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152. House of Blue Fire >

151. The Doomsday Quatrain

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/7/15 12:26 pm
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Despite what the TARDIS instruments say, it appears the Doctor's landed in 16th Century where Nostradamus is predicting the imminent end of the world.

This is a decent story with a solid premise. The Doctor does get a few clever lines and some moments to play master manipulator, but that's about all that can be said for it. The story has a, "Been there, done that," feel with two races of aliens, neither of which make a strong impression.

The same can be said of Nostradamus (who's reactions are only really interesting at the start of the third episode) who is not written with much vibrancy or depth. The result is a story that's tolerable but not really outstanding.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 3/13/15 9:09 am
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Another drama here that plays to the solitary strengths of McCoy, in the sense that McCoy is bigger than the rest of the cast, so with no companion's at his side the Doctors existence and presence does not get intruded upon and in doing so we I think you get a much more undiluted performance that I personally like from Sylvester. In Doomsday Quatrain we see the Doctor turning up on what he thinks is a planet, but soon finds out that it is a constructed battlefield, and sandbox for those that can afford it to play out war-games, or to work out how to do so for future use. However held with this micro world he comes across a replicated Nostradamus whom as more than the normal ability of the constructed masses, this is picked up by one of the aliens whom are responsible for this artificial planet, and it soon comes to their attention that they need to work out why this construct however as this power of foresight. Draped against the back drop of the customer - lizard like aliens who are testing out their abilities and abilities. There is a massive comparison here to Carnival of Monsters episodes so therefore this somewhat looses it's dramatic appeal . However the director and the sound designer do add their talents getting this back on track.
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Reviewed By: FlyingTigerComicsReview Date: 3/9/15 3:09 am
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When the Doctor stories abandon history
All that we have left is pallid mystery
And so a tale neither good nor bad is done
Where a better hand may have a greater story spun
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Reviewed By: EiphelReview Date: 9/19/11 12:52 am
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My subscription ended on Recorded Time. I hadn't been at all impressed with Big Finish this year. The Main Range seemed uninspired and dreary, and the Lost Stories misguided and tonally all over the place. I wasn't intending to resubscribe. Instead I was going to go for Tom, or the Davison lost stories, or maybe some Companion Chronicles. Thing is, the Silver Turk seemed really exciting, and I found myself really psyched for the new McGann stories. I changed my mind. I would give the Main Range one last go. But then... Well, to say the press for Doomsday Quatrain was bad would be an understatement. Wow, has it been panned. So I changed my mind again. But I heard enough good things about House of Blue Fire, and I REALLY wanted the McGanns, so I dived in. And hey, you know, I was not at all horrified by the Doomsday Quatrain.

Oh, it's still pretty trad and shallow, but it's at least quite fun and I found it nipped along quite quickly. The concept is very close to The Rebel Flesh, and explored in less depth, but the set dressing is nicer. I enjoyed Nostradamus, though he wasn't particularly historically infused. The performance was David Warner-esque, I felt, and I really enjoyed his scenes. I also thought the Polidons (I know that's not quite right) were a decent bunch, if not precisely standout memorable characters. The other aliens (The names are just completely eluding me tonight) were a bit weak. Fairly typical savages, but not as bad as that style of alien is often done.

The production is lovely on this, as well. The different locations are easily distinguished, and the shifting atmosphere well captured. The music is a pleasure.

This isn't a great story, but actually, maybe, it might be one of the ones I enjoyed most this year. 6/10