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158. Wirrn Isle

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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 10/15/18 10:31 pm
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To begin with, the cover image itself is a work of art. A lone ultra-light over a sea of ice while the maw of a frozen wirrn protrudes through the surface. This is enough to tell us what to expect: A cold isolated environment with the threat of one of the monsters of Dr Who legend.

The story does begin slowly and the writer allows us to believe in the threat of isolation and the wirrn, but as we progress, we learn a far more sinister enemy is at play. Not so much a physical enemy as a conceptual one. There is a mystery to solve before the Doctor can truly understand the threat he faces as the histories of the Buchman family are slowly revealed.

William Gallagher has only a small portfolio of stories, but it is a good one. He has made an effort to write well for Flip, which shows especially with his later story, Scavenger.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/19/15 1:54 pm
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This story that has the Doctor and Flip landing at a colony resettling the once-devastated Earth, out from Nerva City in a story that really ties into the classic Doctor Who Tale, The Ark in Space.

The story works on several levels. It's a great survival tale and does a good job capturing that sense of a wretchedly cold situation that the Doctor and friends face against the surprise presence of the Wirrin. Flip takes to the sky in a lightweight aircraft, grows as a character,i and has a very sweet final moment with the Doctor at the end. While they were apart for most of the story, this relationship feels as much like warm father-daughter relationship as any I've seen or heard in Doctor Who. The family drama portion of the episode, mostly works as it makes the characters seem real, although there were a few moments that did seem a little soap operatic.

The scenes in Nerva City were a little less effective, particularly those involving Paul, an incompetent government official in the story to be both incompetent and a government official. Still, this is a solid conclusion to a very good first trilogy for the old Sixie and Flip.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 3/26/15 6:20 pm
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This release I made a big of a mistake, as I listened to the second disk initially before the first, realising my mistake after about ten minutes I felt a little bit out of step. Soon rectified, the story that unfolded was simply stunning and was more than I had expected. WE catch the Doctor with Flip cast adrift in Loch Lomond, it is 16127 century, and the earth as been repopulated after the Nerva beacon returned to earth. A family have returned from Nerva city to Loch Lomond, to start a new colony. However there are secrets held within the family unit that are to play out, and have dire consequences for all. Under the Loch the sleeping the Wirrn are waiting to pounce, and all it will take is the grief of a lost child.

The story just unfolds one thing after another, which makes for fantastic listening. Colin plays the Doctor as slick as always, and the character of Flip really comes into her own, with a good percentage of this story revolving around her exploits. The thing that is stand out for this is the writing, this could easily have been T.V. or a film it is that good, the plot is wonderfully well constructed. It does not let up with pace, and there are plenty of plot twists that make for your interest never to wain throughout. I like the way that Big Finish have picked up the Wirrn again, they are not so much evil as incredibly unpleasant. I also enjoyed the way in which there was a quite real human element. Broken relationships, betrayal and the way in which technology can be the undoing of humankind. This has it all and l like the use by Big Finish of the Wirrn.

If I recall from the Tom Baker encounter with the rather unpleseant Wirrn in Ark in Space, the horrendous Wirrn are infesting the humans aboard the Ark and using them as host to propagate their species, in fact I would go away and watch this episode and see just how well this Big Finish production is, when held in comparison.

Check out the DVD from Amazon priced at only £6.90!
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Reviewed By: andystehrReview Date: 10/23/14 9:02 am
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Slow to start, but once it got going I enjoyed it immensely!