macht and Zetterling are surprising because initially, it looks like they're just going to be evil capitalist and scientific henchwoman, but we get surprised in a way that Big Finish Doctor Who rarely does. In fact, it was funny when another character a guessed a scenario was going on that was like so many other releases.

As an American, I appreciated that Big Finish went to the trouble of getting Americans to play the American parts.

The plot is also a nice blockbuster, taking full advantage of the unlimited visual effects budget of the human imagination. The music was good, although in at least one conversation, it was a little intrusive. Overall, while this was like a lot of other releases it did do enough to set itself apart and make it an enjoyable conclusion to this trilogy.

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Reviewed By: YorickReview Date: 10/28/16 9:38 am
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A thoroughly enjoyable release with just the role of Hugo being oddly performed at times. I am now convinced more then ever that Louise Jameson has some dirt on Nick a rigs as she appears in all BF stuff and in this one she directs and gives herself a role. Her ego knows no bounds
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 12/11/15 7:16 am
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It seems an age since I last listened to a Dr Who Release, that wasn't a special, or a new range boxed set, or some other wonderment from the people at Big Finish. But here we are roughly a month from the last, with a brand new spanking release with No.6 and the ever more fascinating new companion of Mrs Constance Clarke, who, is fast feeling like she as been around as long as the Doctor, so hats off to Miranda Raison here for slotting in perfectly. It is also interesting to learn that Louise Jameson as performed the part of Director for this release. Something she has done, as she mentions in the extras a few times for stage, but, I think the first Dr Who release in the main range that she has managed. Once again a fine job is achieved, and, with her almost inbuilt Who knowledge it lends itself to the material, and so she gets the best out of the actors. Although directing Colin to be the Doctor is a little of a redundancy as I suspect he can do this in his sleep.

On with the story, after the initial shock of this not being a boxed set, special release, one off, Nu Who disk, you quickly fall into the lovely warmth and feel of a main release, god I have missed these. What ensues is a 2 hour dramatic, audio, entertainment, with No.6 his new companion Mrs Clarke. Their has been an attempted invasion of earth by the Talessh however on their arrival on earth have met with a hoarding mass of Viking warriors who quickly put pay to their attempts. To prevent further intrusions the Vikings decide to take the method of transportation of these Aliens as far away from harm as they can that being what we learn to be a shield type device, the shield is in fact a time portal. The shield is a travelling bus stop (the Doctors words not mine). The Vikings end up dying and worn out in the deserts of Arizona, with the time portal/shield and so they end their lives by burying themselves and the shield deep in the earth, for time to forget all that has happened. This is just a temporary suspension of the aliens invasion, however due to the tinkering of Dr Hugo Macht and his science officer Professor Lisa Zetterling they have, with the combined efforts of their geophysical contraptions managed to reawaken the invasion. With the Doctor and Mrs Clarke being pulled of course due to the archon energy abounding out of the now newly restarted shield, then, it is not long before we are thrown head long into the real reason why the Talessh are coming to Earth. The Doctor, the Vikings, and Mrs Clarke are set to save the world from certain disaster.