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4.7 - The Suffering

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Reviewed By: XxDachshundxX Review Date: 3/9/19 7:55 pm
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

I go to and fro on The Suffering. Sometimes I really enjoy it, other times it fails to draw me in. After just listening to it, I shall weigh up the pros and cons.

Pros:
- Incredible chemistry between Steven and Vicki
- Slow paced, which I appreciate
- Interesting villain.
- The setting is well realised
- Jac Raynor's writing is superb
- Funny moments, like the Doctor's driving
- Great commentary on the Suffragette Movement

Cons:
- Parts Three and Four are enjoyable, but are basically exposition
- You need to constantly pay attention to understand the story
- I feel that it's a bit convenient that they dispose of the skull and then discover that there's still part of it in London so they have to go there, even when they are already planning to go there.

In between:
- Raynor attempts to tie this story to Galaxy 4 by teasing that the aliens might be Drahvins. As this story is set before Galaxy 4, it doesn't really work. It would also have been nicer if it was confirmed that they are drahvins instead of giving us clues like 'we overthrew all men and we now breed by cloning' and 'I left galaxy 4 to go to...' I do like that this tie is made, but the way it is handled it not well done.

So its a pretty good story, I will admit, and besides all the cons, I do really enjoy it.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/12/17 6:32 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Doctor, Steven, and Vicki arrive in Sussex in 1912 where a strange skull is thought to be the missing link, the suffragette movement is on the rise, and Vicki encounters a strange influence.

The story is expertly balanced by writer Jacqueline Rayner. The story, including the charming framing device of Steven and Vicki arguing about the recording, really plays off the charm of the Hartnell era which ultimately came down to the likability of the actors. The first half is generally very light as we get to hear Steven as a fish out of water in early twentieth century England and dealing with the Doctor's driving skills. The second half is a bit more serious. It has it's lighter moments but it gets very emotional when dealing with the history of the suffrage movement in the U.K. Rayner's script manages to be ham-fisted or over the top and also is clear about some of the movement's excesses.

Overall, this is a wonderful example of this range at its best.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 12/11/15 7:18 am
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A companion chronicles release. Starring Peter Purvis as Steven (characterisation of the Doctor) and Maureen O'Brien as Vicki. Again Peter, plays the dual parts within the story, and shared the narration of the tale with Maureen. The story is split into two parts across the 2 hours that this story runs out. The almost quaintness of these stories lies I think in the way that Big Finish have managed to develop a enjoyable and entertaining story, that, offers you the feel of those early Doctor adventures of Hartnell's years. The most outstanding thing about this release, is the soundscape that is used to great effect to make what essentially is a two actor narrative, and makes it sound as though it is a full cast release. It for me in this release adds that factor that elevates this from mediocre to superb.A tough element of history of the suffrage of women's rights, doesn’t immediately lend itself to being the thing of science fiction, however, the way that Jacqueline Rayner as managed to do is first rate. The method of using an alien with an overriding and obvious predominant female gender, wanting to rid the world of the male of the species is fascinating and adds an element of almost dark, evil. The alien entity using Vicki and other females as a vessel, a vehicle to promote the cause of both her need to establish a home, on earth, by taking the timely opportunity of the suffrage times of the early part of the new century subterfuge, a veiled, a masked trojan horse of a way of telling a story, coupled with a remarkable part of our history.Rather more than just a Who story, more a very well crafted audio drama.

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Reviewed By: jduteauReview Date: 3/5/12 9:52 pm
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A wonderful story with a vicious alien. A great idea to have Vicki and Steven alternate telling the story and the arguing between them added much to the episode.