Reviewed By: kfb2014
Review Date: 12/14/15 1:01 pm
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To start with I have not read the book that this is based upon. I have read somewhere how the author did not immediately relish the idea of taking his story to that of becoming a dramatic production, which either tells you that he didn't want his work to be re-arranged, or perhaps he felt that it was better left as a book, and not a dramatic theatrical work. So for the uninitiated of us who have just this audio to go by then what we have is a splendid, almost indulgent chocolate box of delights which takes the world of Sherlock and mashes it up with the World of Who. So we are greeted with the skills of Sylvester as No 7, Briggs as Holmes, a good dose of Bernice Summerfield in the shape of Lisa Bowerman and Richard Earl as Watson, and not forgetting Sophie Aldred as ACE. Add to that a cast of quite stupendous standing as well and you are in for a treat, regardless of those that will make the comparatives. There is a definite and obvious Holmes centric start to this four parter. For the most part, there is a great deal of the action going on in Holmes, London, town, we are slowly introduced to the Dr as part of the ongoing proceeding of the story. The story also roams around the globe, and the final part which is based in the Indian subcontinent, then there for me is a massive second Indiana Jones film crossover going on, especially the part where in the film they all sit down to feast on monkey brains and baked snakes with eels stuffed. However that comparative aside, this is a massive, blockbuster, type filmes que' quality throughout the whole proceeding, and from start to finish, there is a definite feel that the story is massively more than your normal run of the mill. There is a slight amusing element when ACE and her figure hugging rubber suit (this is the part for all you BSDM Who fans) is referred to as "obscene" by Watson. It did make me take a moment, as Sophie I have always found one of those underrated sex sirens that have graced the Doctor Control Panel in his TARDIS (now this is starting to sound like a Carry On Film review). McCoy, Alderton, Bowerman, Earl and Briggs are doing this I think without breaking a sweat, that is apparent, they are far more than just seasoned professionals at this, it is, like just shifting gear and getting into the groove, you sort of get the feeling now that these guys, are like a band that has hit that part of their career where they don’t need to practice, it all just slots into place and works.
The basis of the story is summed up quite simply as Alien race needing a new place to reside, intertwined with ancient religious mystery's. Then couple that with a good does of timey whimey Who element and you have what is essentially a rip roaring, boys old adventure story. I thoroughly enjoyed this and as this is a Christmas release, I sort of understand the need to release this around this time as it will make a great escape from the normal Christmas noise that is passed for entertainment. So treat yourself and purchase "All Consuming Fire" but for me, I think after having the benefit of listening I would probably now read the book.