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Reviewed By: KamelionReview Date: 3/7/19 10:42 pm
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A Stain of Red in the Sand

Location : Unknown
Date : Unknown

There is most certainly a stain involved.

The actual stain of red itself is supposed to be blood but the problem with that is blood does not come out of a clay figure which is not alive. Unless you are on some serious drugs of course and it appears as if mind altering substances resulting in hallucinations may very well be present here.

Back in 2010 Big Finish stirred up a buzz when it was announced that David Troughton, son of the famous Patrick Troughton, Doctor #2 (the most damaged actor to portray the Doctor on TV with the largest amount of lost / deleted episodes) was coming to Big Finish. It was big news as some people didn't even remotely consider Big Finish to be canon. Tom Baker had not become broke enough yet that he had to go back to work and it would be a year and a few months before the first full cast audio drama with Tom Baker was released. Patrick Troughton had been deceased for over 23 years. There was a lot of hype and high expectations.

David Troughton's voice is indeed very reminiscent of the second Doctor, as expected. But unfortunately he does not voice the Doctor and the Doctor is not even in this story. He's out making footprints in the sand outside this run down apartment building strewn with old newspapers and reeking of the stench of urine. Yes, urine. Something you will never find described as such with a BBC TV episode. The two people that this story is narrated about - to me at least - seem to be under the influence of some type of alteration(s) and methamphetamines came to mind.

Overall this story is a real let down as it wastes the talents of none other than Patrick Troughton's real life son. The last time I checked, Doctor Who is based on time travel and this plot or script doesn't even have the decency to mention the name of the planet or when it is in time. A shining example that Big Finish was not interested in or neglected to take the time to provide a good story to Troughton. Instead it was all about his name and activity as opposed to any attempts at quality. No one at Big Finish even happened to notice that this story doesn't provide a clear location or date? Was it t was just about "We have Troughton on board"? Nick Briggs's music is excellent and that must have been his only involvement of responsibility.

This is episode 2 of 8 from Short Trips Volume One. You can currently (as of March 2019) purchase a bundle of all 32 episodes of Short Trips 1-4 at $30 bringing the price down to under $1 per episode (as I did). $1 is about what this 23 minutes of blunder is worth.

But it is read by David Troughton, son of Patrick Troughton. Woo Hoo! What a shame.
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Reviewed By: DoctorheyReview Date: 9/15/18 10:56 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Compared to the previous story- Rise and Fall, this story definitely falls in comparison. The plot is so boring because nothing is really explained properly- not the monsters nor the weird conclusion to the story, which at the time, I thought I had somehow missed a large portion of the story. If you get the box set that this story is in, give it a miss because there are much more other stories which will entertain you more.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 1/30/16 5:26 pm
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the next story is told by Troughton's son, the story is set in the future where there are tower block of people, and the caretaker of them is not what you would expect, it's a sci-fi story of the second Doctor era (quite appropriate) where a world filled with strange creatures and a sort of altered reality is telling the story of the second Doctor, trying to make it back to the TARDIS, eerily told, due to the comparison of Troughton's voice to his father's this was a real gem
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 10/28/15 1:25 am
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A very atmospheric story that does a good job establishing the setting and eventually establishes that the Second Doctor is about, but the story is very vague. It's as if we're getting a Doctor Who story from the perspective of people who are tangentially involved but don't quite know what's going on themselves.Given that the Second Doctor and Companion don't speak, having David Troughton read it was practically superflous.