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1.1 - Rise and Fall

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 3/26/19 12:47 am
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Rise and Fall is a nice example of what can be done with the prose format that wouldn't work in a dramatization. There are some nice plays on the title phrase and a strong concept of The Doctor and Ian seeing an entire civilization created and running it's course in a relative matter of seconds. It could never work on television. The effects couldn't do it justice. It would be even more of a stretch for an audio drama. But as a short story, George Mann is able to build a world and explore the idea in a few short minutes in a way that is poignant and beautiful.
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Reviewed By: KamelionReview Date: 3/8/19 7:01 am
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This is pretty much as pure Doctor Who in a nutshell as you can get. What a great launch for Short Trips as the very first selection to open this new anthology. The Doctor and Ian step out of the TARDIS and witness the rise and fall of a civilization that lived in an accelerated time stream. They are eventually thought to be Gods being worshiped and mimicked even with a 6x size stone statue of the TARDIS being erected. From a young to old man named Call Box to the ultimate demise being caused by war it's exactly like humans and earth. It is entirely possible that our own mankind will end by self destruction as today we are 100% capable of killing everything on earth in a matter of minutes.

While they are outside watching this quick shocking event, Barbara and Susan have remained in the TARDIS messing around in the wardrobe. After hearing this story, certainly I can't be the only man left getting the underlying joke there. And I only thought my wife spent way too much time in the wardrobe/restroom.

I think a fitting end would have been for Barbara and Susan to come back into the TARDIS console room and at least have one of them ask, "So what were you boys just out doing?"

Exceptionally simple and clever story by George Mann with an an outstanding read by William Russell.
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Reviewed By: CYBER_C-JReview Date: 6/17/18 2:30 pm
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'Rise and Fall' is a fantastic story which explores a unique idea. The performance by William Russel is great as always. The story has very little activity from The Doctor or any of his companions but that wouldn't have worked with the premise of the story, and really any more involvement from the TARDIS crew would feel unnecessary and forced.
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Reviewed By: FinleyWadeReview Date: 9/23/17 10:50 pm
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Wow, this story is simply brilliant. It is the best of any of the short stories I've heard so far (Vol I & II) and delivers a beautifully cleaver plot that had me in awe. I was very taken aback by the tragic beauty of it at the end and it brought a tear to my eye on first listen. I wouldn't want to spoil this for anyone but I will just say a basic outline. The TARDIS lands on a planet and the doctor and Ian go to have a look around. They discover these phantom like creatures that fly past them in the blink of an eye. And, any more would ruin. Seriously, to deliver something as tragic, intelligent and touching as this in a matter of twenty minutes shows exceptional writing. Also, William Russell's impression of Hartnell is great. A must listen and the first and best story in the short trips vol I (this story can also be obtained freely as a freebie on sound cloud posted by big Finnish alongside many other freebie stories, https://soundcloud.com/big-finish/doctor-who-short-trips-rise?in=big-finish/sets/complete-free-big-finish). overall a 9 / 10 (it would be a 10/10 but some of the other stuff iv'e heard from big Finnish are absolute master pieces (though this is borderline) and I need to set this as a benchmark as other audio plays surpass it and i need to highlight that those are better than this. Had this been a TV story, it would be a 10 / 10, the context of surrounding stories has unfortunately lowered this one.