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143. The Crimes of Thomas Brewster

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/12/16 9:47 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This is a fast-paced and fun story that finds a boatload of interesting characters (many from previous stories) returning. DI Menzies from the Six and Charley stories needs the Doctor's help because a new crime boss calling himself "the Doctor" is operating a strange mob led by school teachers, retirees, and housewives.

The Doctor arrives with Evelyn but hasn't yet met Menzies which leads to complications. This is a very solidly plotted story, while Evelyn (as herself) is given a minimal role, the plot is bursting with great characters from past sets (Menzies, Evelyn, and Thomas Brewster) as well as Flip making her first appearance a year before she would be the Doctor's new companion. The story has some funny moments as well as some thrilling ones. Overall, a memorable romp and a great start to the trilogy.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 2/26/15 6:51 pm
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We get re-introduced to what i consider as a potential companion in the making that of DI Menzies, we came to first meet her in her home town of Manchester with Doctor No. 6 a few releases ago, she for me proved to be what l thought would be an addition to the companion range, however alas she turns up now and again in the guise of the ill tempered, Manchurian police detective, always berating her state of being. This time however she trying to unravel gangland war, a criminal boss called the Doctor! Oh yes and don't forget we have robotic flying insects wanting to destroy everything in their path, they seem to be drawn to a radio beacon.

We get the wonderful relationship again between the Doctor and Menzies again, we also get to find out and catch up with the no good adventures of Thomas Brewster. We are treated to another wonderfully golden performance from Maggie Stables as Evelyn, whom the more i know now we will her no more of her, the understanding that she was a real find by Big Finish as a companion. Colin Baker is on top draw here and John Pickard is certainly filling his boots as Thomas B, I still cannot quite decide whether Thomas is all bad , or hides his intent under a bu-shale. John gets this undetermined character flaw down to a tee. From about three quarters in you can start to tell that this story forms part of the greater Thomas B story Arc.
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Reviewed By: MegaplumfinityReview Date: 12/13/14 11:00 am
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A fun story which begins with a bang but unfortunately becomes less involving as it continues. Unfortunately it begins to resemble a JNT-era shopping list with too many elements shoved together struggling for space. It's a testament to Johnathan Morris' skill as a writer that the story remains clear and entertaining but by the end it feels increasingly plot-driven with little room left for the characters to breathe. It's an unfortunate waste of the return of DI Menzies and Thomas Brewster and ends up feeling a little unsatisfying.
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Reviewed By: jolyonReview Date: 11/23/14 9:47 am
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There is something fun about coming to The Crimes of Thomas Brewster with the benefit of hindsight. The story is packed with companions. This is Evelyn's first trilogy. This is the Doctor meeting Menzies out of sequence. This is our first encounter with Philippa. This is the return of fifth Doctor companion Thomas Brewster. And just when you think it can't get any busier, David Troughton pops up. The listener is awash with familiar voices.

The story is as much fun as the cast, with plenty of mistaken identity and wondering who knows what about whom. The villains are deliciously sensible, the plan has dastardly consequences for humanity and goodness, the last episode may have you gasping a couple of times before the closing theme comes in.

The sixth Doctor now has lots of friends, is at home in contemporary London and shows what he can be like given storylines that offer some wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey. Worth coming back to again.