Reviewed By: traves8853
Review Date: 9/4/15 5:51 pm
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Released back in December 2011 'Beyond the Ultimate Adventure' was written by none other than Terence Dicks, and is the first story he has written since 'the Five Doctors'. This story is a sequel to The Ultimate Adventure, an audio adaptation of a 1989 stage play. Narrated for continuity leading one scene into another but stars Colin as 'the Doctor', Claire Huckle as 'Crystal' and 'Noel Sullivan' as Jason, so this has some pedigree. A mercenary calls the Doctor and his crew to the Bar Galactica where he takes on a quest to another dimension for treasure and to prevent universal danger.
The quality of the samples used in the music is mostly of a very high quality, but the arrangement of the music is awful. Deliberately jumbled at times to show hectic confusion the composer has taken his mandate to far at times. There is also lots of bland ominous droning music. The whole tone of the production is sombre and the Doctor quotes 'Edgar Alan Poe'. In general the acting is missing enthusiasm. Welsh born Noel Sullivan plays his character with a strong cliched French accent which saps a lot of atmosphere from his narration. It's hard to blame Colin and Claire for phoning their lines in at times. The bright side? Jason Haigh-Ellery’s direction, that’s it.
Ok, the writing isn't the best and the acting is decidedly average at best but the music kills any real atmosphere. A different musical arrangement wouldn't cure all the problems with this but it would go a long way. There are lots of unnecessary continuity call backs to various Terrence Dicks adventures, and the story is rather boring. I have never heard a story that lacks strong imagery as much as this one does. The ending is utterly boring and I am told you really need to hear the Ultimate Adventure stageplay, to fully get this but I wouldn't bother because this is shit!