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54. The Natural History of Fear

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Reviewed By: clemgeoReview Date: 6/6/18 1:30 pm
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“The Natural History of Fear” (“Évolution naturelle de la peur”) est un des (trop ?) rares exemples d’histoire entièrement conçue pour être écoutée, à telle point qu’une adaptation à un autre média n’aurait aucun sens. Il faut se lancer porter par cette valse, rythmée au son des enregistreurs et du thème musical déformé.

Niveau de difficulté : ++

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Français anglophone et Doctor Who-phile, je me suis lancé en 2017 dans l’exploration des productions de Big Finish. J’espère que mes avis aideront d’autres « whoviens » francophones à sauter le pas.
Voici mon échelle de difficulté :
+ : facile à comprendre
++ : quelques détails m’ont échappé mais cela ne nuit pas à la compréhension générale
+++ : quelques détails clés de l’intrigue m’ont échappé (à compléter par la lecture de résumés en ligne) / peut demander des connaissances en histoire britannique
++++ : une large partie de l’histoire m’a échappé / histoire difficilement audible (déformation de voix, etc.)

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As an English-speaking French Whovian, I threw myself into the exploration of Big Finish productions in 2017. I hope my reviews will help other French-speaking Whovians to take the plunge.

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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 5/16/18 12:34 am
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I don't really understand this one, will come back with a better opinion upon a relisten later down the line
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 7/16/17 2:15 am
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I remember this story being announced. Big Finish made a big deal of the fact that Paul McGann really loved the script. I remember being worried about this. As a reader of Virgin and BBC Doctor Who novels, I was not a fan of Jim Mortimore. While "The Natural History of Fear" shares with many of Mortimore's novels the trait of conspicuously failing to fit comfortably into an ongoing series,, it is never the less a brilliant standalone story.

This is one of those stories where listening to the previous stories doesn't actually help. It's helpful to be up-to-date with what's going on in the range, and it's helpful to be able to recognize Conrad Westmaas's voice, but the story is still going to be mysterious and confusing. It's designed to be. Part of the mystery of the story is not knowing who these characters are, and what relationship they have to our regular characters. Have they been brainwashed somehow and given roles in Light City? On a first lesson, it's simply unclear.

The relationship between memory and identity if one of the themes of the story, and we quickly learn that both are easily editable in Light City. People who commit "thought crime", such as asking questions, are "revised". Light City quells rebellion by erasing and re-programming the individuals who rebel. The story bears some resemblance to other totalitarian dystopias of science fiction, but Mortimore's story approaches these ideas in its own way. There are also themes regarding media and censorship, the use of entertainment to encourage loyalty to the state, and so on. This has to be the most thematically rich story Big Finish has ever done.

And it's also damned entertaining, with an amazing cast full of great performances.
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Reviewed By: EightsGirlReview Date: 6/12/17 4:01 am
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Wow! Just wow! I cannot recommend this audio enough. Set in the Divergent Universe, this sees the Doctor, Charley, and C'rizz in a zone called Light City. Like the other reviews say, it's a very Orwellian place. What happens from here, one must simply listen. I was blown away by the end.

Paul and India are brilliant in the roles they play (yes, it's more than just the Doctor and Charley.) One scene in particular had tears rolling down my face before I even realized I was crying. The emotion was just that overwhelming.

One reason I loved this audio so much was the deeper meaning to the story. I don't want to give it away but it's incredibly thought provoking.

I can't say it enough: go listen, enjoy, and repeat. This is definitely an audio one must listen to more than once.