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Crime of the Century (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 May 2011

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844354911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844354917
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 1 x 15.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 528,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley as Billy on 19 May 2015
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Hello Raine! Welcome to the TARDIS!

This is `Crime of the Century', the second story of the lost Season 27 of `Doctor Who' by Big Finish. It features a new companion called Raine Creevy, played by Beth Chalmers and introduces a new race of monsters called the Metatraxi, who are insect-like warriors with a code of conduct.

I was aware of this story's existence by an opening sequence Andrew Cartmel described in the `Endgame' documentary on the 'Survival' DVD. It's the sequence where Raine attempts a burglary at a house during a fancy dinner party and opens the safe to find the Doctor inside waiting for her.

I was looking forward to listening to this story and finding out what would be had Raine Creevy been like as the Doctor's companion in the TV series. The story would have occurred after Ace left the series. But as the second story in the season and with Ace staying, it means a new TARDIS trio is born.

This four-part story by Andrew Cartmel, the script-editor of the Sylvester McCoy era and of Season 27, has been pretty enjoyable to listen to. Andrew writes most of the Season 27 stories in Big Finish audio, and he certainly has had fun crafting the season and linking all four audios in one story arc.

The story is set in 1989 and concerns a master plan concocted by the Doctor involving Raine stealing something from the safe at the dinner party. It leads the Doctor and Raine journeying from London, to the Middle East and to the Scottish borders where they meet the insect Metatraxi.

I really like how Raine is introduced in this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Jan. 2015
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Released in 2011, this is the fourth release in the second season of Lost Stories from Big Finish. It is the second of four full cast audio adventures for the Seventh Doctor and Ace, and finally give us the scripts that were planned for the season following ‘Survival’. The adventure is 4 episodes of half an hour each, on two discs. The end of each disc has some interviews with cast and crew.

On the strength of the episodes that I have listened to, it seems a mercy that the classic series finished on the high that it did, if these stories had been made and transmitted I think that the show’s demise would have inevitable and it would have left on a very sour note.

This adventure has a very strong opening scene, new companion Raine meeting the Doctor in some very unusual circumstances, but then totally fails to build on it. There are some hangovers from the previous adventure (Thin Ice), including Raine herself. Unfortunately Ace is still hanging around, and while I like the character I felt that she had no place in this particular story. Many of her scenes would have worked a lot better with Raine instead, and her presence felt forced into the script and often unwelcome. The scrip itself is incredibly lacklustre, after the one good opening idea it just tails off completely. The alien threat are awful, and the idea to make them sound like whingy surfer dudes is just an abomination that I hope never gets repeated.

The plot makes little or no sense, certain characters just do not work, the aliens are terrible and there does not appear to be an actual crime of the century as per the title. Apart from Raine, who could be an excellent character if not shackled by Ace, this is a bit of a turkey. 2 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Jun. 2011
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Back in 1989 when the bbc cancelled Doctor Who, another season for the Seventh Doctor had already been in the planning stages.

Now these stories are being adapted for audio, we can hear what might have been.

This is the second in this series of stories that never got to tv, and it follows on from Thin Ice (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories).

It runs for four episodes of twenty five to thirty minutes approx each, which are spread over two cd's.

And it introduces us to a new companion for the Doctor. Raine Creevy. A girl with an upper class voice who has been raised by the finest finishing schools by a father who only wanted the best for her. But who has become estranged from him [not least because he's a womanising gangster] and who gets her thrills from safe cracking and cat burglary.

You will learn a few things about the former from this. We can but wonder how the media of the time would have reacted. Or if they'd have paid any attention.

When cracking a safe at a high class party, Raine gets a big surprise when she sees the contents. Caught up in one of the Doctor's schemes the two find themselves in a middle eastern country under threat from soviet invaders. And invaders from much further away.

Ace is there as well. On a mission for the Doctor. Where she runs into another old acquaintance.

The Doctor, as ever, has a plan. But they don't always go as they should.

Raine is an instantly appealing character thanks to a very appealing voice provided from the actress who plays her. And for the first two episodes this is an intriguing caper movie as you wonder how things are going to come together.
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