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144. The Feast of Axos

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Reviewed By: biggerontheinsideReview Date: 2/25/17 11:11 pm
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I was never a fan of Jon Pertwee, and so I didn't remember much about The Claws of Axos except for the general outline of the story. So I had to relie on the audio alone for context, and I managed to follow it quite easily

As usual, Colin Baker and Maggie Stables shine as the Doctor and Evelyn, and the Axon Doctor is quite good too. Axos has a very good and commanding voice too.

The plot was well written and the third cliffhanger was powerful yet simple, with Evelyn drifting about helplessly in space. The music was very good too

I can't say I care much for Brewter, and this didn't help his case; I find him bland and predictable
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/19/16 1:49 am
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The Feast of Axos is a delightful follow up to the Jon Pertwee classic. This story finds the Doctor, Evelyn, and Thomas Brewster on Axos as astronauts from Earth are there with a mission of their own while the Axons want what they always do.

This story has a lot going for it. Maggie Stables is a show stealer as Evelyn and has so many wonderful moments including her first space walk as well as having keen insight into the nature of the Doctor's relationship with Thomas Brewster. John Pickard is also very good as Brewster, even though his storyline does a feel bit contrived.

The Feast of Axos has some great moving moments including one that shows the strength of Evelyn's friendship with the Doctor and a nicely understated tribute to the British space program. The story also has some fun with time travel and has a few neat twists along the way.

It's not a great story. It's a little too derivative to be great. But it is well-executed and enjoyable to listen to from start to finish.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/1/15 8:43 am
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"Axos calling Earth. Fuel system exhausted. Request immediate assistance." Many years ago, the vast space parasite Axos attempted to suck the planet Earth of its energy. Now it's all but forgotten - a dried-up husk, marooned in orbit, still stuck in the time loop it was placed in by Earth's defender, the Doctor. Forgotten, that is, except by space tourism billionaire Campbell Irons – who’s hatched a plan to solve the world's energy crisis by reviving Axos, and transmitting its power back to Earth. But the crew of the spaceship Windermere aren't alone aboard the parasite. The Doctor has returned, to correct an error of decades past…"

No, not 'Timelash' I am afraid, we are still stuck with that one! 'The Feast of Axos' is a retread let's make no bones about it, a slightly inverted one with an Axonoid duplicate of the sixth Doctor taking Delgado's role it all feels just a little too familiar. The Doctor is travelling with the artful dodger type character in the form of Thomas Brewster that Adric should have been and Evelyn - my Gran basically.

I am not a fan of the audio version of Six, much preferring his TV appearances. His softer less blusterous and bloviating persona is as bland as Davison's Doctor. I know that makes me very much an outlier in terms of Who fandom but there we are. I can't say the stereotypical wideboy persona of Thomas holds much sway with me either and Evelyn.....

If it goes on offer grab it but there isn't really much of a dual role for Colin as he is just an extension of Axos, so you maybe disappointed there. If this had been filmed there would have been a lot of running down corridors but it had Axons and I wanted something different so what the heck! Unfortunately most BF I listen to had Colin so I would have liked a change from him too. My griping about the Doctor and the companions is just me complaining I suppose but it really is an inverse 'Claws of Axos', where we go to them to tap them up for energy rather than the other way around - fuel crises, eh?

Anyway I was just glad to get away from the usual fare of Cybermen, Daleks and so on. Sorry if this is a bit of a retread to my first post but I should have put more detail about the story itself in. Brewster after causing the Doctor numerous problems in the previous two adventures has to prove himself to the Doctor who doesn't trust him. Evelyn just wants to mother him, and the Axons try to get him on side as a pawn but he quickly discovers how expendable people are to Axos. The Trouble with all this is that Brewster's motivations are never really clear. At one point you think he is going to come through but then you think he is back to his old ways quicker than an atom spins on its axis.

It's full of interesting pieces but doesn't gel as a whole and ...oh, did I say it's a retread?

To be thankful for small mercies at least we don't have to see Sixie's coat on an Axon set, this really was made for audio. The background music is scintillating though. Bernard Holley really stole the show for me. I have a soft spot for the return of rarely used monsters from many years ago and in one sense this is a breath of fresh air with no Master, Daleks or Cybermen in sight. On the other hand despite it's epic feel and several rather nice moments it does lack originality. If it goes on offer get it, otherwise hold on because isn't anything earth shattering
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 2/26/15 6:09 pm
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Axos - remember those guys, entities, space anomalies what ever you want to call them from the TV. I remember there being a meteorite that the collected space specialist of Earth all gathered around, watching, prodding, and then they collective of the Axos tempted the leaders of Earth by telling them they had a mineral that could replicate anything that they wanted, gold, oil, minerals, what ever you wanted. Guess what, us humans never learn, in fact we repeat our greedy mistakes again instead of this being based around an earthbound Doctor assisted by U.N.I.T. Doctor, Thomas Brewster and Evelyn end up preventing us greedy humans from handing over Earth as a means giving Axos all the energy that it will require to break free on the temporal prison that the Doctor trapped it in before.

Colin does very well, by not only being good old No.6 but also the replicated version of the Doctor, the Axos construct of the Doctor. I enjoyed Colin's take on his doppelgaenger version and Maggie is always a joy and pleasure, John Pickard plays the pickpocket, Oliver twist type lovable cockney sparrow very well, the way that the relationship starts to really mature at the end, with the Doctor giving Thomas a second chance, and building a relationship with him once and for all.

Cracking story, loved the way Big Finish have bought the Axons up to date..