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42. The Dark Flame

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Reviewed By: EcclestonSmithReview Date: 2/25/19 10:21 am
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This was really fun to listen too and ace was peƤretty good in this
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Reviewed By: doctorwhnoeReview Date: 1/30/18 1:49 pm
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Not the story of the century but perhaps one of the best characterization of characters I've ever seen. The plot is simple but the characters are really good and the acting is perfect. Bernice was the best character I think and Lisa Bowerman know how to play her.

The DOctor is beetween the clown of season 24 and the dark shadow of season 26. He can make jokes but he is dark and manipulative. This story is set during the NA so I wanted to see hos it was. And I wasn't disapointed ! Mc Coy give here one of his best performance as the Doctor.

Ace is asleep during a great part of the second episode and isn't very develloped during the story. We didn't feel the 'NA Ace' she is more the basic character of season 26, but a bit more mature.

Bernice is perfect, the greatest par of the story, nothing else to say about her ! The plot was basic 'A cult reborn and try to control the universe'. Baxtendal never wrote any NA but wrote the beautiful Fear of the dark.

The supporting cast is OK. They aren't bad or good, just normal, simple. Praed is perhaps the more 'villain' of all the characters because he is ver, very weird and dark.

To conclude, buy it only if you like the NA or if you like good acting :because that's the more interesting part of the story, you think the story bagan to slow at one moment and then someone say a good line and the story move forward !
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 7/1/17 8:33 pm
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Oh my. Another ancient cult. Another "relic". Seriously? There was plenty of that in "Nekromanteia". This story is not that grim, and it's a lot more enjoyable, but it's pretty generic. There's a macguffin and a hidden conspiracy. There are betrayals. There is technobabble. There are deaths. And the Doctor saves the day in the end with resourcefulness and a bit of cheek. You know... that one.

The fact that Benny is in the story invites inevitable but unfair comparisons to "The Shadow of the Scourge". That story was designed to be homage to the Virgin New Adventures, and written by one of the NA's most definitive authors, Paul Cornell. This story is just supposed to be a Big Finish main range release with Benny in the mix. It's not the same thing at all.

Interestingly, it suggests a fascinating origin for the character of Joseph the Porter from the Bernice Summerfield series. That's a pointless bit of continuity, but it's nice. The story works just as well even if you have never heard Joseph before, but it's a little extra treat for Benny fans.

Unfortunately, the story overall is just kind of bland and unmemorable. There's nothing terribly wrong with it. It's fine.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 10/29/16 7:38 pm
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The Dark Flame is a pretty standard Doctor Who story with Bernice Summerfield thrown in for good measure. The ideas aren't original, but if well executed, the story would be a fair, enjoyable, if not remarkable bit of Doctor Who. However, the execution of this idea makes it below average at best. The characterization of the heroes is the main problem. Around the third episode, Bernice and the Doctor's lines crossed the line between "laughs in the face of danger" and "insufferably smug." Ace is better here than in her last appearance, but the character has a few off moments as well. Like some other Big Finish stories, this release also tried to push boundaries to be more "adult" but instead came off as unpleasant. Overall, a disappointing and uncompelling release.