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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 6/25/17 1:24 am
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"Test of Nerve" is an enormous leap forward for the "Sarah Jane Smith" series. It's a tightly-plotted, tense, suspenseful thriller. It's even more grounded in reality than the previous two stories. There are no science fiction or fantasy elements in the story at all, and while I wouldn't wish to impose that condition on the series as a strict rule, it's a nice way of distinguishing the series from "Doctor Who" and from Big Finish's other output.

This story brings together characters and plot threads from the previous stories and strongly establishes an ongoing story. A mysterious enemy (whose identity is wonderfully revealed at the end of this story) is out for revenge on Sarah Jane Smith, and is willing to go to great lengths to get it.

What I love about this story is how Sarah Jane doesn't come out of it unscathed. She manages to save the city from a deadly sarin gas attack, but she loses an important ally in the process, as well as losing the trust and friendship of one her team. In terms of plot and story, it's wonderfully set-up and thrillingly executed. Sarah is put in the impossible position of having to choose between saving the city and saving her friend. The denouement of this story is incredibly tense and thrilling.

I hate to bring this up, because Sadie Miller is a beloved part of the extended "Doctor Who" family, but her acting is just not up to the level of Elisabeth Sladen and Jeremy James. It wasn't a big problem in the previous two stories because Nat's role was fairly peripheral, but her performance is a bit of a weak link in this one.
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Reviewed By: jduteauReview Date: 10/28/11 4:46 am
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The moral dilemma that Sarah is placed in makes this a wonderful audio play. The tension is palpable and I was mesmerized by the acting. Overall, this is the best story of the first series.