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2. Excelis Rising

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 6/17/17 7:27 pm
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As a reader of the "Doctor Who" novels published by Virgin and later BBC Books, the name David A. McIntee greets me like an old friend. I have always considered his books, generally,to be strong but unexceptional ("Sanctuary" is probably my favorite), and his first story for Big Finish fits that description. This story rests on a solid foundation. It's got a good premise, strong characters, and some very nice kicking around. The only thing it's really missing from the previous installment of the Excelis Saga is Iris Wildthyme herself, and that sense of joyous unpredictability that she brings with her.

Still, my favorite aspect of the Excelis Saga is the opportunity to visit the same planet at several very different points in its history, and "Excelis Rising" makes the most of the opportunity. Lord Grayvorn has retreated into myth, with most people doubting such a person ever existed. And yet, he is still very much present in the guise of Reeve Maupassant. After gazing into the Relic (Iris's old gold lamé handbag), he has become immortal, but is trapped with the constant mental presence of the Mother Superior.

"Excelis Rising" is a good story about Maupassant's attempt to steal the Relic from a museum. I especially appreciate the way that supernaturalism (for lack of a better term) is treated with the kind of down-to-earth practical reality that it would have if it were real. If magic were real, after all, it would be science.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/20/15 11:41 am
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The Sixth Doctor arrives in the middle of a closed museum as an inside job burglary is occurring. The Doctor gets caught up in it and discovers the burglars were stealing "the artifact" an item he saw 1,000 years before as the Fifth Doctor and he also discovers a familiar face worn by a man Reeve Maupassant (Anthony Stewart Head), the head of the local police, but the Doctor thinks he's really Lord Grayvorn and therefore more than a thousand years old, but that can't be? Can it?

The big failing of Excelis Rising is to use its potential and settting to its full advantage. Very rarely do we get sense of uniquneness in this world, although we hear enough to know this world is essentially Steam Punk but fails to develop any of that atmosphere. It really seems the whole story could have benefited by a little more world building. Indeed, that the artifact at the center of the story is known as the artifact kind of speaks to that weakness.

What saves the story is Colin Baker, who provides a fantastic performance as the Doctor, with a lot of energy as he gets to the heart of the matter. His one on one scenes with Anthony Stewart Head are magic and make what could be a mediocre or even poor play into a worthwhile listen. With a little more effort by the writers this could have been a great story.