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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 12/14/18 10:43 pm
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There aren't too many Doctor Who stories that legitimately bring tears to my eyes out of sadness and good story-telling. But if there's any that come pretty damn close to bawling my eyes out, it's this short little First Doctor excursion from Eddie Robson. 'Little Drummer Boy' sees the Doctor, Steven Taylor, and Sara Kingdom being forced to land on several different Christmases despite the fact that the TARDIS navigations circuits are on random. The answer as to why seems to be related to a ghostly young boy straight out of a Charles Dickens novel following them through time and space who desperately needs their help.....It's a rather clever little premise that plays with both sci-fi and magic in its narrative and the plot gives you plenty to think about before its conclusion. The narration by Beth Chalmers is unfamiliar for the characters vocally but still very calming and soothing to where it's not that noticeable for most. While Steven doesn't get much to do in this story outside of reacting and giving insight, Sara and the Doctor get to both play the intelligent problem solvers as well as the kind-hearted travelers willing to help at any cost which is always nice to see from characters who can be very hard-edged in places. In terms of the holiday, it's a Christmas story that's very depressing at the offset but very heartwarming at the same time with a beautiful double-edged message of darkness and hope that's appropriate for both sides of the season. Out of all of the Christmas Short Trips we've gotten, 'Little Drummer Boy' is the one that I get the feeling will appeal to everyone as opposed to one specific type of Whovian or listener. It's not quite perfect but it's by far my favorite of the shorter holiday stories for that and many other reasons and well worth the three dollar asking price for your listening pleasure.  

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 10/8/16 6:25 pm
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This story is set right after the, "Feast of Stephen," episode in, "The Dalek's Master Plan." and finds the Doctor, Steven, and Sara constantly being shuffled from one Christmas to another. In many ways, this is a heartfelt counterpoint to the silly comic Christmas episode offered in the middle of chasing Daleks. True, the Doctor does show himself a bit more willing to play with time than is usual for the first Doctor but I think that can be mitigated by the special circumstances and because it's a Christmas special. Beth Chalmers reading was great as she was able to capture all the characters brilliantly. Overall, a delightful piece of Christmas Doctor Who.

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