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Death in Blackpool (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844354016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844354016
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's The End Of Eight & Lucie...Sort Of? 23 July 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Warning: This Review Contains Spoilers.

Doctor Who : Death In Blackpool.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor.
Companion: Lucie Miller.
Main enemy: The Zygons.
Main setting: Blackpool, 25 December 2009.
Writer:Alan Barnes.
Director: Barnaby Edwards.
Release number: 4.01.
Format: 1x CD - 2 episodes.
Running time 60 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul McGann
Lucie Miller - Sheridan Smith
Auntie Pat - Helen Lederer
Billy - David Schofield
Father Christmas - Jon Glover
Natasha/Marika - Harriet Kershaw

Trivia.
1)A Zynog is a Zygon which can no longer change its form.
2)The Doctor can will his hearts to stop.
3)This story is the conclusion for the story arc of Lucie Miller's Aunty 'Pat' & her complex relations with the Zygon race.
4)The Tardis materialises in the same service station in Bramlington as it previously visited in 1974. (Audio: Horror of Glam Rock)
5)Lucie discovers that her aunt Patricia Ryder died in 1984 & that her identity was assumed by her Zygon husband Trevor. (Audio: The Zygon Who Fell to Earth)
6)The Doctor refers to Cal-Med One & the Bi-Al Foundation. (TV: The Invisible Enemy)

Plot Synopsis.
Lucie Miller always loved Christmas back home in Blackpool, Her Mum running a still-frozen turkey under the hot tap at ten, her Great-Grandma Miller half-cut on cooking sherry by eleven, Her Dad & her uncle arguing hammer and tongs about who was the best James Bond all through dinner, while in the afternoon, Aunty Pat came haring up to the house on the back of a moped weighed down with ridiculous presents.

Yet, Christmas 2009 didn't turn out like that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars christmas in casualty 3 Jan 2010
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Start of the fourth batch of doctor who audio plays to feature paul mcgann as the doctor and sheridan smith as his companion lucie miller.

Mind you nothing will be the same again after this one.

A slight change to the format sees this as one long sixty minute episode complete on one disc and it has the tardis crew on their way to spend christmas in lucie's hometown of blackpool. A seemingly chance encounter with an old acquiantance leads to lucie fighting for her life. and the consequences of this and some loose ends from previous stories lead to a final scene you won't forget in a hurry.

Hard to see where this one is going for the first twenty minutes as the main characters indulge in doing mundane things, but at the same time the dialogue and the acting is so good you don't mind that at all. things do kick into gear suddenly twenty minutes in and then after that you will be desperate to find what happens next.

this is not a story of action - everything is resolved by calm and quiet conversations - rather one of character. and some very strong character writing at that. It's also probably the most depressing christmas special of any kind you'll ever come across.

The end doesnt feel like the end of an era, though. more a season opener. It will leave you eager to find what will happen next. and you will, in a story called situation vacant. but that's not out till july. Long wait but should be worth it.

because of this the trailer at the start of the disc is for an eighth doctor story called an earthly child which is only currently available to those who subscribe to the range. There are roughly fifteen minutes worth of interviews with cast and crew on the final track of the disc, and they are a recommended listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of another era 27 Dec 2009
By Tony Jones VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
If you are interested in these CDs then you will know that this is the story where Lucie bows out. Without spoiling any more, it is set in Blackpool, and yes there is death (in fact more than one). We also get Father Christmas, and in the best of Christmas tradition a sad ending.

As the extras bit explains, this is the first Christmas Special for Big Finish, and I like the way this is a small story - no universe to save for example!

Not only is this the end of Lucie, but it is also the end of the Auntie Pat trilogy - Glam Rock and Zygon who fell to Earth being the others. It is the richness of the loose ends here that allow the story to pivot, and it even starts in the same service station as Glam Rock, now all latte and other 'modern' conveniences.

As usual acting is great, casting, plotting and production are all first rate. We don't get much insight into why Sheridan is moving on - we can only speculate, however she will be missed.
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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
It's Christmas, and the Doctor is taking Lucy and Auntie Pat to Blackpool to visit Lucy's family. Along the way tragedy strikes, as Aunty Pat's past catches up with her. Lucy is sent into a coma, will she recover?

This is a cracking story from Big Finish. It has all the elements that makes Dr Who great. At its heart there is a moving little study of the relationship between Lucy and the Dr, and an assessment of the Dr's imperfections. The deep and dark nature of the story is leavened by the introduction of Santa, a comedy character that really works, and provides just the right counterweight to the goings on. There is a nicely complicated plot, which is well written and engrossing. The performances of the cast are excellent, especially in the final moving scenes where a main character dies and the Dr loses another companion.

Not quite a stand alone, in that you need to have heard `Terror of Glam Rock' and `The Zygon Who Fell To Earth' to get the full back story, but is can be listened to in isolation without losing too much.

One of Big Finish's better releases, and a perfect send off for a much loved companion. Recommended.
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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The EDA Take a Turn for the Better 17 Feb 2014
By The EveryGeek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Lucie Miller asks the Doctor to return to Blackpool. Little does she know it will lead to a death...

By this time, the Eighth Doctor Adventures were now into their fourth series of pure-audio adventures, in the format of two half-hour long episodes per story. Following the good first series came the excellent second, but after the sub-mediocre third series things were looking down for the Eighth Doctor Adventures. Death in Blackpool changed things, in more way than one.

First and foremost, the Series Four debut makes a pleasant change from the meaningless run-around that was the latter half of Series Three. But more importantly, it develops the relationship between the Doctor and his companion without going to the excessive lengths that previous Big Finish stories such as Zagreus and Orbis did.

The story is something of a sequel to The Zygon who Fell to Earth in Series 2. Don't listen to Death in Blackpool before hearing it. But where The Zygon Who Fell to Earth proved to be an average story, Death in Blackpool expands its depth on all fronts, in particular with Lucie Miller's story. The charm of Death in Blackpool, though, is its production. It is reminiscent of – or rather, it foreshadows – the production of the BBC’s Sherlock. High production values, an innovative style, and a slightly unbelievable plot.

It does become confusing at points, even if you have seen The Zygon Who Fell to Earth. This is because there are multiple aliens with similar names and voices, and the audio format doesn't allow for the distinction that would come so easily in television.

Overall, though, it is one of the best Eighth Doctor Adventures, and it makes an impressive start to Series Four.

4.5 out of 5.
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull in Blackpool 21 Jan 2014
By S Maslin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Imagine you're in the position to cast a new companion for the Doctor. You're in charge of a company that makes audio adventures. You think back to when you were a nerdy teenager, unable to persuade any member of the opposite sex to join you in your fantasy world. You remember that posh bird who was always very polite but never spent any more time with you than was absolutely necessary. You cast India Fisher as Charley Pollard. Almost by accident, that works out pretty well. Or you remember that mouthy bad girl who repeatedly told you to take a hike. You cast Sheridan Smith as Lucie Miller.

Absolutely nothing wrong with Sheridan Smith as an actress but just about everything wrong with the initial conception of the character: based on someone's unattainable childhood fantasy figure, rather than on 'companionability'.

It is with some relief, then, that Lucie is finally (or so we're led to believe) offloaded at the end of story one of NEDA IV (which in truth feels more like an inter-season special than a season opener). The story itself spends most of its time desperately digging itself out of the hole dug for it in the excruciating 'The Zygon Who Fell To Earth'. Though it is better than that (it couldn't possibly be worse), 'Death in Blackpool' is boring and overly sentimental with a treacly final conversation (over 'In The Bleak Winter' for heaven's sake) that is truly toe curling. (And the plot is more than a little reminiscent of the BBV story 'The Other Side').
Oh, and one more thing: Zynog? I mean, Zynog?!?
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