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77. Other Lives

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 8/27/17 3:34 am
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The upside of this story is that it's quite different. There's no other story quite like it, and I'm a big fan of stories that stretch the format. I'm glad this story was made, and I'm glad so many people seem to enjoy it so much. But it just doesn't work for me.

It's not really a story at all. It's just a loosely-connected series of events, which depends on several coincidences. There's a wisp of a plot about an attempted assassination against a couple of French dignitaries (played for no obvious reason by India Fisher and Conrad Westmaas), but it doesn't amount to much. And then there's a separate story about C'rizz being forced to appear as a freakshow exhibit. Finally, the Doctor meets a woman who somehow convinces herself that he is her missing husband. There are incidental (or coincidental) connections between each of these stories, but they don't amount to much. There's nothing seriously wrong with any of the stories, and they're all well-written and well-acted. It just all seems arbitrary and completely inconsequential.

It's an interesting curiosity, and it's reasonably enjoyable to listen to (especially Ron Moody's performance as the Duke of Wellington), but personally I just don't care for it.
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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 10/18/16 6:35 am
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This month's listeners title, "Other Lives" is a story where the Tardis crew is stranded and separated in Victorian England. Overall I felt the story was quite slow and hard to get into but the performances by McGann, Fisher and the characters for play the Duke of Wellington and Georgina Marlow.

An above average story that may get a higher rating on repeat listens.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/16/15 11:53 pm
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Other Lives is the first (and so far only) pure historical featuring the Eighth Doctor as it finds the Doctor, Charley, and C'Rizz landing at the great exposition in England in 1851 and the three are seprated.

It's an utterly charming story that works because of it's strong guest cast and their chemistry with the leads. Ron Moody stars as an elderly Duke of Wellington and creates a great character who combines charm and gallantry with a certain wilyness of a man who is used to power and getting his way. Charley plays perfectly off him as the two form a fast friendship based on her initial ignorance as to who he is.

Half way through the story the Doctor encounters a woman (Francesca Hunt) who so desperately believes he's her missing husband. It's the type of story we'd expect from the Eighth Doctor after seeing the TV movie but never quite got before.

C'Rizz continues his character arc as he encounters the unscrupulous Freakshow master Jacob Crackles. The two don't have the same sort of relationship but Mike Halloway creates a character who is very memorably played as this Victorian Scoundrel.

Michael Hobbs plays the officious Mr Fazackerly who is key to all the plots. One thing I liked about it was that unlike some more recent attempts of Doctor Who to show evils of the Victorian era, this one didn't indulge in speechifying or pounding home its points with a hammer. It simply told a story that naturally revealed these flaws rather than pushing an agenda.

Overall, this was a great outing for the Eighth Doctor and it's a shame he didn't do more historicals.

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 10/12/14 6:21 am
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This release starts off with a wonderful, English, euphemistic remark from the lips of Charlie. The drama itself reminded me of a mixture of things, a healthy dose of Carry On Screaming from Peter Rodgers stable. The other thing that sprang to mind whilst listening is the Big Finish missed a trick here by not working in a small role for Jago and Litefoot. That said, the performances in this stand out and I for one enjoyed it so much that I have re-listened to this several times before I wrote this review. There are three separate stories that play out through this, all wrapped up in the one central theme that the Doctor as arrived in 1800's at the opening of the Crystal Palace. The French Royalists whom are visiting the palace go missing, due to the Doctor inadvertently lending them his TARDIS, whilst he deals with not paying entrance to the Palace, Charlie ends up befriending the Duke of Wellington, and C'rizz on form ends up performing in a Victorian freak show. As this was not enough the Doctor himself is finds himself married to a women who needs the Doctors intervention to prevent her loosing her house. This is a big story. Formulistic yes, well acted yes, worth listening yes.