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145. Industrial Evolution

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/27/16 7:44 am
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This final Thomas Brewster story (so far) finds Brewster working at a factory there are strange goings on and a series of mysterious injuries. Robson crafts a script that is actually unique from the large number of Victorian Age stories Big Finish and Doctor Who have done with both the setting and set up. The concept is intriguing and well-executed except for leaving a few questions at to what actually happened.

The regulars turn in good performances and the guest cast also does well. Hugh Ross deserves particular credit as his character could become unbelievable and annoying, but Ross keeps the character feeling more or less realistic. While it has flaws, it's still a very well put together release with a few creepy moments.
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Reviewed By: MTLReview Date: 7/11/16 7:38 pm
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A nice entertaining story with Brewster and Belfrage (or to be specific, Rory Kinnear's performance which lifts a fairly simple character into someone far more interesting) the highlights and the only things that would bring me to re-listen to this story. Nothing wrong with it particularly, but it is quite run of the mill (pun not intended) with solid performances and script supported by Big Finish's typically excellent sound design. Not a lot more else to say but I hope I don't sound too dismissive of what is ultimately a straightforward, up-and-down bit of fun.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 3/3/15 5:42 pm
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Old number 6 as he refers to himself is cast along with the fabulous Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smythe. It is a god send that we have such a wonderful depth of Maggie's work, all of it first rate, she is and was one the best Doctor's companions in my opinion. Maggie's always just on her game, she portrays the kindly, gentle soul, with a simmering intelligence equal is some part to that of the Doctor. What makes this a joy to listen to is that she provides us with a foil for Colin, something his other companions don't and for that I treasure the adventures that they have shared.

This by no exception is another outing with No.6, Evelyn with Thomas Brewster along for good measure. Is Thomas a good guy, is he a bad guy or is he just a little too close to what the Doctor was in his past. I get the feeling that John Pickard who plays him, is in some ways mirroring a little of the mischievous nature of Doctor 2 and 4 hence the reason in my mind that they don't get on, they have what l would describe as a tolerable presence with each other.

However what all of this wonderful cast this just misses the target of being great, and only by a very narrow margin is that the story is contrived a little and also it skips around, with the central theme of alien smugglers of salt, and the age old battle of technology taking over mankind, with mankind rejecting it and trying to forge a future without the need for technology, and live a more simpler life. In fact the later half of this I got the feeling and de-javue of "The Tripods" looming as well. The back story of Thomas Brewster doing a escape routine with the salt smuggling alien, leaves the door open for more Thomas Brewster encounters, which would not be a bad thing. Overall this is a good solid release it is just that, since listening quite religiously to the Big Finish releases this is somewhat not up to par.
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Reviewed By: MegaplumfinityReview Date: 1/6/15 8:29 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A decent story with a great period setting and Eddie Robson's trademark original and quirky sci-fi ideas. Unfortunately Thomas Brewster fails to generate much interest. Dodgy shyster Belfrage (and the excellent Rory Kinnear) is much more engaging and makes me wish he was the main focus rather than Brewster. Overall it's undeniably entertaining, just not all it could have been.