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Reviewed By: dtomReview Date: 1/29/17 10:24 am
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Of all the Big Finish, stable of Doctors Colin Baker is the one with the biggest point to prove. It is well publicised how the he was unceremoniously dumped by the BBC, and that he refused to return for the usual regeneration scene. He remains one of the least well known and least popular Doctor’s, he came 14th behind Rowan Atkinson (Spoof Doctor) in an IMDb poll.

I must admit I always felt sorry for him. He suffered from a combination of poor scripts, decidedly iffy production decisions and a hostile production company. The decision to make him unsympathetic and unlikable combined with ever changing scheduling, gave Baker, a Doctor Who fan, little chance to shine. This then is his opportunity, and he seizes it with grateful fists.

Writer Justin Richards is another graduate of the Virgin New Adventures and serves up an intriguing plot, with the hook being the big bad is a sound creature, seemingly ideal for audio. Much of the substance deals with political intrigue on an unnamed planet at an unknown time, which is never a gripping setting. The tale is quite dark, centering around murder and revenge. It is not an easy listen, and needs a bit of concentration to follow. However, the plot is still too thin to stretch over the 4 episodes. The big plot twists are somewhat telegraphed and the whole thing lacks pacing, with many scenes feeling like padding. There are also a couple of jarring plot moments which don’t bear too much scrutiny but this is Doctor Who, and the same could be said of most TV stories.
There are some cracking lines including my favorite "We can't stay - the Doctor's clothes are too loud for this Museum" and it’s good to see Big Finish try to play to an audio audience rather than rehash old TV themes but the whole thing lacks a bit of vroom.

Most of cast give decent turns, but it’d Baker who stands centre stage. He is clearly having a ball, and his performance rescues the production. He booms, quotes Macbeth, makes a few in-jokes and steals just about every scene. He portrays the Doctor as a much softer, kinder character than his TV stories. The only quibble I had was the decision to have him mock Peri near the end. It did not sit with the rest of his portrayal. It may have been a misfired in-joke regarding Bryant’s infamous fake American accent. Nicola Bryant for her part, doesn’t have a whole lot to do, but the fact that they don’t have her constantly squabbling with Baker’s Doctor is a move in the right direction. She still puts in the odd one-liner aside but that is fine.

The Soundscape is generally very good, although the sound of typing and general button pushing was over loud. The final explosive scene was very cinematic and well executed.

Overall, this is a solid production, which ticks most boxes without dazzling. It’s certainly worth the price of a cup of coffee. You probably won’t return to it anytime soon but still a decent play.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 2/21/16 11:44 pm
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Now going by the premise of Whispers of Terror, the story sounds like it was meant for an audio drama. It involves the Doctor and Peri arriving at the Museum of Aural Antiquities which is devoted to cataloguing anything in the sound medium where there is this creature made entirely out of sound killing people. There is also political unrest as a popular candidate for Prime Minister who had just died and his running mate Pernell played wonderfully by Lisa Bowerman is trying to take over as like any politician she wants power because she can do it better. Yet the story is written by Justin Richards who is famous for writing traditional Doctor Who stories which can be a good thing but it hurts this story. Whispers of Terror could have been a really experimental story yet only uses the audio medium once or twice to have some twist moments. So yeah the story is one of the weakest elements and it is a real shame as the story could have, no should have really dragged me in and given me social commentary on the nature of politics and how our society views fame and fortune. With that said the audio as a whole does have enough in it to keep it interesting.





First the sound design and music was done by Nicholas Briggs which is masterfully done especially considering it is still the third Doctor Who audio drama. There is a lot of pulsing in the design and some of the music intentionally cuts out just so you can get atmospheric moments in the story. This is helped by the direction done by novelist Gary Russell who does some great work here as he knows where to put in the music to make the story pop and the mixing on the sound is perfect as well.





Second the acting is top notch. Of course this is Colin Baker’s first full audio drama and he was the best part of The Sirens of Time and he is the best part of Whispers of Terror. Baker is just as bombastic as ever in his dialogue delivery and of course he is with Nicola Bryant’s Peri which is where I have any gripes with the performance. This is because in Part One and Part Four he is really antagonistic with her which is even worse than what we got in Season 22. Also Justin Richards doesn’t really do much with Peri and Nicola Bryant’s performance is definitely down to Gary Russell’s direction and Bryant being a good actress. The supporting cast is oddly where the story shines the brightest. You have of course the amazing Lisa Bowerman in a role as political candidate Beth Pernell who is genuinely distinct from her other Big Finish roles. Peter Miles is back in the Doctor Who universe who you may remember from Doctor Who and the Silurians, Invasion of the Dinosaurs, and Genesis of the Daleks. His voice is very distinctive from any of the other voices in the story. Nick Scovell has a minor part in the story and he is great and the sound creature is voiced by Matthew Brehner who is great as the creature takes the form of a politician. Brehner has a very charismatic voice yet sounds almost introverted which is a paradox.
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Reviewed By: PolarityReversalReview Date: 1/16/16 12:35 am
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What can I say, out of all the classic doctors who are featured in the aduio line, good ol' Sixie is seriously amazing. Colin Baker was robbed of the opportunity to shine with bad writing on the television series, but now he has writers actually writing for him and its excellent!
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/31/15 2:44 am
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Superficially, Whispers of Terror is a pretty straightforward story of the Doctor battling a sound creature, a very obvious idea for an audio drama. However, not only is this done convicingly enough, but Whispers of Terror manages to combine elements of horror, mystery, a ghost story, and political intrigue into a very satisfying mix.

This first outing for the Sixth Doctor and Peri for Big Finish has got a very 1980s feel to it during the opening and closing segments with the Doctor and his Companion bickering like in Season 22. However, both turn in a good performance and Peri is given some good material to work with. The guest acting was a bit mixed, though mostly strong with Lisa Bowerman having a good turn as the villain. Overall, a very strong start for ol Sixie.
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