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239. Iron Bright

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Reviewed By: Silence Will FallReview Date: 10/27/18 1:30 pm
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After seeing the synopsis and hearing the trailer to Iron Bright, I was assuming it would just be your typical, run-of-the-mill ghost story. But it wasn't. Even after being enthralled by the historical setting and characters (I'm a sucker for anything to do with history), I tried to stop any excitement because I assumed it would end with disappointment and predictability. But it didn't. When Doctor Who does ghosts, it normally makes them automated holograms or computer interfaces or something. But this time we had a very unique explanation behind the ghosts, and this was another universe that was suffering from the industrial work of London! Like seriously, I hadn't been expecting that at all. Another universe connected to ours, that was trying to sabotage the Thames Tunnel in revenge of this universe accidentally killing their friends and family with our pollution.

As well as the unique storyline, Iron Bright offered us a rare glimpse of Colin Baker's Doctor going solo, but with the help of one Isambard Kingdom Brunel! Seeing a major historical figure team up with the Doctor is any fanboy's dream come true, but seeing Isambard as his sole ally in this adventure, even travelling to this 'other world' is a rare and golden happening. Overall, whilst I won't say it entertained me as much as certain other Big Finish releases, it certainly had no flaws and will always be regarded as a shining example of pseudo-historical within Big Finish.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 8/30/18 11:04 pm
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This was an odd story. There was a lot I loved and a lot I hated and I often couldn't decide how I felt about it.

The story starts in Victorian London with a basic ghost story, but the story takes a massive turn in the second half as we learn the source and motive of the ghosts.

Now, the initial cast is good and strong. We get a great Victorian setting with solid industrial age characters, but then when we hit the second half the cast gets confusing. More characters, more motivations, more backgrounds and more actors playing multiple parts. There is, however, an elegance in the second half and the story or the tributes. In the first half they are "ghosts". In the second half they are "tributes" and the idea behind their construction makes them a top class Doctor Who monster.

Sadly though, this plot is underpinned by an environmental message that sits alongside Land of the Dead in terms of quality.