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1.1 - Their Finest Hour

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Reviewed By: FerdyReview Date: 2/14/19 1:29 pm
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Overall such a let down from John Dorney. This was a slog to get through. After the fantastic ending to Doom Coalition, this feels far too tame. DC and Dark Eyes worked because of their epic scale, this feels out of character for 8 to just sit around and have a fun romp. DC and DE also had such strong opening episodes, both with a large scale, and setting up a series with fifteen episodes to go. This would have worked perhaps as a short trip, or even a special release outside of the Ravenous collection, but as it is it just feels like a flat filler.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 10/11/18 12:45 am
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It is always a pleasure to hear Ian McNiece reprising his role as Churchill. Totally illogical that he'd have had so much contact with the Doctor, but thinking about that would take away from the fun.

Great to have Liv Chenka back. Nicola has made her a great character.

We also have Gyuri Sarossy and Laurence Dobiesz playing two Polish fighter pilots looking for adventure and revenge.

The story itself was pretty simple, but that allowed the characters to take the spot light.

The other big bonus of the episode, is that although it is a single episode in its own right, midway through was a perfect cliff hanger.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/24/18 11:57 pm
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"Their Finest Hour" finds the Doctor and Liv headed to 1940s Earth to help out Churchill with some apparent alien intervention into the events of World War II.

The story has a lot going for it. McGann has great chemistry with both Nicola Walker and Ian McNeice, who is a lot of fun in his own right. The Polish pilots who took part in the Battle of Britain are a great part of history, and their inclusion definitely adds interest. The soundscape does a superb job of taking the listener back to World War II. I even think the explanation of the alien involvements is pretty interesting and clever.

The one part of the story that falls flat for me was the attempt to have a character death that impacts Liv Chenka. This is at least the THIRD time John Dorney has done this. It worked in Dark Eyes 4 and Doom Coalition 3, with "Life in the Day" and "Absent Friends." Here, is a bit of a miss in terms of emotional impact. When it comes to Liv and death, it's pretty much all been done before by Dorney.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 4/16/18 4:49 pm
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Starting off on a bold but eerily familar note considering where we last left this particular part of the Doctor's life, the Eighth Doctor and companion Liv Chenka are beginning the search for their friend but are literally called into action by Winston Churchill in 1940 early in the Battle of Britain. Bases and targets are being destroyed so thoroughly by a ship that literally can't be seen to the point where Churchill suspects something unusual and alien. Employing two Polish pilots with some extra tech for support and help, the Doctor takes to the skies to find the mysterious airborne menace troubling the British forces. But as things get more serious and troublesome especially for Liv it seems that more serious measures might need to be taken. From the get go, 'Hour' has obvious and strong elements of past Winston Churchill stories like anything in "The Churchill Years" and ESPECIALLY 'Victory of the Daleks' which you will gleam pretty immediately upon listening. This to me is a major plus as 'Victory' is a major guilty pleasure for me personally and this is essentially a better version of it without the Daleks but your enjoyment may vary depending on your opinion of that story. I don't recall having heard the Eighth Doctor and Churchill interact before in audio compared to most of the New Who Doctors and it's a really nice way to fill in gaps and maybe start playing with getting older Doctors into these Churchill stories a little bit. After a slow buildup in the first half, we get some major aerial sky chases and battles in the second half of WWII aircraft against something more futuristic and it's a ton of intense if somewhat standard fun. This set was said to not be too tied into a big arc at least not yet and this story does a good job of bringing that idea around even if it means we hold off on bringing more interesting and substantial details in to the theme for a while. It's a little refreshing especially after 15+ hours of connected storytelling and threads to untangle in both 'Coalition' and it's predecessor 'Dark Eyes' and I'm liking it a lot so far. The cast is all around superb in this story. Paul McGann is wonderful as always and I love how much fun he's trying to have and how positive he is in keeping the spirits and morale up of everyone around him. His rapport and instant likability make him so enjoyable and I forgot how nice it can be to listen to this Doctor in his lighter moments even if it's not a light story necessarily. McNiece is great as ever as Churchill and it's nice to hear Nicola Walker back as the confidant Liv Chenka especially as she unusually has no idea who Churchill is / what WWII is which is an interesting angle for her to play with at times. The side cast isn't bad but what stands out are the two very likable Polish pilots very well played by Laurence Dobiesz and Gyuri Sarossy. Eager young men wishing for a chance to prove themselves and strike back against the Nazi forces, listening to them engage and understand some of the higher tech of the story is a really nice touch and they prove to be one of the more enjoyable parts of the story. While it is a very standard story with not too many surprises except potentially in the alien element of the story which isn't quite what you might be thinking, tie all these elements together and you get a fun story and a fascinating listen especially after watching and loving the film "Darkest Hour" earlier this year. This audio takes place historically not long after those events as they mention the failed armistice and Britain's stubbornness in the face of the oncoming odds and it really made this one more relevant than even I was expecting especially in its powerfully touching ending. As a start to the set and a new chapter, "Their Finest Hour" doesn't do too much to stand out especially compared to stellar first stories such as "The Eleven" and "The Great War" but it does the job very well in being an enjoyable WWII Churchill story with Eight and Liv that you'll have a blast with en route to hopefully bigger things.