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DWM367 - The Veiled Leopard

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/22/18 1:00 am
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Fifth Doctor sends Peri and Erimem to a party to ensure a diamond isn't stolen. This takes up the first half of the story. The second half finds Ace and Hex at the same party trying to steal the diamond which turns out to be of alien significance.

The story isn't bad. It was meant to introduce Erimem and Hex to the audience of Doctor Who magazine. The story has some nice atmosphere and some funny moments, but it doesn't really have enough going on it to merit an hour run time. Still, a ncie curiosity.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 9/5/17 3:42 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

An interesting curiosity with a strong gimmick, and yet it somehow fails to fully capitalize on its potential.

The best element by far is the interactions between each pair of companions. Given that this was a free story given away to readers of Doctor Who Magazine, I suspect that the intent was to advertise these companion teams. Erimem and Hex aren't simply strong companions in their own right, they also serve to highlight different aspects of their respective established companions, Peri and Ace. In a loose sense, the new companions function almost as companions of the established companions. For example, Peri's usual role in "Doctor Who" (especially on television) is to have the Doctor explain things to her for the benefit of the audience. With Erimem around, Peri gets to be the character doing the explaining for a change, which instantly makes her a more dynamic and expressive character. Likewise, Ace's relationship with Hex is a reflection of her relationship with the Doctor: she's the experienced time-traveling crusader, and he's the wide-eyed innocent having the adventure of a lifetime. The script makes the most out of these two relationships, and that's the best thing this story has going for it.

Somewhat disappointing, however, is the fact that the two companion teams don't really interact much with each other. Again, I suspect this is due to the fact that this story is aimed at listeners who don't necessarily know Erimem and Hex, and that makes sense. But it is a little disappointing just the same. I'm sure I'm not the only fan who thinks it would have been fun to hear Peri and Erimem mixing it up with Ace and Hex, especially if they were working at cross purposes.

As for the story, it's a bit of a pastiche, but it serves its purpose, and makes the most of its setting.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/4/15 8:45 pm
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The Veiled Leopard was a full-cast audio drama written by Iain McLaughlin; Claire Bartlett and was directed by Gary Russell. Initially released on CD as a bonus with DWM 367. Peri and Erimem have to prevent a diamond heist, and in the second half Ace and Hex have to steal the same diamond. Both sets of companions are acting under the order of their respective orders although Peri and Erimem are unaware of the importance of the diamond. I was surprised how dialogue heavy this is. This is enjoyable but rather dull without the Doctor, neither of which feature here.

You can hear it here: https://soundcloud.com/big-finish/doctor-who-the-veiled-leopard
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 9/28/14 6:16 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Ok we have to get one thing absolutely clear, this release was a freebie, and for that I am not going to be too harsh on the offering that Big Finish have put out here for people who have been reading the Doctor Who Magazine. The story plot is actually a Who dramatist's dream, basically set two sets of the companions from two different Doctor's and put them in the swinging 60's in of all places, Monte Carlo, and then do a very clever sort of Nivenesque/Sellers Casino Royale backdrop. Big Diamonds, with an unscrupulous individual trying to con his insurance company out of millions. Then have a second story arc of the two sets of companions one trying to prevent the diamonds theft, the other the complete opposite, assist in the theft. The companions are a good heavy weight selection. ACE and Hex and Erimem and Peri. So the acting is not going to let anyone down here. First half of the story takes us down the path of Erimem and Peri trying to stop the diamond, ironically once belonging to Erimem's father, from being stolen, the second half shows us ACE and Hex trying to perpetrate the crime, accompanied along with the fact that so called owner is the friend of a high flying con-man assisting a insurance heist. The story is actually a hour long advert for would be Big Finish perspective customers and for that this is excellent at conveying the message, as for content, well executed, but lacking any development due to these limitations. For that reason I have given it the ratings I have.