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Reviewed By: KamelionReview Date: 5/5/19 6:56 am
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The Star Beast
Location : Black Castle Mills, Yorkshire, England
Date : Wednesday February 20th, 1980

Yorkshire news is reporting a UFO sighting and at the same time quoting the Ministry of Defense blaming accidents during military maneuvers in Stockbridge for events of Iron Legion, last October.

The need to know stuff about The Star Beast is that this is based on a comic book published by Marvel in 1980. And then the obvious fact is that what Doctor Who actor is the most famous while being a comic himself, if BBC intended him to be or not? Well that would be Tom Baker. So it's a natural fit.

This March 2019 release of The Comic Strip Adaptions Volume 1 saw Doctor Who and the Iron Legion opening this volume and then this here Doctor Who and the Star Beast as the second story. This here Star Beast has a smaller cast and a much more simple story which was easy and enjoyable to follow. It is dated 1980' for sure and even contains reference to "The Fonz" as portrayed by Henry Winkler.

Just one example of the hilarity is when the Wrarth Warriors become confused by the fact that humans do not have exo-skeletons and determine everything to be backwards. So when they use the fingers on their tongues to squeeze The Doctor until he passes out and then subsequently sedate him, instead of installing a tracking device in his stomach they put it in his ass instead.

And the hilarity knows no ends.

This is one of Tom Baker's finest performances of 2019, but what have there been, two?

I am in hopes that there will be a comics Volume 2 as insinuated by this release bearing a Volume 1 on it. Great laughs and pure Tom Baker for a fine comical blend of just plain fun with space aliens.



"UNIT must stand for Useless Northern Idiot Types." -Fudge

"Wow, he looks like a hamster that swallowed a basketball." -Fudge

"Bingo! U F'ing O!" -The Doctor
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/4/19 3:04 pm
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A spaceship crashes to Earth and two teenagers find the ship and its cute alien inhabitant who is being hunted by a group of fierce aliens who have orders to kill it and who come to suspect the Doctor is the alien's accomplice.

This is a madcap adventure that has so many hilarious moments in it and so many rich sources of comedy from Fudge's geeky delusions of grandeur to Beep the Meep's internal dialogue to Fudge's mom's working class outlook, and of course Zogroth's lack of understanding of how human society to works, and Tom Baker plays off all of this beautifully. This is easily one of the best Doctor Who comedy stories Big Finish has ever done.

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Reviewed By: thisoldcanReview Date: 3/20/19 4:12 pm
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The Star Beast is a strong story, delivering a very faithful adaptation of the original comic, and presenting a solid story, with a good plot, great writing, and strong performances. Tom Baker stars the Fourth Doctor, alongside Rhianne Starbuck as Sharon, and guest stars Ben Hunter as Fudge and David Dixon Bate as Beep the Meep. Baker delivers a solid performance here; the addition of a more stable companion brings out the best of his performance, with all the charm and gravitas intact. Starbuck gives a promising performance as Sharon, ably handling the role while infusing the character with a lot of depth that’s otherwise absent from the character. Hunter and Bate are both excellent in their respective roles; I thought that Hunter made Fudge a very sympathetic, engaging character through his performance, while Bate was delightful as the delightfully bonkers Beep the Meep. Alan Barnes takes on adaptation duties for the second time, and delivers a strong adaptation. More so than the previous story, The Star Beast is a more faithful adaptation of the source material, and the expansions and changes only improve the story. The ending is perhaps the most significant change, bringing in aspects of The Time Witch, but Barnes also expands upon the relationship between Sharon and Fudge, which gives the characters more depth, that is much appreciated. The plot of the story is as strong as the original comic, delivering a rather twisted, yet extremely comedic tale. I particularly enjoyed the twist regarding Beep the Meep and the Wrarth Warriors, and I thought that the reveal was handled remarkably well. The characterizations are largely intact, though Barnes does wonders expanding the Doctor’s character a bit, and also adding depth to Sharon and Fudge. Overall, The Star Beast is a strong adaptation and a strong adventure to boot, featuring a tight cast and a solid script from Alan Barnes.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 3/19/19 1:59 pm
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"The Star Beast" is another enjoyable story adapted by Alan Barnes that thrills, entertains, and amuses in rapid succession. The plot and premise feel like a more absurd version of "E.T." or "Flight of the Navigator" that just so happens to get the Doctor involved. It's a bit less epic than 'Legion' and the plot is again fairly standard with the twist regarding the actual villain of the piece fairly obvious to spot.

However, the atmosphere and vibe are no less wacky and this one also brings a homegrown touch with it that will appeal especially to fans of the '80s. It revels particularly in that tone all through the adventure with multiple elements lifted straight out of that genre but it still pulls plenty of surprises especially in the Meeps themselves and what is eventually revealed about them. And yes, the word 'meep' is used extensively and to great humorous effect and I dare you to not chuckle at least once in the course of listening.

The cast is smaller and more streamlined but again great and interesting. Tom Baker is fabulous with his Doctor being his usual comedic alien self. But he gets on wonderfully with each character in the cast even though his role at times feels more secondary compared to everyone else. This is really a story where the side cast are what drive the story into being memorable and Rhianne Starbuck, Ben Hunter, and David Schaal are all great in their various roles human and alien.

However, the real draw for the story and the likely reason people are going to want to check this one out is the character of Beep the Meep. Thankfully, his character voiced by Bethan Dixon Bate is a brilliantly subversive one and without giving too much away the contrast between his appearance and his true nature is handled perfectly. He really is a standout character even for this set and I genuinely hope we get more of him in future audios after this.

With a great soundscape, another perfect musical score, and an explosive climax that pulls it all together, it's hard for me to find any flaw with this one outside of the more standard plot. On the whole though, 'Star Beast' is a great second story for this set perfectly in vein with what it wants to do in tone, atmosphere, and character. It's another major win for both Barnes and Big Finish and I can't wait for more if this series decides to continue past a single volume.