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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 12/3/18 4:43 pm
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After a strange little adventure in Medieval England that's widely considered to be a high point for the Lost Stories (which I've already listened to and reviewed in another Back Catalog), "The Hollows of Time" picks up with the Sixth Doctor and Peri after a long holiday to visit an old friend in a quiet English village. Problem is is that their memories are fading in and out and some strange things have been happening around the town that are causing problems in time and space. There are strange creatures out on the sand dunes nearby and there's a nearby genius growing a cult following with his experiments. What is really going on and how are all of these things connected?......that's a bloody good question because 'Hollows of Time' is not only incomprehensible but pretty damn bad all things considered. There are seeds of a great story here as there is a rather clever structure to it within the first few minutes that's sort of clever and the presence of a Fifth Doctor villain that we haven't seen much of before could've been fascinating. But the plot and premise are so convoluted and the structure of the narrative is so broken that I had to look up several synopses on other sites just to figure out what was going on. It's clear that none of the cast knows what's going on either as the acting here from the cast doesn't feel at all natural or flowing. There is so much heavy-handed exposition, second-hand account narration, and dialogue descriptions in this one that it might as well have been a pure audiobook rather than an audio drama. The big villain in the character of Professor Stream is also frustrating as it was clearly and obviously intended to be Anthony Ainley's Master. But the script takes great lengths to avoid spelling that out for legal reasons at the time and what could've been a decent reveal turns out to be an incredibly frustrating cocktease. The only thing I can say that's decent here is that both Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant are at least trying with what they are given. But Peri is forced to babysit a side character for a good chunk of the story which gets annoying really fast and the Doctor's intellect feels lost and out of place here. Combine that with a dull soundscape and some frankly good awful acting by some of the side cast and it makes 'Hollows of Time' a complete and utter disaster. It's a shame because Christopher Bidmead has written decent stuff before with "Castrovalva", "Logopolis", and "Frontios" under his belt as relatively decent stories. But this story is a complete waste of time from beginning to end and a new low for the Sixth Doctor and Peri. The only thing that saves it from being the worst Sixth Doctor story in canon that I can think of is the existence of "The Twin Dilemma".
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Reviewed By: BlueboxReview Date: 2/12/18 10:10 pm
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It’ll be hard to review this story, I don’t really think I ever got hold of the plot or what was happening. The little kids voice was clearly an older women trying to do a little boy and it really grated on me how fake it sounded.
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Reviewed By: FlyingTigerComicsReview Date: 8/30/15 11:50 pm
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This is a substantial rewrite and alteration to a Lost Story, to get around licensing and clearance issues.

As a result, whatever one may make of the "Stream" character (hint: it's an anagram) who is never identified, and the use of Tractators presumably hundreds of millions of years before their apparent home time, overall the framing device makes it interesting, and there's nothing wrong with the story. The plot however, makes not too much sense. You are presented with its framework, you accept it or you don't.

One for completists.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/11/15 9:22 am
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The Hallows of Time was greenlit for Season 23 and was written by Christopher Bidmead who wrote, "Logopolis," "Castrovalva," and "Frontios." Like those stories, there's a bit of really wonky science at the core of the story. Unlike those stories, there's nothing compelling about, "The Hallows of Time."

To be fair, the story starts okay but loses steam, before becoming almost incomprehensible with even Colin Baker saying on the extras that after two days of performing the script, he still didn't fully understand it. As I was listening to the story, it felt like, "Time Lash" only far more dry and flat and I think if it'd been mad that's pretty much would have been given the production budget of the times.

To be fair, the cast does as good as job as possible. Baker gives a solid performance. Susan Sheridan is great in playing the little boy Simon. The rest of the cast is likable enough.

Big Finish does what they can with it, but the way the lost stories line works, it's not really their job to improve the stories but to adapt them, to recreate the feel of them as best they can over audio and I think by that measure, they succeeded in giving listeners a chance to hear a story that was approved for the lost Season 23. Unfortunately, it's a story that mainly served to prove the weakness of the Doctor Who creative team of the time.