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100d. The 100 Days of the Doctor

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/6/18 1:22 am
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The Doctor has 100 days to live after a sentient virus infects him. This is the story that's all heart, mostly it's Evelyn and the Doctor until another character appears for a very brief cameo. The story is a nostalgia-filled trip down memory lane with a celebration of Big Finish's 100 releases and as much other stuff as they can fit in, including Bernice Summerfield and Doctor Who: Unbound.

Fundamentally, what makes this story work is it focuses on the beautiful friendship between the Doctor and Evelyn. Both characters are wonderful, with Baker and Stables turning in very solid performances, fitting of a reflective story. Overall, it's an enjoyable celebration tale that makes for a very pleasant listen.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 11/24/17 7:37 pm
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This is a wonderful celebration of Big Finish's "Doctor Who"-related output up to this point. These days, we're accustomed to getting these anthology releases every year. It's important to remember that this wasn't just another collection of single-episode stories. This was a kind of anniversary special commemorating the 100th release of the Main Range. "The 100 Days of the Doctor" isn't just the strongest story of the collection... it's the whole point of the release. I think people who get hung up on the thinness of the story have missed the point completely.

On the other hand, they're not wrong. The story is exceptionally thin. A lot like another celebratory story written by Paul Cornell. But the story is not the point of the story. The point is to give us an opportunity to reflect on everything that Big Finish has contributed to the world of "Doctor Who" so far. It does this by giving the Doctor and Evelyn a thin narrative pretext which allows them to visit other Doctors and even other series.

And the whole thing is tied together brilliantly by the strength of the performances of Colin Baker and Maggie Stables. They're given a tough job in this one, as they basically have to describe to each other everything that's going on. But they do a beautiful job of it.

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Reviewed By: FlyingTigerComicsReview Date: 1/19/16 2:48 am
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A clever conceit cleverly confected.

There are a few particularly nice little comments giving insights into the fictional universe of Who, and a nice explanation for what it is we're actually watching when we watch Who.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/1/15 8:57 am
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An intelligent virus is used to settle an old score by slowly killing the Doctor. The Doctor revisits his past selves but narrates their involvement in the story which is very odd indeed. The Doctor offers his perspective on the experience of regeneration briefly. This to me feels like the biggest missed opportunity. his is set over 100 days and you feel every single one of them, despite being being only 30 mins long. There is a rather clever bit where the Doctor tricks you into thinking he is breaking the fourth wall, but that just makes the story seem like a framing device for that bit of dialogue as nothing much else happens. It's a fart of a story.