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1. The Sirens of Time

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 9/26/18 2:20 am
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I should preface this by saying that I usually find multi Doctor stories disappointing. Coming to The Sirens of Time after hearing some of Big Finish's later (and far superior) output doesn't do this story any favors. The plot is a bit thin and the acting isn't terrible but also isn't anyone's best. I'm sure it was fantastic as a revival of the TV series when it was released but it's hardly required listening when stacked against everything that came after.
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Reviewed By: clemgeoReview Date: 6/6/18 12:32 pm
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“The Sirens of Time” (“Les Sirènes du temps”) est le galop d’essai de Big Finish et ça s’entend : une histoire brouillonne avec des effets sonores mal dosées. Par curiosité.

Niveau de difficulté : +++
Résumé détaillé : http://www.drwhoguide.com/who_bf01.htm

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Français anglophone et Doctor Who-phile, je me suis lancé en 2017 dans l’exploration des productions de Big Finish. J’espère que mes avis aideront d’autres « whoviens » francophones à sauter le pas.
Voici mon échelle de difficulté :
+ : facile à comprendre
++ : quelques détails m’ont échappé mais cela ne nuit pas à la compréhension générale
+++ : quelques détails clés de l’intrigue m’ont échappé (à compléter par la lecture de résumés en ligne) / peut demander des connaissances en histoire britannique
++++ : une large partie de l’histoire m’a échappé / histoire difficilement audible (déformation de voix, etc.)

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As an English-speaking French Whovian, I threw myself into the exploration of Big Finish productions in 2017. I hope my reviews will help other French-speaking Whovians to take the plunge.

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Reviewed By: SpaceFritter Review Date: 3/24/18 3:25 am
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Personally, I loved this adventure. I was incredibly impressed with BigFinish’s first ever Monthly Title. It really did exceed my expectations. It was wonderful having 3 Doctors together. I was enthralled by this mystery and enjoyed the clever time ideas explored within. The antagonist was original and I felt excited and enthralled right the way through.

The 1st -100 Monthly Main Range Titles are now only $2.99 each to download. That’s incredible for a 2 Hr full-cast production. I’ve rarely, if ever, been disappointed with any of them and I am looking fwd to subscribing to this range, as they’re even cheaper this way. I really am surprised at the quality given how early these were produced in BigFinish’s history. A number even went on to form the basis of stories for the 2005 relaunch of Dr. Who.

If your a budget conscious person you can’t go wrong with beginning your exploration of BigFinish with the 1st 100 Monthly Titles. Other great and affordable ranges incl. Dalek Empire or Gallifrey series.
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Reviewed By: NewWorldreviewsReview Date: 7/30/17 7:17 pm
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The Sirens Of Time is a difficult release to quantify for a number of reasons. Of course, it's the very first Doctor Who release from Big Finish, but it's also a story that's come to have a very mixed reputation. And, while it's not awful, it's not anything to really write home about, and feels like a bit of a missed opportunity.

The story's four episodes each follow their own plot, and some are more interesting than others. The first is far too full of 'quirky characters' and isn't helped by an unsure performance from McCoy. The second is much stronger, featuring Davison trapped on-board a U-Boat in the middle of WWI. There's plenty of promise for the future of historical adventures at Big Finish, and Davison gives an excellent turn, backed up by strong performances from the guests (especially Mark Gatiss). The third episode starts decently, with Colin Baker giving the first of many amazing performances for the company, but soon gets too caught up in the Gallifrey sub-plot and looses focus. And the final episode sees the three Doctors come together on Gallifrey. It's decent, but far too full of people standing around in rooms threatening to do stuff, as opposed to them actually doing it.

Overall, The Sirens Of Time is decidedly average. Sure, there's plenty of promise that Big Finish is a good outlet for Who, and that Nick Briggs will become a very strong writer. However, I feel this is far, far too scattered to be anything other than a flawed start, despite the strong acting from Davison, Baker and Mark Gatiss.