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Assassin in the Limelight (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 17 Nov 2014

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844353176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844353170
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.1 x 18.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Brack on 10 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
It is hard not to enjoy `Assassin in the Limelight', the latest Big Finish story from Robert Ross (who had previously contributed `Pier Pressure' and `Medicinal Purposes' to the range). The story features the return of Robert Knox, once again played with gusto by Leslie Philips, and takes an intriguing historical setting - the day of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

The tale unfolds quickly. The decision to set the story in America could have been a stumbling block but Ross has done his research, establishing the characters well and succeeding in telling a story about the assassination in which we never see Lincoln himself.

Colin Baker and Leslie Philips spark off each other nicely whilst Maggie Stables is as reliable as ever in the role of Evelyn. The supporting cast are good and the production values are as good as ever.

Compared to some of Big Finish's recent Doctor Who stories, `Assassin in the Limelight' is a reliable romp of an adventure. Certainly it could not be accused of drowning in depth, but it balances humour and action well and never really flags.

One word of warning however: I would recommend that if you have the intention to listen to `Medicinal Purposes' or `Pier Pressure' that you listen to those stories before this one. Whilst this story stands well enough on its own, it does spoil both of those previous stories.

Robert Ross has once again crafted an enjoyable tale and I for one hope that he, and Robert Knox, reappear on the Big Finish releases schedule soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is the hundred and eighth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six, Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smythe and Leslie Philips as Dr.Knox. There are 4 episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

This release rounds out a trilogy of releases penned by Robert Ross that started with Medicinal Purposes and continued with Pier Pressure. It reunites Six and Evelyn from the enigmatic Dr. Knox from the former and brings back the alien species the Indo from the latter. It's a great production that atones for the shortcomings of the previous two releases.

Six and Evelyn arrive in Washington on the day of a very historically important assisnation, only to find the Knox is in town and seems o have done away with a certain John Wilkes Booth. History has to get back on track, but who is going to assassinate Lincoln in Boothe's stead? And just what is Knox really up to?

The heart of the story is the delicious interplay between Six and the slippery Knox. Baker and Leslie Philips grab the roles with both hands and wring every last drop from them to provide thrillingly verbose verbal duels as Six tries to untangle Knox's plans. It's a veritable delight to hear these two jousting with each other, and as the egotistical Sixth Doctor's pride takes a few knocks from Knox's cunning. Philips in particular is a real delight in the role, and it is a pity that we will not hear him again as Knox.

A well told adventure with a classic pair of performances at its centre. 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
another audio play featuring colin baker's doctor who, with his companion evelyn smythe played by maggie stables. as usual with this range the story last for four twenty five minute long episodes, spread over two cd's, and there are interviews with the cast and crew at the end of each. Plus the first begins with a trailer for the next big finish story.

This story is a sequel of sorts to two earlier ones from the same writer 'medicinal purposes' and 'pier pressure' and features the return of doctor knox, a villainous time traveller played by leslie phillips, who was in the first of those two. Knox is at ford's theatre washington on the day in 1865 when abraham lincoln was assassinated, and is meddling with history. can the doctor stop him? Or is there more going on here than meets the eye?

You could probably get into this one without having heard those other two stories but it may help you get more out of it if you have. It's an interesting script as there's not a lot of tension to it, but as a story it's quite an enjoyable listen thanks to some excellent acting and a plot which has a few good twists and turns.

And whatever you don't turn the cd off once the end music of the final episode starts...
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