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14. The Holy Terror

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Reviewed By: Danny_DeYCheetoReview Date: 5/22/19 10:19 am
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

There is no perhaps no single story that demonstrates just what is so brilliant about Big Finish more than "The Holy Terror". By this point in their existence, BF were really beginning to establish themselves as a company unafraid to take risks, unafraid to do wild, crazy things that the TV show could never dream of undertaking. I mean, hell, just look at the companion; every single companion of the new series has been a young, attractive girl from twenty-first century Britain - with a poorly planned love story with the Doctor often levered in* - whereas this story has a talking, shape shifting detective penguin with a thick 60s noir style accent. A talking, shape-shifting detective penguin. Yep.

But it would be completely and utterly unfair to dismiss the Holy Terror from some dumb, campy comedy; it quickly evolves into something far darker by the last two parts. I'd probably describe it as a mix between Mervyn Peake's "Gormenghast" and a weird satire on religion, with a sci-fi twist stuck on at the end. The whole story has this wonderful juxtaposition between ridiculous, surrealist comedy and what is almost a dark, gory horror story.

Despite my utter adoration for it, there are still very few "Doctor Who" stories which I just can't really see any flaws in; and the Holy Terror is most definitely one of these stories.
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Reviewed By: KamelionReview Date: 4/24/19 8:11 am
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

The Holy Terror is the most hilarious piece of Doctor Who that has ever been produced IMO. As the 14th Big Finish release way back in 2000, BF had a lot of proving themselves to do. Robert Shearman wiped the noses of any fan prose so badly that it will likely never be outdone.

Got a good extremely graphic description of an execution that just says all over the place "This is why history should not repeat!"? Then you got my attention. Here we go;

"First we are going to gouge out one of your eyes. We will leave the other one intact because we want you to be able to see the flames licking at your feet while we burn you alive at the stake." And said in such a calm manner.

The Holy Terror is perhaps the first story by Big Finish to not only raise eyebrows as to if it could be canon with an almost resounding "NO" by everyone online way back then (when most people still had modems for dial up). It started a lot of online arguments and proved that bad publicity is better than none.

I personally see nothing wrong with all of the gore and depraved murder and killing. Graphic descriptions of removing all of the meat from someones face as they are tortured in a dungeon while being part of an innocent killing only to retain the status quo settled in much finer with me than I would have ever expected if asked in advance. Some reviewers have said that this story lacks action. The action is on the social interaction and it is more violent at times than what any war or mass murder movie could convey properly. It is about how sick a society could possibly become. It's about the honor involved in killing your own mother (of which there obviously is none in RL). It can be disturbing and it can be confused with entertainment vs. honor and true justice. The society itself is confused. But they just keep on keeping on, knowing that what they do is fully warranted of just vomiting at the thought yet terrifying to think of how to change.

My wife and I have listened to this story at least 20 times. We have been known to play it during breakfast in the morning just to get the day started off right and be able to laugh about anything that may seem important. It is truly escapism in a masterful manner. It is the only Doctor Who story by Big Finish that I have listened to more than 3 times. Now over 20 times for sure.

The Holy Terror is holy freaking horror at it's finest. The acting is world class, the music is world class, the sick calloused and glossed over by society "terror" is world class and this story makes for a great escape with your headphones on. No one will ever understand why you can not stop laughing even the next day as once you hear it you will be in the know. In the know of the most elite group of Doctor Who fans whom exist. Those whom have heard this gloriously revolting and horrific stab at human nature, society and lack of intelligence perfected for generations. The Holy Terror is a horrible, offensive beautiful masterpiece which fully facilitates entertainment while basking in obscenities. I love it. Long live Big Finish. This is a shining crown jewel in the legacy of Big Finish which can not possibly ever be outdone.
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Reviewed By: The31stWAHReview Date: 4/14/19 4:51 pm
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Some things are hyped for a reason, and "The Holy Terror" is overall defonitely as much of a classic as you've probably heard. It helps to know a little bit about Frobisher going in (he's a shape shifting alien P.I. who likes to appear as a talking penguin) but other than that try to avoid spoilers, since the plot takes a masterful turn from Blackadder-level silliness to horrifying and tragic events at the end. My one criticism is that the audience does not get a crucial piece of information that would help us better understand the ending. It's still worth a listen, though, and if you have any doubt that Colin Baker can absolutely play The Doctor, it should be gone by the end.
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Reviewed By: LorcanReview Date: 2/7/19 6:08 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

This story is, in my opinion, near perfection. The sixth doctor is brilliant in this one and frobisher is such a different and fun companion and he has some great exchanges with the doctor in this story. The characters in this story are all written brilliantly and the mystery behind what was going on really kept me intrigued throughout. Rob Shearman does an excellent job of writing a horrifically dark story but still with its humourous moments and he is by far my favourite writer. This story is probably my favourite doctor who story of all time in any medium.