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128. The Eternal Summer

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/9/18 6:28 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

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.
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Reviewed By: sarozReview Date: 5/7/13 4:10 am
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I really enjoyed the complex time-oriented story Jonny Morris devised for this one, and I love - LOVE! - the return of Maxwell Edison from the pages of Doctor Who Weekly (and, coincidentally, my favorite-ever Who strip, "Stars Fell on Stockbridge"). This one would have got an "8" for sure if it wasn't so tied up in the two stories on either side of it, neither of which I enjoyed at all. I recognize that the original intent of the trilogies/mini-season was to present more linked stories, but by and large, it's not an experiment that worked for me. "Castle of Fear" is one of the worst BFs I've ever heard, it just doesn't match my sense of humor at all. Is it mean of me to penalize this story for something that was out of Morris' control? Probably. But it is going to keep me from wanting to pop the CD randomly in my car as I do many others. If that doesn't bother you - this is an absolute keeper, a highly atmospheric sci-fi story and truly recommended.