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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 12/17/18 2:31 am
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A brilliant Leela story that does a fantastic job of rounding her out as a character. Hands down the best if the first series of 4DA.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 11/2/15 2:12 am
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The Wrath of the Iceni is for Leela, what The Aztecs was for Barbara Wright. It is the story where Leela has to learn why you can't interfere with major events in history. Instead of going back to see a controversial civilization, the Doctor accidentally takes Leela back to a rebellion in Britain during the Roman Empire led by Boudica who had her daughters raped before her eyes, which motivates her rebellion. Boudica is a kindred spirit for Leela who knows what it is like to be invaded, having been at war with the Tesh during The Face of Evil. The way John Dorney writes is really interesting as here, while the Doctor condemns Boudica's and Leela's actions, he doesn't praise the Romans for what they did. Tom Baker gives his best performance yet on this first season of stories and really works well with Louise Jameson after their rather strained relationship on the show in the Graham Williams era.

The supporting cast is also great. While I don't know much about ancient Britain or Boudica's rebellion, the way Boudica is presented here is done extremely well. Ella Kenion plays a great Boudica as misguided with just a touch of insanity showing through. Nia Roberts' Bragnar is also a great companion to the Doctor when Leela is out with Boudica on the front lines, as she is a strong woman who although part of Boudica's cause, doesn't really want to see anyone die. The best parts of the story however is probably the ending where the Doctor talks his way out of the solution and is able to save Bragnar's life from Boudica's impending defeat. It harkens forward to The Fires of Pompeii where the Doctor saves the life of one of many, because he can't deal with allowing the massacre of everyone. This is really a story you should get if you love the historical format.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/21/15 2:00 pm
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'The Wrath of the Iceni' by John Dorney is the first pure historical story in performed Doctor Who to feature the Fourth Doctor and was directed by Ken Bentley. This audio drama was recorded on 13 September 2011 and was first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra's Seventh Dimension, presented by Toby Hadoke, on 30th May 2015. Pacquolas played by Daniel Hawksford mentions watching fights in the Colosseum. In reality, however, its construction did not begin until 70 AD, ten years after the events of this story take place.

The Doctor and Leela are in Britain in the year 60 AD and after Leela saves the life of Boudica the time travelling pair are taken back to Boudica's camp where the Doctor tell Leela about Boudica and her struggle against the Roman invaders. Leela feels that Boudica is a kindred spirit and against the Doctor’s protestations not to get involved ends up going against his wishes.

The music is sparse but there are some great sound effects which help create a natural atmosphere. The directing is clear and focused with a story that is told well. Tom seems to be in his element with this but Louise attracts most of the attention here with a nuanced performance from a usually unsubtle character. There is a diminutive cast featuring Nia Roberts as Bragnar and Ella Kenion as Boudica. Great performances across the board.

This is quite simply a great historical. There is a layered atmosphere, a textured plot, rich characterisation with great humour and wonderful dialogue. Tom is on form and the contrast of the warrior maidens Leela and Boudica is superb. Leela defies the Doctor giving rise to a conflict of loyalties and real drama.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/16/15 9:51 am
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This Big Finish Doctor Who gives us something TV never did: A Fourth Doctor historical. As someone who isn't acquainted with First Century English History, I found this as a fascinating tale as the Doctor and Leela encounter Boudica as she leads a rebellion against the Romans, a rebellion Leela thinks she and the Doctor should join, in but this time the Doctor doesn't want to interfere, however Leela's determined to fight for Boudica anyway.

The Doctor has some great lines and Tom Baker delivers them brilliantly in a performance that oozes charm. Louise Jameson is great as Leela, who turns in a wonderful performance as she is attracted to Boudica's cause but begins to learn that there's a more sinister side to this warrior. The story also does a good job showing the challenge of time travel. Unlike some instances where other Doctors' decision not to meddle with history seems arbitrary such as the Doctor refusing to help in the St. Bartholomew's Eve massacre, The Doctor not wanting to help Boudica is founded on a more solid basis. Sometimes, a war is a clear case of good v. evil. More often it's a case of two sides battling where the choice is far harder and discretion dictates staying out of it.

Overall, some great performance particularly from the female members of the cast and a solid script by Dorney make this another winner.