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14. The Holy Terror

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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 3/17/18 11:17 pm
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Don't quite get the hype for The Holy Terror; which is probably why I went into it with high expectations. Frobisher is fine, I don't mind a unique, different to the normal companion. But not much goes on during the story. I admit I really enjoyed Part 3's cliffhanger, very powerful stuff. But the payoff to the story doesn't feel right to me for some reason. Not bad, but certainly not as good as I was expecting.
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Reviewed By: NewWorldreviewsReview Date: 8/27/17 8:34 pm
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The Holy Terror is perfect. To be honest, there's little more that I can than that. For the first scene to the last, The Holy Terror is enticing, gripping, funny, clever, dark, twisted and ultimately thought-provoking, but not in a condescending way. It's quite simply one of the best story's that, not only Big Finish have put out, but one of the best things to bare the name Doctor Who.

The Doctor and Frobisher arrive in a castle where it's people follow a set of irrational and downright stupid set of customs and traditions, wrapped in the veil of religion. Now, while at first, this may all seem very flippant and very Douglas Adams-ish in it's subversion, the second half of the story turns the whole thing on it's head. Not only does the story become an awful lot darker, we also see the flip side of the argument. And it's not just for the sake of balance: writer Rob Shearman wants us to understand that, while to some, it may look silly and ridiculous, others derive meaning and purpose out of these arcane rituals, and it's not really our place to judge that. Then, of course, we come to the child: possibly one of the most psychotic and terrifying monster ever encounter by the Doctor. Sam Kelly is fantastic here: I mean all of the guest cast are great, but Kelly is superb as Eugene, a man who's become twisted by his actions to the point where he no longer recognises himself. You do feel sorry for him, despite his actions, and the ending is like a literal stab in the gut. Colin Baker gives one of his best performances as the Doctor, and Robert Jezek is wonderful as Frobisher, to the point where, over the course of a single story, you couldn't imagine any other voice for the character.

While The Holy Terror may have been derided at the time for featuring the 'big talking bird', it's certainly hailed as a classic today. And rightly so: for The Holy Terror is simply divine. It's funny, it's tragic, it's gruesome, it's gripping. It's, quite simply, classic Doctor Who.
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Reviewed By: thefatdoctorfanReview Date: 8/8/17 3:56 pm
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"All Hail Frobisher! All Hail The Big Talking Bird!", pretty much sums up the story. It's very dark; whilst being very comedic. The villain was terrifying whilst the cast were all standouts. Frobisher takes the spotlight though. Even though he's in 2 stories, he's one of the best companions. Colin Baker is outstanding as he always is in Big Finish. This one is a joy to behold. I've never been so entertained listenig to a audio adventure for 2 and a half hours than I was whilst listening to this. Top story, one of the must haves for ANY Whovian.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 4/17/17 9:18 pm
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One thing that impresses me about this story every time I return to it (and I have returned to it many times over the years) is how seamlessly it manages the transition from comedy to horror. The first episode is utterly delightful, and the last episode is incredibly grim, but it all feels perfectly natural from beginning to end. The comedy works, the horror works, and the transition works.

In addition to that, the story has some really interesting themes involving religion, tradition, fathers and sons, and so on, and it does a fine job of developing those themes.The nature of the story is such that there's not a great deal of room for character growth among the supporting cast, but the script manages to find something for everybody. The fact that the characters become sufficiently aware of their limitations to be dissatisfied by them is a lovely touch. I particularly appreciate Clovis, a Judas-like character who wants to be loyal to his God, but is forced into betraying him anyway by the role he's been given. The final scene between Berengaria and Pepin is also quite touching.

And then of course there's Frobisher, who is simply delightful. Robert Jezek does a great job bringing him to life.