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250. The Monsters of Gokroth

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Reviewed By: HarryWReview Date: 5/11/19 10:59 pm
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THE MONSTERS OF GOKROTH REVIEW
I was expecting a boring, unadventurous and clichéd story from this monthly, however I reminded myself I should never judge a story before it comes out. But I was completely right with this one.
The plot is exactly what I was expecting, a story about an evil person up in a castle who isn't actually evil, and some villagers rebelling against them because they made some monsters. It's just so clichéd and really doesn't bring anything new to the table that we haven't seen before.

Mags is alright, but she's nothing special. Kamelion was interesting because he's a robot, but Mags is just a normal girl who turns into a werewolf very often. Her personality isn't even all that fun, and the werewolf thing just gets annoying after a while.

There's a twist at the end that made me sigh so heavily. It's one of those twists that the writer uses to attempt to put something clever into their work, there's no previous hints or justifications to it so it's not clever or cool at all.

Overall, a very unadventurous and clichéd story. 4/10
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Reviewed By: YorickReview Date: 5/6/19 9:40 am
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What the hell was that? One of the worst BF releases ever that's what.

A paper thin plot with a twist that anyone over 4 years old could see coming. Mixed with the worst voice performances I've ever heard. No one comes out looking good. It's a rare day the Sylvester McCoy is the strongest actor.

Special mention must go to Abi Harris as Trella, feasibly the very worst performance I have ever heard in a BF audio. She is largely responsible for the story being a hardship to endure. There aren't many releases that I'll never listen to again but this is definitely one of them.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 4/22/19 2:47 pm
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'Monsters of Gokroth' starts off a new trilogy of Seventh Doctor stories that see the return of Mags the werewolf from the TV story "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy". Her journey on a planet terrorized by a mad scientist and a forest full of monsters sets up a Gothic tale that brings fateful reunions, nasty encounters, and hidden surprises. A monstrous fight is about to begin and the Doctor and Mags are about to be caught right in the middle.

It's a grotesque, creepy, and often times horrifying story that plays with the 'who is the monster' premise exceedingly well. There are plot points from all sorts of other horror stories such as "Frankenstein", "The Island of Dr. Moreau", "Nightbreed", and of course the titular 'Wolfman' that all sort of coalesce together into a messy but very entertaining whole. If monster movies are your jam, then this audio is really going to appeal to you as Matt Fitton's script revels in the tropes, atmosphere, and plot points of the genre in all its forms. Over the course of the adventure, there are enough large scale fights, paranoia, creepy castles, and rowdy townsfolk with plenty of surprises to keep any horror fans or Doctor Who fans happy.

The cast is pretty good though there are a couple of weak links that do stand out. It's nice to hear Jessica Martin back as Mags playing a conflicted character struggling with her condition but still a good person at her core. Sylvester McCoy's Doctor almost takes a side role in the story but is still as good as ever and there's a surprising amount of depth and sympathy brought to Andrew Fettes' Gor that makes his ultimate fate heart-breaking even if it is appropriate given the story itself. However, Victoria Yeates' mad scientist character doesn't quite work in regards to what the story is trying to be. By herself, she's ok and she fits the image and theme of the story. But the higher tone of her voice and her weaker personality is a sharp contrast to what she's supposed to be and she's easily the weakest character despite having a cool design on the cover.

There's also a side element with another traveling menagerie led by a mercenary monster hunter played by Jeremy Hitchen that ties into the main plot but still feels a bit unnecessary. I honestly didn't want another circus-like group in the story as 'Greatest Show' trod that particular path exceedingly well with these characters but that's in many ways what we're given at times especially with silly-sounding generic monster voices. By the end though, it's hard not to have fun with this story as truths are revealed that lead where you'd expect them to and Mags and the Doctor are officially pulled together. It makes 'Monsters' a very enjoyable story both on its own and as the start of new adventures with ties to the old and plenty of potential to be mined in the new. 
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Reviewed By: KamelionReview Date: 4/22/19 4:19 am
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Doctor Who : The Monsters of Gokroth
BF250 : Released today April 16th 2019

Location : Planet World of Gokroth
Date / Time : Unknown

Got monsters? The World of Gokroth sure as hell does. Legions of monsters, layered. To begin with we have Mags of The Moons of Vulpana (and the title of next months story) whom is a werewolf that The Doctor met on Segonax in the 1988-89 TV set of episodes titled The Greatest Show in the Galaxy when she was a member of The Psychic Circus. Monster? Check. At times. Then we have the monsters whom reside in the forests surrounding the village of Gokroth. That's a big problem as these furry, scaly hobbit like little rascals are reeking havoc which has caused a mandatory curfew and it is believed that they came into town and abducted a family of six. In response the town's leader Trella has worked in silent with a trusted resident to salvage the radio system of an older space ship that had crashed in the swamps and they use it to send a desperate plea out to space for anyone at all to come help. They get help all right but it's not of the quality they would have wished for as when Varron arrives one evening, cruising low in his space ship he brings what they don't need, more monsters. Vicious creatures in which this very Harry Mudd like man claims to have pioneered the installation of cybernetic implants into their metal exo-skull heads. He starts to perform a circus of his own.

As if these are not enough monsters already you have the Frankenstein-ish Dr Maleeva, a silver/blue skinned alien whom lives in the Dr Frankenstein-ish castle on the hill with her Igor-ish assistant Gor. Yes, Gor, like Igor. He's a monster too. In fact it is believed that they are capturing and operating on the previously mentioned monsters of the forests and making them worse. Not Mags nor the Metal Exo-Skulled monsters that arrived with Varron, the original ones. In fact she is whom Mags has traveled here to meet with, hoping she can get some help with her warewolfness.

The Monsters of Gokroth fully delivers a bountiful bevy of monsters for April of 2019. A full serving with sides complete with the masterful music an sound effects that Big Finish has become not only experts at but with a polished perfection that blends New Who and now the end era feel of the original series all wrapped up in one and spearheaded by Sylvester McCoy's totally nailed Doctor Seven. When I first read the titles of these stories at the time they were revealed last year (I say stories as this is quite obviously the first of a trilogy for April, May and June) I wasn't sure what I would think of this one as monsters are not really one of the main reasons I enjoy my Who hobby with the aspects of time travel being more to my liking. As I discovered upon listening to this crazy tale - twice the day (middle of the night in the US) when it was released this is on my short list of recent favorites. It was about an hour after hearing it the first time when I just had to bust up laughing as if "What on Earth?!" It's a crazy messed up circus where you are guaranteed to absorb more on even the second listen. It's a mad romp of absurd ridiculousness. Loaded to the gills with monsters. Brimming with them in fact.

"You almost just shot the son of your main woman, which would have most certainly removed you from her Christmas card list!" - The Doctor

"You might say that being a doctor is not so much my profession as it is my vocation." - The Doctor