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142d. Special Features

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The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories
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Reviewed By: KamelionReview Date: 5/5/19 12:08 am
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Location : Earth
Time : 2001

Special Features was the last story on the December 2010 Big Finish #142 release titled "Demons of Red Lodge and other stories". I listened to the previous three stories on the disks, Demons of Red Lodge of course, as well as The Entropy Composition and Doing Time. I then sold the CD's on eBay since I am not a collector. Then a year later I learned that there was a 4th story included which I never listened to. That is because it is titled "Special Features." I though this was a special feature on the disks such as commentary, interviews, etc., which I normally do not listen to. I had no idea it was another 25 minute story so I went back to eBay and bought the damn disk set again and if I am not mistaken I ended up buying it back from the same person I sold it to. Pure crazy.

Special Features has the Doctor #5 chasing down an alien entity which reminded me of The Word Lord. He is participating in a DVD commentary recording session which seems to be a spoof of BBC. The dialogue is hilarious in it's unscripted bland and pretty terrible quality which makes fun of many real DVD commentaries that are not intended to be jokes yet just as bad. At some point one of the participants asks in relation to the actors in the movie they are watching "Is this all we are going to do now is talk about whose dead?" which seems to be a poke at Outpost Gallifrey where it has unfortunately turned into more of a Who obituary instead of the news site it used to be. A high point of this story is when Peter Davison gives a perfectly complete review of the events of The Demons of Red Lodge in two simple paragraphs. Ending with "that was it." As a spoof of Doctor Who audio reviews it is actually extremely accurate.

This is an extremely unique story and something that has never been done before or since, and it's hilarious to top it off.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 10/7/16 5:41 am
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Easily, the best story of the collection that finds the Doctor sitting in on a DVD commentary for a movie he served as technical adviser for in the 1970s. The idea of a Doctor Who adventure told through a DVD commentary is inspired and as the release begins, it really does feel like you're listening to a DVD commentary, yet the story works in little moments that build the tension until we finally begin to get a full grasp of what's going on.

This was John Dorney's first script for the main range and it showed all the hallmarks of a great Dorney script as it mixes humor in with the increasing suspense and horror elements. I do also have to say that I appreciate the featurette for what it is. Big Finish wanted it to sound like it was a soundtrack for an anthology horror film from the 1970s. They succeeded, complete with many moments that wouldn't make sense on audio normally. Overall, an imagination, funny, and suspenseful release.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 2/26/15 8:10 pm
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This l stand corrected is a wonderfully way to end the release, with this a well above average story, Peter's extended parts, convey both anxiety, panic and a building fear, when he starts to explain the curse that is associated with a film, as the premises of a group of actors meeting up to provide a DVD extra commentary, Peter explains that the film is a vehicle of an alien entity called the Rash who enter into your conscious and then fester. The whole episode plays out like a Miss Marple, but a lot more intense and there is a driving horror to the proceedings. In fact best to listen with lights on to this one. Very good, and one that really has you on the edge of your seat. Fab stuff. This gets my - Definitely Saturday teatime from your childhood vote.
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Reviewed By: sarozReview Date: 5/23/13 8:36 am
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I really like John Dorney's work, usually, but this one didn't grab me as much as I hoped it would. Whenever people talk about or review the "Red Lodge" release, I feel like this is the critical darling, but I have much the same problem with it I have with the opening story. It's a great premise, but the story just plays itself out completely as you would expect. The result is a little like listening to a comedy sketch where you've guessed the punchline too quickly - you go, "Yep, yep, get on with it," and it ceases to be as charming as it might otherwise have been. It wasn't in any way a bad episode, it just felt predictable and a bit underwhelming for the finale of the set.