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Reviewed By: KamelionReview Date: 4/8/19 11:56 pm
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Review : The Iron Maid
Released : June 2018

Location : Church of Saint Michel de Rothéneuf, Saint-Malo, France
Date / Time : 14th Century & 20th Century (1318 and 1918)

The Iron Maid has a unique dramatic performance structure as it switches back and forth from having a narrator in the style of the original Companion Chronicles yet like the newer box set format of The Early Adventures it also has a full cast. The TARDIS crew was excellent as to be expected of late and the local characters were convincing right from the start which resulted in this story capturing my attention from the very first lines until the end. I love when a story will immerse you right away and keep you involved for the entire duration. Those are the stories I love.

Jamie asked The Doctor a very good pointed question in the very first few minutes. Since the author John Pritchard was responsible in his treatment of a time and space travel adventure by letting us know where and when we were Jamie asked "Doctor, what happened in 14th century France?" To which the Second Doctor replied "Well Jamie I think I can sum it up as war, plague, famine and death from beginning to end. So we, we uh, should proceed with caution."

The Doctor and crew got their first glimpse of that very "death" as per his statement right away. They met a grave digger outside the Church of Saint Michel de Rothéneuf, Saint-Malo. He was just finishing up a new grave and the graveyard was very full of fresh graves.

This story is a mystery as the Doctor selects the location to investigate a disturbance in time that has left a wake in the manner of a boat passing through water. The grave digger suggests they meet with the visionary whom is the only remaining member of the church and whom lives inside of it. When gaining her trust that they are "seeking truth" she takes them to the crypt basement and shows them her relics of the day about 50 years ago when something fell from space, a fallen angel in her understanding. The problem was the relics were a still operational stopwatch, a helmet and a breastplate with bullet damage from 600 years in the future, Germany. She then takes then to the metal burial building they call the crusaders crypt which is actually a British tank also from 600 years in the future. And someone or something is knocking inside.

Music and sound are top notch leaving me with the feeling that this is one of the most enjoyable releases of summer 2018.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/17/18 1:38 am
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The Second Doctor, Zoe, and Jamie arrive in medieval France and visit a hermit who claims to have visions of the future and also turns out to have various artifacts from the future.

Like most of the 1960s era Doctor Who stories, Big Finish lets tension to build slowly and we get a great sense of atmosphere before hit with with the big reveal in the second half. Overall, a very well-structured and satisfying tale.