Stories:
2827
Members:
711
Submitted Reviews:
7681
Reviewers:
328
< 94a. I.D.
95a. Exotron >

94b. Urgent Calls

Rating Votes
10
41%
45
9
21%
23
8
21%
23
7
11%
12
6
5%
6
5
0%
0
4
1%
1
3
0%
0
2
0%
0
1
0%
0
Average Rating
8.8
Votes
110
I.D. / Urgent Calls
6.6
7.7
Boxset Average Rating
Cover Art:
Director:
Music:
Sound Design:
Writer:

Purchase From:

Latest Community Reviews

From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
9
Plot Rating:
9
Acting Rating:
9
Replay Rating:
9
Effects Rating:
9
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 11/12/17 2:26 am
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

This is a very fresh and creative story. Like "I.D.", it also serves as a perfect introduction for the kind of stories we can expect of this new format. But that, plus the fact that it involves a companion-less sixth Doctor, is the only thing the two stories have in common.

If you focus just on the plot, you might conclude that this story is more than a little gimmicky. What lifts the story above that is the character of Lauren. Very little character development is required to make the A story work, but the script puts in the effort anyway, and the result is a much stronger story. The idea of an alien virus that works by causing fortuitous wrong numbers doesn't really bear much scrutiny, but putting so much of the focus on Lauren minimized that problem.

Other Recommendations

From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
8
Plot Rating:
8
Acting Rating:
8
Replay Rating:
7
Effects Rating:
7
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 2/15/16 1:28 pm
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

A chance meeting. Fate and a phone call. 'Urgent Calls', written by Eddie Robinson, is a short story 33mins in length that is additional to 'I.D.'. The story is set in the 1970s and narrated through a series of phone calls between Lauren and the Doctor, the interplay between characters is superb. The threat comes from a bio-engineered virus that spreads through the phone and redirects calls. Being so short there is only so much that can be done within the time frame and only so much that can be said about it; however, Robinson manages to make the most of this brief window and creates an engaging story.
From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
9
Plot Rating:
9
Acting Rating:
9
Replay Rating:
9
Effects Rating:
10
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/30/15 9:43 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Urgent Calls is a brilliant little story that finds a switchboard operator from the 1970s named Lauren having a series of unexpected phone conversations with the Doctor. This one part episode is made up mostly of phone conversations and it's a clever idea as the Doctor works out that an alien virus is behind these chance calls.

More importantly, there are some great character moments in these calls between the Doctor and Lauren with both Colin Baker and Kate Brown as Lauren turning in superb performances.

Also, there's some very nice background sounds and a nice musical bridge that give it a real 1970s feel. "Urgent Calls" is just a delight to listen to.

The story, in addition to being part of I.D. is available for free on Big Finish's Sound Cloud.
From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
10
Plot Rating:
10
Acting Rating:
10
Replay Rating:
7
Effects Rating:
10
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: FlyingTigerComicsReview Date: 3/3/15 1:52 am
2 out of 4 found this review helpful.

FANTASTIC.

This is everything good about Big Finish.

Find it and listen to it.

It's on soundcloud for example.