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1.2 - The Great White Hurricane

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Reviewed By: TigerSamuraiReview Date: 2/7/19 4:24 pm
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This was a difficult one to give a number rating for. I really enjoy this one quite a bit and I think it's my favorite of the historicals from the First Doctor Adventures, but The Barbarians and the Samurai could supplant it depending on my mood.

It's probably one of Claudia Grant's stronger outings as Susan, tho Tick-Tock World will take the top spot for now. The supporting cast is good, though the accents did grate a little upon my first listen, they bothered me far less on my second go round. Bradley is fun as the Doctor and the relationship with Susan is highlighted well. Ian and Barbara are served well, but nothing spectacular. That said, Barbara's realization of when and where they are is played very well and heightens the tension of the story nicely.

The overall soundscape and special effects work very well. It probably helped that both times I gave this a listen snowstorms hit Chicago, but I could easily visualize the blizzard and "feel" the cold.

A fun historical that felt like it could've sat beside any of the early Hartnell era. Paired with The Destination Wars, it is easy to see why a lot of folks raved about the first box set of the FDAs. That said, I'll give it a 7 rather than an 8 as there are other stories I would rank higher, but not go 9 for. Perhaps a 7.5... 7.75? Either way, it's worth a listen and probably a top 3 or 4 of the FDAs.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 12/6/18 8:14 pm
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The First Doctor, Barbara, Ian, and Susan (as played by the cast from "An Adventure in Space and Time") land in New York 1888 during a great blizzard that froze the East Coast of America and Canada. When the group is split from each other due to various incidents involving a shooting, gang violence, and struggles for survival, it turns the narrative into a major search to find each other before each member of the TARDIS team is killed or freezes to death in the blazing storm. The soundscape and script are some of Guy Adams' best work and it gives you quite literal chills with the way the winds blow through the audio. In the end, however, 'Great White Hurricane' is a very human story that focuses on very personal elements and connections between people in the face of the chaotic winter madness outside. The way that each member of the cast relate to each other is what really drives this story from the care and devotion the First Doctor shows for his granddaughter and companions to the connection that Susan ends up finding with a young mobster to the growing connection between Ian and Barbara that makes itself more apparent when Ian is shot and put out of commission for a good chunk of the tale. All of the cast are great with David Bradley really getting to exemplify the First Doctor's more caring and nurturing side and the side cast are all interesting with more going on to them than meets the eye. Like most First Doctor stories, it does have a much slower pacing than most and there were plenty of moments that were meant to come across as bigger shocks than they actually do. Some of the plot points are fairly obvious and compared to other First Doctor stories with this team, it's definitely one of the weaker ones. However, the passion and heart behind this tale are still very much present and it's better than many of the TV Hartnell historicals we have. If you want an imperfect but still interesting piece of history with a great team to chill you beside the fire, 'Great White Hurricane' definitely fits the bill.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 4/16/18 1:15 am
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The TARDIS lands in the middle of the overture to Westside Story and the crew discover the gangs of New York are kind hearted lovable rogues. If you can get your head past that, the story moves into a very good historical drama.

The TARDIS cast are excellent in their recreation of the key roles, though the supporting cast with their New Yoik accents are a bit much.

The bulk of the story is set against the backdrop of the great white hurricane, a historical event I had never heard of, so I was dependent on Barbara to learn about this. Its a good thing she was a history teacher, though I doubt this storm would have made it into the British curriculum.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/13/18 5:58 am
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With this story, this alternate cast comes into their own with a tremendous historical set during the Great Blizzard of 1888. It's a great story that doesn't feature major historical characters, but rather helps us connect with ordinary people who find themselves trapped in the blizzard while also struggling with their own challenges in life. The way that the crew relate to these people is what ultimately makes this such a great release. This is just superb. It's one of the best historicals Big Finish ever released. Well worth a listen.

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