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133. City of Spires

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Reviewed By: Silence Will FallReview Date: 3/17/19 8:02 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

City of Spires does get a lot of praise, and on the surface, it's not hard to assume why. After all, the story does see the return of Jamie Macrimmmon, one of the most (rightfully) popular companions in the show's history. And I will admit that the interaction between the Doctor and Jamie was nailed in this story, from their reunion to the bond that they have to regrow throughout the events of the story. But that is probably about as far as my praise goes for City of Spires. The problem with this story is pacing. It starts off well enough, but within less than 15 minutes, the Doctor and Jamie are already on their way to confront Red Cap, which means that the story becomes desperate to invent a few incidents along the way that will prolong the story. I honestly wish that the reunion had taken a bit longer, rather than Jamie trusting the Doctor within the first 5 minutes of meeting him and setting off, BY THEMSELVES, to fight a being that is superhumanly strong and fast. Along the way, there's some strange mist, a piper's tune and some other pointless filler that I just didn't care for and barely took notice of becuase it was just so unimportant to the plot.

From then on, it doesn't make the same mistake of rushing then padding itself out too much, but it still feels very flawed. It seems that the characters just journey around, get captured, then escape or get rescued and repeat the cycle again and again. Admittedly, the story becomes a lot more exciting and interesting in the second half as it becomes less basic/formulaic and starts to reveal its subtle differences from other stories, but I still can't excuse the poor pacing that fills this story. Another huge issue is the host of bland, forgettable characters. Will Guthrie made no significant impact to the story and was killed before he'd had any quality content, Rob Roy McGregor was introduced far too late, and Victor Ciprion's motivations and personality were very weakly explored, with only some very shoddy explanations actually given.

Overall, City of Spires is a very poor script, and overrated as it can possibly get. I'm not actually saying it's the worst story in the world, but if you go in expecting 9s or 10s/10, you'll be sorely disappointed.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/8/16 10:44 am
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This story marks the beginning of the Sixth Doctor and Jamie trilogy as the Doctor finds himself in 1780s Century Scotland where the Red Coats are oppressing the Scots and this time under the mysterious Red Caps. The Scot opposition is led by Black Donald (aka an older Jamie McCrimmon.)

The story flows very well and is a strong start to the trilogy as the main issue resolved while leaving many questions to be answered later such as the reason for all the anachronistic items and people around including Rob Roy and Telephones.

Frazier Hines and Colin Baker enjoy an easy chemistry that make listening to them a delight while Georgia Moffet turns in a very good performance as the very proper but bold Alice. The villain is a bit of a stock and generic monster as far as Big Finish goes and Richard Earl's French accent is mediocre which hinders his performance a tad. Still, this is a solid kick off to this trilogy.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 2/18/15 6:14 pm
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This is the start of a trilogy of No.6 adventures, we get Jamie back as well in all three along the way. Lets get out of the way the performances in this release, without doubt Colin and Frazier are without question superb in this, and Frazier especially is very good picking up the role of Jamie. I was not alive when Frazier Hines played the character on the T.V. but the videos and DVD/Bluray's that I have seen Frazier sounds and comes across like he is Jamie and he owns the part, the characterisations is like we stepped back some 35+ years, allied with a cracking script by Simon Bovey. Colin is certainly firing on all cylinders throughout, and puts in a unreserved Brian Blessed style full on in your face performance, won holding back here Colin, he establishes within this release I think why he is one the best Doctor's to transition to the Audio format so well, he has a bit of a wobble later on when he attempts to put on a Geordie/North East accent, which sort of doesn't work at first, but that is a minor hiccup in a otherwise class performance. Georgia Moffat as Alice is also one of those performances that sticks with you through out, and her emotional dilema which she has to come to terms with is well played out, effectively realising her husband is a man whom she does not love anymore, and her love which is growing for Highlander warrior Jamie is a sweet, well acted role her and the character she plays.

The story is the setup for the other three in the trilogy, and you really need in my opinion to sit down and listen to all three in one sitting, because they are simply that good. We have the 6th Doctor, put straight into what he thinks is the 1700's with the redcoats, massacring the highlanders, for which is the point that the Doctor meets Jamie his long lost companion, however, it soon starts to become apparent that the Doctor is not in the 1700's when Jamie informs him that men are being taken to near city of Grangetown in order to work in factories, and also there is a growing oil industry, the Doctor soon realises that someone is playing with the timelines, and, we go on an adventure to try and understand what and who the secretive Overlord exactly is and what he is up to......
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Reviewed By: nottheusualfangirlReview Date: 6/24/14 9:13 pm
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

The nature of the villain was average Doctor Who. The supporting characters were mostly generic. However the mystery of what is wrong with the timeline (not resolved) held my interest and the pairing of Six and Jamie made this completely worthwhile. Colin Baker is at his best, given a lot of subterfuge and supercilious snark to work with, and the chemistry he has with Frazer Hines is priceless. I am not usually a huge fan of Hines but I think he is wonderful as an older Jamie. There is enough of the character we remember and the relationship he had with Two but he is suitably changed with age and circumstance and the familiar touches are allowed to come through subtly, a delightful thing for old fans.