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248a. Black Thursday

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Reviewed By: thisoldcanReview Date: 3/5/19 3:32 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Black Thursday is a middling adventure, with solid leading performances contrasting with a lackluster, rushed script from Jamie Anderson. Peter Davison stars as the Fifth Doctor, alongside Janet Fielding as Tegan, Mark Strickson as Turlough, and Jon Culshaw as Kamelion. This story is a strong outing for Davison and Culshaw in particular. Davison takes a commanding lead in the story, and handles the more poignant moments of the story admirably, while Culshaw turns in another fine performance as Kamelion, particularly in the early scenes with Davison as their characters try to comfort the dying and wounded. Jamie Anderson delivers his third Big Finish script with Black Thursday, but the story often feels rushed and lacking in emotional impact. The plot is a relatively simple one, but it feels somewhat lackluster, given that last month covered a very similar central conflict. Kamelion’s tendency to gravitate towards the strongest emotional personality is a hallmark of the character, but it makes for a rather limited number of stories, as far as the character is concerned. I did appreciate the more emotional moments early on in the script, and I liked that Anderson was trying to show the impact that a tragedy can have on a small town and a small group of people, but I felt that the story was hindered by its runtime. If Anderson had been given the chance to expand upon the tale a bit more, I think many of the emotional beats of the story would’ve landed a bit better. At the end of the day though, Black Thursday isn’t a particularly bad story, just a flawed one. The acting is solid, and there are some interesting ideas, but the story is forced to rush to the conclusion, and I believe it suffers for it.
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Reviewed By: HarryWReview Date: 2/21/19 12:32 pm
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Kamelion is still with us, and he's not being nearly as annoying as he was in devil in the mist. This writer clearly understands how to use him well. The story centres around an explosion in a mine that kills many people, this leads kamelion to attempt to deal with the grief of a widowed woman. And being kamelion, he doesn't understand what grief really is.

I really like this plot idea. I know it's been done before in other ways, but I think it's done very well here. Kamelion doesn't understand grief as an emotion, and I think this is a perfect metaphor for what children are like. Kamelion is pretty child like in his naivety and the fact that he's always a liability, so I think this could possibly be what the writers were going for. Or I've just made this up in my head.
All the regular cast are just brilliant. Tegan is back to her likeable self, not getting pissy with everyone else at every chance. Turlough actually gets something to do for once. And Peter Davison is brilliant as always, putting an awful lot of effort in to his role. There's also a great array of guest cast members. However after just listening to corpse day, I have been given an irrational phobia of middle aged Welsh men.
I'd definitely recommend buying the set just for this story. I haven't listened to power game yet but I absolutely loved this story. On top of all the other things, the music suite is one of the best I've heard from big finish in a while.
Overall, a truly brilliant story
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Reviewed By: YorickReview Date: 2/19/19 7:06 pm
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Overwrought, underdeveloped and anticlimactic are just 3 words to describe this release. Through in a few 2d characters with some badly performed stock accents and you have this waste of time. Only the 3 human regulars save it. Based on this and Monster in the Mist you can see why Kamelion hadn't been seen for a while. This trilogy is, so far, a failed experiment.
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Reviewed By: KamelionReview Date: 2/16/19 8:17 pm
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Black Thursday
Location : Earth, Wales, Abertysswg. 260 yards below the village surface.
Date : Sep 1902 and 1984

If you enjoy wildly emotional and dramaically sad stories this is a must no doubt. I personally do not care for this episode as that's just not my cup of tea. I will not be listening to it a second time as I normally like to do with most dramas. Black Thursday as the second of four Kamelion adventures is quite successful at developing the character and that comes at a cost. The story gets off to a heart wrenching opening when two of the three initial main charaters are killed in the very first 5 minutes. Ira's husband Joe took their son Gwen to work mining for black diamonds and on his first day at work with Dad, bam! Gas explosion. Gwen is killed and the Doctor lies to his dying father telling him that his son would recover so that he would not have to spend the last minutes of his own life knowing his son was dead. Nothing positive or humorous here. When Ira is told that her husband and son are dead, her screams of grief were so realistic that I almost turned the story off right there. Fortunately I was able to force myself to suffer through this story to the end. There has never been a TV episode of Doctor Who this consistently negative and while I love the fact that Big Finish is given a very wide ability to tell stories I believe this draws a very clear distinction between BBC produced TV and BF produced audio drama.

This is a Kamelion story which begins with hints at Kamelion's emotional involvement when he does not understand why the Doctor lied to the dying father. It explores to what end a person would believe in and act on "An eye for an eye." The story has Kamelion exploring revenge by planning to kill the owner of the mining company and his daughter in pure flat out murderous revenge. I actually caught myself hoping that he would kill the greedy uncaring businessman before having to admit to myself that this type of revenge is not proper and there would be no way that the Doctor would continue with a traveling companion whom just plain murdered a human.

Another thing this story got right was the musical treat of 22 minutes after the end of this drama. The music is a beautiful Welsh style which suits the story well and has some cybernetic techno blended in along the theme of our quite bizarre android companion. Big Finish music quite often amazes me and this was very surprisingly beautiful.

The TARDIS travels ahead to the same location by 82 years and this gives a peek at how the local mine workers were being honored in 1984.

The Doctor decided to take a special request from Turlough and head off to 1984 New York City. This was after Kamelion realizes and points out to the Doctor that he is a "liability". Kamelion offers to leave the TARDIS group.

I am glad to have listened to this story due to the character development of Kamelion and to see and hear him take on the human form of an era miner. It was interesting to hear Kamelion speak as a human without the android reverberation and his very direct manner of communication was a tiny sliver of humor in an overall very sad story.