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3. Whispers of Terror

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 9/29/18 12:42 am
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This was the earliest Big Finish production that really caught my attention. The concept of a sound monster was fresh and played well into the radio play format. Colin Baker still had a long way to go to winning over audiences after his disastrous television run (not his fault, but subjectively accurate). He takes his first steps to redemption here although they are modestly small steps. His dynamic with Peri is already greatly improved over the television series as well. Not my favorite 6th Doctor audio, or even in my top 20, but an enjoyable story nonetheless.
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Reviewed By: JacobzReview Date: 5/27/18 11:19 pm
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Really fun, well written and acted, takes advantage of the format. Nice story from Big Finish's early days.
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Reviewed By: NewWorldreviewsReview Date: 7/30/17 7:46 pm
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Whispers Of Terror is a surprisingly novel story from Justin Richards that makes full use of the audio medium. While the idea of a creature composed of pure sound may seem dated now, in 1999 it was something that had never been attempted before. And, despite a few mis-steps, it's a pretty decent release for the most part.

One thing that Richards nails is the mid-80's feel that runs throughout the Colin Baker tenure. However, I'd argue this does actually damage the story a bit, because it takes an age for stuff to start happening. Apparently, the first episode was about 45 minutes long, and it's a problem that still hasn't been fixed here. It's also not helped by the interminable music, which, like the Malcolm Clarke or Jonny Gibbs scores of the period, drones on and on. That said, Nicholas Briggs' sound design is fantastic, and really plays on the unsettling feeling that the medium it's being told in lends the story. I also feel that making the sound creature not the villain was a smart move, which would have been the obvious choice to go for in a story like this.

Backed up by some strong performances from Nicola Bryant, Lisa Bowerman and Colin Baker (despite the fact that his Doctor is written very much like the Sixth Doctor of the mid-80's), Whispers Of Terror is a good story that tries to do something that Doctor Who could never do as successfully on television. It's just a shame some of the elements don't quite come together as they should.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 3/12/17 7:07 pm
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A standout success. Justin Richards concocts a tale that doesn't simply take full thematic advantage of the audio format, but one that just wouldn't work in any other medium. And yet it is no mere gimmick. Although the cliffhangers are a bit ropey, the characters, story, and themes are all extremely effective. Special credit, however, must go to the sound design.