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Dark Eyes - 1.1 - The Great War

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Reviewed By: PolarityReversalReview Date: 1/16/16 2:01 am
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I went to Chicago Tardis the year this box set came out and as soon as I saw the box art, I had to get it. I had never listened to one of the Big Finish audio dramas, and wow, what a way to pick a starting spot. Paul McGann is just phenomenal in this medium. To its credit, this series was so good I am now over 20 entries deep into the BF Doctor Who universe, so it really hooked me. One of the things I noticed about this story versus many of the other ones I have listened to is just the overall quality of the audio, from the music to the effects, the mixing is just spot on. Just listen to it.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 9/7/15 9:34 am
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The first story of this new era of 8th Doctor adventure starts with our intrepid No.8 being cast into the first world war, or the great war as some would have it. It finds him meeting up with the supporting companion of Molly (Dark Eyes). A VAD (voluntary aid detachment), she is not only battling the atrocities of what war brings, and the horrors, of man's ability to cause death and destruction. However this is not helped when you not only have the enemy shooting, and gassing attacks happening, but throw in a smattering of the Doctor's old enemy of the Daleks and you are in for a real terror ride. There is further intrigue when you add to this that a man is also trying to find Molly. Glowing gas, Daleks, and a plot to destroy the timelords, and you are starting to get the picture that this is going to be one massive Who adventure.


We have the very capable hands of McGann here, who, basically is like loading a gun, and pulling the trigger when it comes to portraying the effervescent timelord, and his interpretation of No.8 is without fault. Big Finish have made this Doctor their own in every sense, not only does the character fit so well into any dramatization that they place, but McGann as that ability to make it sound effortless. Good shift is put in here by Paul, making the performance a knock out with first bewilderment, suspicion, and general mistrust of all around him, including his new companion. Ruth Bradley, who plays Dark Eyes, is simply stunning her Irish lilt and almost effortless ability to convey the range of emotions that are required in this first story are wonderful. A superb start to this four parter.
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Reviewed By: Doctor Alec HardyReview Date: 9/1/15 8:48 pm
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I LOVE MOLLY! This story was brilliant! I love the dynamic of Mcgann and Molly and this episode really aets the tone for later adventures. Upset with the deaths of ***** & ******* though. The story itself was really engaging, however, I found it more than a bit far fetched that the Doctor could fix a crater in a train track with his sonic screwdriver, but oh well. Buy it anyway, for Molly O'Sullivan!!!
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/9/15 12:12 pm
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This story opens on the heels of, "To the Death," with the Doctor heading to end of universe in search of hope before being diverted by the Time Lords to World War I and encountering Molly O'Sullivan, a VAD Nurse's Aide (don't call her a Nurse or Sister unless you want to get her in trouble.)

The first scene is incredibly powerful and Paul McGann turns in a forceful performance as this very broken and desperate Doctor.I also loved when McGann sang, "It's a Long Way to Tipperary." It was just perfect The story does a great job establish Molly O'Sullivan as this very tough character who is bearing her own tragedy through the midst of the Great War.

The soundscape is marvelous. It takes the high standards of Big Finish audio and kicks it to the next level. It is so incredibly rich with so many details done perfectly. It takes back to the First World War, which is an era rarely visited by Doctor Who.

I did think that some of the mystery in this story wasn't so mysterious particularl the reveal that occurred when the Doctor was receiving a blood transfusion. Still, this is a ripping start to the Dark Eyes story.