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2.1a - Farewell Great Macedon

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Reviewed By: TimPendragonReview Date: 10/15/18 6:33 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

This is, quite possibly, the best First Doctor story of all time. Perfectly captures the era, and in some ways, improves on it. It is deliberately paced, but compared to a lot of Hartnell's televised stories, it has no real padding or filler. Everything has a purpose, yet despite a certain cyclical nature of events, it doesn't feel repetitive. If this had actually been mounted in 1964, I don't think it would have come off nearly as well as it does here, because of the limitations of both the budget and the state of BBC studio work at the time.

William Russell and Carole Ann Ford are in top form here, narrating and voicing the majority of the characters, while guest star John Dorney gives a pitch perfect performance as Alexander the Great. The writing is excellent, and again evocative of this epoch of the series, while refining away the frequently rough edges of the early serials.

The entire production captures the atmosphere, and the sense of history, as well as it does the characters. The grand scope, philosophical underpinnings, and the intermingled hope and tragedy of Alexander's life give the story an emotional quality that is nearly-Shakespearean. If this had made it to television, and it had been treated as well as it has been on audio, this would easily be regarded as Doctor Who's best "pure historical" serial.
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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 9/25/18 11:16 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Farewell Great Macedon is an instant classic that fits in perfectly with the early First Doctor stories. Everything about this script from the pacing, historical background, and characterization match the era. The story itself is more interesting and dynamic than some of the on screen hisoricals like The Myth Makers or The Crusades. As someone who isn't much of a fan of the narrated audios (e.g. Companion Chronicles) I was pleasantly surprised at how well this one worked.
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 7/17/17 11:04 pm
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This one took me weeks to finish, I wanted to enjoy it, but its just so long and the narration doesn't help too much, the later parts are better, but I think one day i'll have to revisit this one, and perhaps update my rating.
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Reviewed By: Lord SlarrReview Date: 4/2/17 1:44 pm
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This was originally a script written by Morris Farhi for the very first season of Doctor Who but never moved passed the scripting stage when Morris was unhappy with the changes made by David Whitaker who was script editor at the time. It's such a shame too as this is a masterpiece of such a high calibre it's a crime it never got a TV iteration. Fortunately Big Finish deemed it worthy of an audio release into their lost stories range.

The story itself is a pure historical where the original TARDIS crew get mixed up in the court of Alexander the Great when he is visiting Babylon. William Russell and Carole Ann Ford do a superb job of bringing the script to life in audio form, especially as they voice all the characters other than Alexander, they all sound very distinct which an impressive feat. John Dorney who is a frequent Big Finish writer turned out the perfect choice for Alexander in this story, he really gives the role his all and the character really benefits from it. Morris really has created a tense and dramatic script which knows how to make likeable, complex characters and play with the viewers emotions which is enhanced by the description added by Nigel Robinson which makes the story vivid enough to be able to experience this story in your mind's eye as if it wasn't audio! This is as authentic to the original era a Big Finish story gets.

Overall Farewell Great Macedon is a triumph for historical stories and is one of the best bits of Doctor Who you'll ever experience due to its sheer excellence in writing, its criminal it never reached the screen.