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128. The Eternal Summer

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 3/6/19 10:11 pm
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With its predecessor audio story "Castle of Fear" ending on a surprise cliffhanger, 'Eternal Summer' continues the Stockbridge trilogy with a more cerebral story that plays with time itself. The Doctor and Nyssa wake up in the town under mysterious circumstances where everyone seems to have known them for as long as they can remember. Roles have been assigned to them in the town but they seem to be jumping between specific events in time in a Groundhog's Day kind of way. Something strange is happening in the village and the whole town appears to be in on it but a young man with a past connection to the Doctor might be able to help, that is if the ghosts don't take them both first.

If "Castle of Fear" was Doctor Who meets "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", then 'Eternal Summer' represents what Doctor Who meets 'Twilight Zone'. Its soundscape is elegant and mysterious in a way that keeps you guessing and intrigued and it pulls several big punches in that similar vein that you won't see coming. But at the same time, a good majority of the plot is a tad confusing. There is not just the plot device from the previous story at play but also a new force at work within the scenario and it's hard to tell what's related to what and how at various points. It all ends up working before the end in a decent climax and another good cliffhanger for the third story but it takes a long while to get there and it spoils the exceptional first half that was built up by a great atmosphere and a good end-of-first-half twist.

Most of the cast is great and Davison and Sutton both continue to be good as our TARDIS duo. But the titular Maxwell Edison who has a history in the Doctor Who comics is, unfortunately, the weak link and not served much by the story. I've heard that he's better on the page and honestly I would believe it because he seems to only be here to tease diehard fans and nothing else. Some of the drama between villagers in Stockbridge also falls a little flat for me but the score is subtle and well used, the production is still fine, and the direction very solid. As the story went on, I found myself spacing out and just enjoying the cast go through the obvious motions before all was said and done and I really liked that about it even as the drama was going on.

Most reviewers who go through this trilogy of Stockbridge stories regard this one as the highlight of the three in quality and effort. I wouldn't go that far as I think it has just as many issues as 'Castle'. But 'Eternal Summer' is still really good and I can see why so many people like this one as much as they do as it's a fun little cerebral tale that's supported by a good soundscape and a great team. 
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/9/18 6:28 am
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The Stockridge trilogy continues as the Doctor and Nyssa find themselves in Stockridge with set roles and the inhabitants inform they've been there as long as they can remember. The beginning has a great sense of mystery and a very eerie Twilight Zone feel to it as the time-related explanation for what's going on in Stockridge is revealed. The story also takes Max Edison out of the Comics and brings him to audio.

This story manages to tell an intriguing time-related tale while also injecting some emotional weight into the proceedings. The story's free wheeling narrative and take on time makes it easier to keep track of and enjoy. Overall, one of the stronger Fifth Doctor sets.

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 2/12/15 1:38 pm
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And the fun continues, with this the second part to the trilogy of Stocksbridge stories with the 5th Doctor and Nyssa getting caught up in the trials and tribulations of the village. We pickup from the ending of the previous release, and find the Doctor and Nyssa deeply rooted into the urban life of the village, however, there is something amiss when time seems to repeat and reply itself constantly, and also when the year that you are actually in, can change dependent on the time of the day. People do not die, they merely exist on the edge of life, are they dead or are they alive, are they actually experiencing reality or not, Nyssa finds a way out, but the Doctor is left stranded in this nightmare prison, confronted with his own reality and potential future it soon becomes apparent that this is a far bigger scheme than just a rip or tear in the time continuum.

This is right on the money, picks up with pace, and delivers like the first installment with aplomb. It never seems to slow down, and gives the cast plenty of opportunity to shine, Peter and Sarah are once again on top form and Peter especially drives the whole thing with real gusto. The other shining star in this Mark Williams who shows why he is such a good stage, screen and now audio actor. I liked the way that they worked the character of Maxwell Edison into this, and, his cheeky brummie accent adds something making the character his own in some respects. It is good how Big Finish have worked the canon of DW Comic release characters and given them a stage here in this production. Overall this just left me desperately wanting to hear what happens next, so well done Big Finish, you delivered again.

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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 7/4/13 8:02 pm
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It seems that in the previous story (that I have never listened to) the Doctor causes an explosion (which I initially assumed was on the TARDIS) that releases an army of groundhogs on Stockbrdge. I never quite undertood this and never really figured out what I should have known from the last story and what was just weird goings on.

"I've seen Groundhog Day a hundred times. Kind of ironic really" Best line in the story. Most of the groundhogs are running from their shadows, the others are running from each others' shadows and getting in each others' way with more than one Bill Murray being caught in their wake.

I also found Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton sounding less than their best and I'm not sure the direction was up to the vision of the story. There are some good ideas being explored here making it good science fiction, but the execution lets it down.