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4.3 - Nevermore

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/15/15 9:57 pm
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Nevermore stars out a bit uncertain with a cat running into the TARDIS and sending the TARIDS to a strange plan where Tamsin chases the cat and Doctor chases Tamsin to a house where his lives depend on his ability to recite, &quot;The Raven&quot; by Edgar Allen Poe.

Yet, Nevermore doesn't turn into some sort of daft comedy. Instead, the Doctor and Tamsin run into real life horror in a Poe-themed prison where they encounter a mass murderer who destroyed all life on an entire planet, a monster that claws people to death, and a mad prosecutor whose twisted brain came up with the idea of an Edgar Allen Poe themed prison.

The story is incredibly atmospheric. While some of the Poe quotes may be a bit much, usually it works within the context of the story which is a testimony to Poe's genius. It also seems to have a clue about a nefarious time-travelling renegade up to no good in time and space and a past action of the Time Lords. The soundscape on this is also incredibly impressive and one of the best I've heard from Big Finish. There are some good relationship-building the Doctor and Tamsin. Most of the comedy bits (particularly those sprinkled throughout the last half of the story) work pretty well.

Despite an iffy start, this is yet another very strong Series 4 story.
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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 6/8/13 9:45 am
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The first time I listened to this story I was a little apprehensive, because I don't know much about the works of Edgar Allan Poe. I guess this trepidation rather spoilt my enjoyment and I took an immediate dislike to this adventure. However, on my recent relisten to series 4 of the EDAs I decided to give it another chance and to just take the story for what it is. This worked very well for me and I discovered an interesting little tale in Nevermore. There are some nice twists and reveals and a rather good build up of tension, which make this quite intruiging to listen to.
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Reviewed By: EiphelReview Date: 7/5/12 11:22 pm
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Nevermore is not a terrible tale, but is rather noisy and confused. The desire to draw on Poe is executed rather haphazardly, simply lifting slabs of stories and throwing them into a pot full formed, with a thin narrative justification and little semblance of a through line. I'll echo the sentiment of others that it's self indulgent. At the same time, if you strip away the Poe-etic set dressing you get a plot that's somewhat thin on the ground.

It's not utterly creditless. The Doctor is (possibly) manipulated by the Time Lords, and we hear some pleasing snatches of Gallifreyan interference from times past. Meanwhile Fenella Woolgar puts in a splendid turn as Wendigo, just about managing to keep the whole thing interesting. The sombre woman's peculiarly homely relationship to her prison and her guards is somewhat interesting, and the ironic nature of her imprisonment is pleasing. As for Poe, the little historical subplot involving the man himself is ultimately pointless, but fun nevertheless.

I don't think this story develops Tamsin quite as fast as it could have done. She has quite a compressed arc, and this story feels a bit too idle in defining her character. She clicks along with the Doctor quite naturally (and McGann is still enjoying himself), but is mostly doing basic companion stuff here.

Kind of loud and shouty, and a shade incoherent, Nevermore is a bit of a soup of runny ideas, with occasional croutons of interest. 5/10
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Reviewed By: jolyonReview Date: 5/20/12 7:56 am
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A story well contained to two episodes. Enjoying the Doctor and Tamsin together and thought that the first episode held up a well paced reveal to an idea that is all very silly. For any Edgar Allan Poe, I'll turn to the Textbook Stuff release as a preference to an Eighth Doctor Adventure. But, once you put to silliness of it all on one side, the story holds together and has a great supporting cast.