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8.1 - The Sinestran Kill

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Fourth Doctor - Series 8 Part 1
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/17/19 5:19 am
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The Fourth Doctor arrives and thwarts an attempt by a gang to kill a shopkeeper, ut with the Doctor around, of course, there's far more going on than you'd think.

Writer Andrew Smith's life experience on the police force gives the story a real ring of authenticity. While there are many unusual touches, the story still feels like a crime story, just one with sci-fi elements. Ann Kelso is decent enough, though she doesn't really stand out as a likely companion in this episode.

Tom Baker is the highlight and he's really firing on all cylinders. It's been a long time since I've heard Baker playing how alien his doctor is. Throughout the episode, the Doctor remains unpredictable, smart, and fun. Baker takes what's already a good story and elevates to the next level.
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Reviewed By: thisoldcanReview Date: 3/5/19 3:24 pm
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The Sinestran Kill is a lively, enjoyable adventure that introduces the new companion with a well-written, rollicky tale. Tom Baker stars as the Fourth Doctor, and is joined by Jane Slavin as WPC Ann Kelso. Baker is on top form as the Doctor, delivering a more carefree, novel performance that elevates the comedic scenes, while still commanding the dramatic moments with his trademark gravitas. Slavin, a longtime collaborator with the Fourth Doctor Adventures, fits extremely well in with Baker throughout, sharing an easy, charming rapport with the actor. But her performance is where she truly shines, as she brings Ann to life remarkably well, imbuing her with all the traits that make a good companion: charming, fiery, eager, and passionate. Andrew Smith, a former police officer himself, delivers the first adventure for new companion Ann Kelso, more than delivering with an engaging, realistic, yet distinctly Doctor Who script. The plot makes the most of its hour-long runtime, delivering a thrilling, rompy adventure with lots of character. I think Smith was a sound choice to craft the first story, as it’s absolutely a police procedural drama in the first half, before diving into a more traditional, sci-fi story, and Smith, with his background in police work, absolutely nails the shift, marrying the two themes well. His writing is solid throughout as well, never allowing the Sinestrans to go too overboard, and always making the relationship between Ann and the Doctor charming. Overall, The Sinestran Kill is an excellent start to the eighth series of the Fourth Doctor Adventures, and a strong introduction for Jane Slavin’s Ann Kelso.
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Reviewed By: DoctorheyReview Date: 2/19/19 9:20 am
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This is the start of the 8th Fourth Doctor Series and while listening to it it just felt very average. Its an OK introduction to Ann Kelso who is the Fourth Doctor's new companion for this series which, in my opinion, should have been done way sooner.

For this first episode, I didn't feel like Baker was pushed enough so his performance was just alright. This might be due to him being very comfortable around the new companions' actress- Jane Slavin, but it doesn't give the episode the punch it could have. Surprisingly as well, Frank Skinner's role is not very memorable in this, which is one of the main things I thought I would take out of this episode.

On a more positive note, I found the plot to be really engaging and interesting once part two came around and the pacing and plot really started to pick up. My favourite part about the boxsets is the strong story arc between some of the episode about the Syndicate which starts here.

Even though this episode is not as great as the rest of the serials, definitely get this one with the rest of the series as that will not disappoint.
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Reviewed By: KamelionReview Date: 2/15/19 7:51 am
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Location : Earth, United Kingdom
Date : Twentieth Century

Part 1 of The Sinestran Kill was released free about a week before the box set and it provided a really fun cliff-hanger which worked well on me. Well, if it hadn't been so annoying to have to be left wondering how having the Doctor actually shoot someone with a gun was going to be explained. I feel that if Big Finish is going to release the first part of a series free which has such a questionable ending, the people whom actually paid for the entire series subscription should be given access to their download version right away. After all, we already purchased it so we do not need to be convinced to buy the set by a cliff-hanger. It was a long week of going to the Big Finish website every day to see when they would finally release the entire box set. As I suspected the actions of the Doctor were very quickly explained and in a laughably simplistic manner.

Ann Kelso. That's whom I was looking forward to meeting. In the years since BF was finally, finally able to bring Tom Baker on board giving the entire Doctor Who spans of audio series a really firm and complete canon underscore, he had never had a new companion. I wasn't quite sure I would know how to feel about someone new that we had never seen on TV. My fear that it might not be so great was totally over after the first few minutes of dialogue with Four & Ann. She is fantastic and left me looking forward to the next seven stories Jane Slavin has completed so far. It is a new era for the Fourth Doctor indeed. Complete with K9 whom gets off to a start on the right paw with Ann.

This story has a fairly large cast and while at times I have had difficulty following large cast audio dramas, most of the characters were so distinct that it not only made the adventure easy to follow but when it was over I was wishing that there would be at least one more episode with the same cast.

I guess like almost anything, if you do something long enough you are going to get really good at it. This can be said for Tom Baker and Big Finish as The Sinestran Kill to me, made for a really fun and rewarding start to this new era and this first of two box sets for 2019. I certainly hope Ann Kelso will still be the current companion of Four in 2020.