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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 10/30/15 12:53 pm
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Renaissance Man by Justin Richards brings something really unique to the table with the story being about a man trying to learn everything about the universe. I can just imagine all of the different landscapes that the story goes through as the plot twists and turns. The script is good at making you wonder where it is going to go next. Tom Baker and Louise Jameson are both relishing this script as it really develops the relationship between The Doctor and Leela more than it ever did on television.

The supporting cast is great in this story with Ian McNiece's Harcourt being a great villain who really isn't having any malice towards anyone. The performance has some great comedic bits running throughout especially when they go with the twist near the end. The hardest part of this was that everyone plays more than one character in this audio.

The pacing is also really well done with the story only needing an hour to play out and if there was anything bad about the story it would be the score and the ripping off of Dead London in places.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/21/15 9:25 am
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

'The Renaissance Man' was written by Justin Richards who recently wrote 'The Rani Elite' and directed by Ken Bentley. This audio drama was recorded on 17 August 2011 and was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra on 23 May 2015 as an hour long compilation of the two episodes, with opening and closing credits read by presenter Toby Hadoke.

The Doctor and Leela find themselves in a museum designed to act as a repository for knowledge. The Doctor believes there is a fault with the museum's systems that are designed to copy knowledge from people who have been lifted from their times zones but is instead taking and wiping the minds of the inhabitants. Obviously Reginald Harcourt who appears to be in charge has a Machiavellian scheme to assimilate all the available knowledge for selfish purposes, but if he just copied there would be no problem. I don't think the villains motivations are well developed enough. Steal information Ok, but do it slightly differently and nobody would have a problem.

The music is very timid and doesn't really do much. There a few chase segments that really sound like a Big Finish sound effects greatest hits compilation. One minute we are chased by Messerschmitts then we are in a western saloon. Obvious 'War Games' comparisons aside it's something that done on TV could be impressive but doesn’t have the same effect on audio.

The acting is competent all round and with robots you have to expect flat characters and this is part of the story but even so it doesn't help when there is so much filler in the form of chase scenes. Tom is more convincing in this one than the last and Louise is also on good form.

Much like the preceding story 'Destination Nerva' this one has a rather thin and poorly realised plot. Lots of filler and running around with some incredibly dull and tedious characters. 'The Renaissance Man' follows on from 'Destination Nerva' in the same way the preceding story followed directly on from 'Talons of Weng-Chiang'. Yet in 'Talons of Weng-Chiang' Leela could barely hold a pistol and now one of the ancillary characters comments on how skilfully she hands a pistol. This seems very odd when there are so many nods to the past like a pointless 'Creature from the Pit' reference yet the writer doesn't seem all that bothered by continuity. There are quite a few attempts at humour and some of these work much better than others.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/9/15 12:49 pm
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

This two part CD story has the Doctor and Leela arriving early for a museum opening only to find some diabolical doings as a man is determined to know everything even if it means sucking every bit of knowledge from others and leaving them as empty husks. It's not long before the mastermind sets his sights on the Doctor.

This is a fantastic Doctor Who story. It manages to have a great sci fi concept, while also throwing in some great humorous moments. Leela's encounter with a World War I soldier is comedy gold. Both Baker and Jameson are in fine form as well. The story also is thought provoking with a deep point about the difference between knowledge and understanding. Highly recommended.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 8/4/14 3:41 pm
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What starts out as a field trip to the Morovainian Museum, for the Dr and Leela, end up with a quite different and unlikely series of adventures trying to evade an over zealous procurer of knowledge.

There is a little moral tale in this story that we most all not forget, and that is simply we cannot know everything, even though we think we should. Wanting to know everything is not a bad thing, as long as we go about it on our own. Therein lies the synopsis of this in a nutshell.

Faced with a women who is the world knowledgeable butterfly collector, the Dr faces a foe bent on trying to extract all of his knowledge, only with the Dr deft and underlying ability to side step the obvious does mental probing does the Dr undo the evil that Harcourt whom thinks he this evil knowledge collector does the Dr and Leela evade his attempts at theft. With a wonderful twist in the tale at the end, and a moral one as well this story plays out for it’s full time without any questions not being answered in their fullest. Smashing Dr Who adventure and brilliant in the interplay.