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78. Pier Pressure

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 8/30/17 2:11 pm
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The first time I listened to this story, I didn't care for it much at all, as seems to be the general consensus. But I've found that it has grown on me quite a bit as I've re-visited it over the years. Now, while I wouldn't exactly count it among my favorites, I consider it quite an enjoyable story.

The main attraction, of course, is Roy Hudd as Max Miller. If you aren't completely charmed by his performance, you might as well give up and listen to something else. Personally, I could listen to him banter with the Doctor, Evelyn, and Billy all day long. I had never heard of Max Miller before listening to this story, but I feel like I know him extremely well thanks to how vividly the character was written and performed. It's hard not to be reminded of "The Unquiet Dead". In both stories, the guest star was played by an actor who was also an expert on the subject's life and work. In both cases, this helps to create at least the appearance of authenticity (I don't know enough about Dickens or Miller to comment on actual authenticity), which is a big part of what makes each story work.

Both stories, after all, are quite simple and formulaic renderings of ideas common to sci-fi in general and to "Doctor Who" in particular. Neither story is especially fresh or new or original. This doesn't bother me. Most "Doctor Who" stories, in any medium, hew closely to familiar concepts and tropes. What sets a story apart is the details. Both this story and "The Unquiet Dead" benefit from their setting. The stories may be mostly familiar, but they take their particular character from the time and place in which they are set.

Despite enjoying this story rather more than most, it seems, I agree with many of the criticisms that detractors level at this story. If you're the sort of person who listens mostly for plot (no criticism intended), this story is probably not for you. The plot here is just an excuse to have an adventure with Max Miller in Brighton. That's what the story is really about, IMO.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/9/17 5:57 am
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The plot and villain behind this story are pretty standard and typical for Doctor Who, though not bad at all. However, to me, what makes this story work are its strong character interactions between the Doctor, Evelyn, and British blue comedian Max Miller. The Doctor has some fairly good introspective moments thrown in too. The story seems to borrow from the monster movies of the 1930s which is an interesting effect. It's enjoyable for what it is, but I can see how this could be a hard story to get into.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 10/18/14 6:38 pm
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Max Miller was a 20's, 30's and pre and post second world war, British musical hall (variety theater) comedian, who, I understand was a little blue sometimes and a little broad (rude for american readers). Roy Hudd is a British actor, writer, comedian and re-knowned expert on the late and some would say great Max Miller, so it makes perfect sense if Big Finish where to make a drama with the character of Max Miller in it they employ probably the defacto expert to play him. For the most part I enjoyed Roy's performance, he was spot on, playing the character with complete pathos and timing. We have the pleasure of Maggie as Evelyn on another outing with Colin as Doctor number 6. The acting in itself carries this forward, as for the story, it is a little tried and tested, alien entity takes unsuspecting and vulnerable end of the pier physic over to somehow manipulate said human as stepping stone to taking over the world. Step in the Doctor, Evelyn and ably assisted by Max Miller and BANG you have a Doctor Who. Lets say one sentence to summaries, acting up to par, this is the not the worst and not the best, and for 6th Doctor adventures this is one of the weaker releases.
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Reviewed By: jdhall1971Review Date: 8/23/13 6:03 pm
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Never gets anywhere and the plot is awful. Too dialogue heavy.