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75. Scaredy Cat

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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 7/11/18 12:58 am
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Not particularly good at all. But most of all it feels a little rip off as you get half as much a listen for the usual price. Yikes but yes the story is rather bland. I at least did find the set up of showing Crizz a virgin (untouched) world interesting.

Not the best of rights adventures but hey better are to come
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Reviewed By: doctorwhnoeReview Date: 1/28/18 11:15 am
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When you see that the episodes are only 19 minutes long, that some of the scenes are rushed in 11 seconds and that they take a near 40 years old woman to play a little girl, you can smell the essence of a bad story.

I've already forget all the supporting characters. The story is only one hour long so they haven't the time to be present and there's to many of them. And they're blank. Very good ! Flood is the cliché bad guy (but Michael chance was good) and 'scaredy cat, scaredy cat' don't mean anything ! There isn't any car or anything scary in this story.

The effects aren't very memorable, sometime I didn't know how to imagine the scene. Like when the Doctor and C'rizz go in the planet past and meet the locals, I didn't know where they were. In the middle of a small village ? A giant city ? Or a jungle ?

The Doctor is perhaps the mots interesting thing of the story. He haven't any great line but he is the 'thing' that make all the episodes move forward. Mc Gann is brilliant and he make me like the eight Doctor.

Charley is... Charley was in the story ? Ho I don't rememeber her because she was blank. And C'rizz was good, he was dark and had some great time like when he disobey the Doctor or like when he say he had killed peoples.

And finally the cliffanghers. They were so cliché or useless. One of them is Flood who say 'Hello my dear' and that's all. We didn't know him but the idea of a cliffanghers just here let me think he is the bad guy and I think it spoil the surprise.

Listen this only if you're, like me, a completist.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 8/22/17 1:13 am
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This has to be one of the least memorable Big Finish releases ever. It's not nearly so bad as to be skip-worthy, IMO (although I am highly skip-averse), so I've heard as many times as I've heard the stories around it. But I remember way less about it. Basically, just that annoying sing-song chant, and that's pretty much it. And that's really not much to hang a story on.

Of course, there's much more to the story than just a little girl chanting "Scaredy Cat" for reasons that have never been clear to me. That's just the memorable part, because it's the title of the story, it's featured in the trailer, and it happens many times throughout the story. Everything else is plot that seems more or less sensible at the time, but doesn't make much of an impression. The upside is that listening to this story is almost like getting a brand new "Doctor Who" story every single time. The downside is that it's always disappointing.

I'm sorry if that sound mean. The story doesn't deserve that. This isn't a really bad story. It even has the benefit of being quite short. And I don't mean that in a "there's less of it to hate" kind of way. The story is as long as it needs to be, and in this case, that's really quite short. I'd much rather it be quite short than to have it padded out just for the sake of reaching an arbitrary minimum run time. Some stories are short, and that's okay. This story isn't very good, but it wouldn't be any better if it were longer.

My real problem with the story is all this business about newly-formed planets being all mystical and strange. Listen, I'm the first to admit that I can't make a plausible logical argument for which blatantly implausible sci-fi concepts are acceptable and which are not. I just know that, for me, the stuff in this story about a sort of living planet sorta thing is not something I'm willing to accept. I can't defend that view, but it is my view, and it is largely why I don't like this story.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/15/15 9:55 am
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Recorded on 27 and 28 April 2005 at The Moat Studios 'Scaredy Cat' was written by Will Shindler who also wrote 'The Twilight Kingdom' and directed by Nigel Fairs. It's only one hour and about ten minutes, how BF can justify the price for such a short runtime with a poor reputation, or why they split it into four episodes I don't know. Worth looking on Ebay or Amazon though.

The dripping of water and birds tweeting all sound very natural, but the child's singing, and the actor making Gorilla sounds undermines the rest of the effects in any scene it features. The little Girl sounds so unconvincing. The music is utterly unengaging. The chime like music is regularly forced on the listener destroying any atmosphere. The cliff hangers are lame and the directing is confusing. When Enuis Flood meets his end we are greeted with a cacophony of sounds and screams before we are eventually given a rather forced explanation from the Doctor.

Charlie is virtually non-existent, C'rizz seems bland and the characterisation of the non-regular characters is lame. Who is Eunis Flood? What does he want? He is just evil. He is generic and his dialogue is forced. No character set up they just jump straight into the action, why is this so short? Then again this is so steeped in blandness maybe we should be thankful for small mercies. I have heard some bad Big Finish but this is awful. The only good idea is that one of the scientists is trying to find a gene that causes evil; this could lead onto some interesting questions about freewill - but no!