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7.4 - The Last Post

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Reviewed By: Lord SlarrReview Date: 4/2/17 1:48 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Liz Shaw is at her best here (well other than in Inferno) you really get to know what the character is thinking and even the relationship with her mother who is a big part of this story which I like as it means the stakes of the story are on quite a personal level for Liz. This really adds to the tension, I won't spoil anything but the whole scenario behind this is crafted ingeniously by James Goss and knows exactly when to pull the right punches which makes the final confrontation with the computer all the better. The best part of the story is definitely the build up however, as things slowly unfold its sheer magic to behold. This story is not just good in its own right, it's also a testament to season 7 which is argued to be one of the greatest seasons of Doctor Who and helps tie it all up in a neat little bow. The Silurians reference in particular actually adds to that story from within the confines of this one without being fanwank which is a hallmark of many great Big Finish stories.

Overall this story is a true labour of love and is masterfully written from start to finish. As somebody who's favourite season is season 7 I happily welcome it as an addition to it.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/3/15 6:55 am
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"Dear Dr. Lawrence,

We regret to inform you that you will pass on October 21st at 4pm.

Deepest Sympathy"

Recorded on 26th January 2012 the late Caroline John's swan song for Big Finish is the ephemeral 'Last Post'. The audio starts with a conversation between Liz and her mother 'Emily', played by Rowena Cooper. After the initial exchange the conversation moves between narrated letter exchanges and phone calls which makes this one semi-narrated, though the majority is acted. The events occur around the time of 'Spearhead in Space' through till 'Inferno'.

Various prominent scientists have been receiving letters predicting their death shortly before their deaths. Liz has been charting the deaths which lead back to her own mother, and the coming apocalypse. The pace of the first episode is rather languid but the narrative is involving. The second half picks up the tempo.

Both actresses give sublime performances, although Rowena as Liz's prime and proper but perhaps slightly dotty mother is a revelation. The music is delicate and serene, lingering in the background. The atmosphere is both blissful and mysterious in a dream like fashion.

It’s fitting that the final appearance of such a deeply loved actress should be a miniature classic. This has to be one of the most simply but involving and emotive storylines in the range. It manages to fit more into its hour duration in terms of characterisation and narrative than any I have yet heard. From the seventh series of the Companion Chronicles that featured 'the Time Museum' and 'the Scorchies' (both written by James Goss who also wrote this story), this series already has two veritable classics and here is another.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/21/15 9:45 am
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

This is a great talking book told as a series of conversations and letters between Liz Shaw and her never-mentioned before Mother. Several people are found dead and letters are in their pocket indicating that they've been warned of their pending doom. Writer James Goss dips deeply into the well of Season 7 Doctor Who to come up with a lovely science fiction scenario that explains the letters and how they're tied to the Armageddon Clock.

This is Caroline John's last performance before of any kind before her death and a great performance it was. Rowena Cooper makes this story perfect as the feisty and fun Dame Emily Shaw. Also, the cliffhanger at the end of the Part One was one of the best I've heard in the Companion Chronicles.

This is simply marvelous and now one of my favorite Companion Chronicles. The only sad part for me was the final interview where Mrs. John talked about wanting to do more
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Reviewed By: SkyTwoReview Date: 5/21/13 5:18 am
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Writing this in the form of an epistolary novel was an inspired choice, and we get two strong performances in the characters Liz Shaw and her mother Emily. This approach permits a fun way around the unavoidable absence of the Doctor, and it's great fun to see a 'mature woman' so taken with the dashing middle-aged swashbuckler. John's contributions will be sorely missed, but she really brought her A-game in the Companion Chronicles work and shows what a tremendous (and neglected) character we had in Liz Shaw.
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