- Audio CD
- Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Sept. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844352862
- ISBN-13: 978-1844352869
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.1 x 13.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 618,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Doctor Who: 100 (Dr Who Big Finish) Audio CD – Audiobook, 29 Sep 2014
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100BC (Jacqueline Rayner): This is a story set in Rome in the year 100BC, a year momentous to the future, as it is the birth year of Julius Caesar. When the Doctor and Evelyn get involved, what could possibly go wrong? This story was a real disappointment to me, as it tried to be funny and clever, and rather badly failed throughout. The humour was misplaced, Evelyn was very badly mis-characterised, it wasn’t clever and the twist at the end with the Tardis seemed very unlikely. 1 star
My Own Private Wolfgang (Rob Shearman): This is an odd story, which seems to mix cultural references to the composer Mozart with some very non-historical references, creating a story that keeps the listener on their toes. John Sessions plays all the parts in this story, apart from those of the Doctor and Evelyn of course. So he very cleverly plays five other parts – Mozart, Young Mozart, Butler, Mask, Old Mask. It’s a rather clever and witty story, with lots of wry humour. You’ll laugh when it finishes; you’ll see why. 4 stars
Bedtime Story (Joseph Lidster): This is a bedtime story, with Old Jacob telling a story to the sleeping child, Young Jacob. Evelyn meets an old pupil, and the Doctor finds himself facing an unimaginable horror. This is a really good story; dark and full of mystery and foreboding. 4 stars
100 Days of the Doctor (Paul Cornell): Evelyn sometimes wishes the Doctor could be different, but what she gets isn’t quite what she may have had in mind.Read more ›
As with Circular time, this is a portmanteau of single episode stories, this time for Six and Evelyn and with the aim of celebrating the 100th release in the Big Finish main range. All of the stories involve the number 100 somewhere.
100 BC is, for me, not only the weakest story on the anthology, but one of the weakest stories that Big Finish have done with Colin Baker. Six and Evelyn arrive in Rome, 100 BC and promptly start interfering with the birth of a certain high profile, history changing Roman. Trying to blend serious thoughts on the nature of history and responsibility with a bawdy humour it trips over it's toga and falls right on it's face. Some people will love it, but I am afraid that most of the `funny' parts were a style of humour that I find cringemaking, and so I tend to skip through this episode. The resolution is a bit daft as well. Would the TARDIS, a ship from a totally alien technology and society REALLY measure time in terms of BC and AD? There is a nice moment where Six berates Evelyn for an attempted subterfuge, but apart from that there is nothing in this episode I like.
The other three on the other hand are superb. A private Wolfgang of my own is an almost perfect example of what a single episode of Who can do.Read more ›
Now before you accuse me of ageism, that is not why I dislike Evelyn Smythe; I think her rapport with The Doctor is spot-on, it's just that the character seems to be such a know-it-all and fusses around getting into trouble like a particularly useless shop assistant. This is compounded by her determination to contradict The Doctor; he may often make a balls-up of any given situation but he is the Timelord and he always saves the day in the end, so why does she think she knows best? For example, in the first of the four vignettes: 100 BC, she decides that history would be far `nicer' if Julius Caesar had been Julia instead - even attempting to pervert the timelines to achieve her aim! "Just think Doctor, no war or suffering; if a woman had been in charge from the start, history would be so much better". Is she crazy? I believe in equality of the sexes but I think that's a pretty speculative conclusion to reach!
Anyway, back to the stories. After the aforementioned Roman holiday, the travellers visit an inexplicably aged Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and discover a roaring trade in celebrity doppelgangers; then comes a gothic tale of living death and family feuds with the last story concerning an almost successful attempt to assassinate The Doctor.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
100 BC: The Doctor and Evelyn find themselves entangled in the events around the birth of Julius Caesar. Read morePublished 3 months ago by R101
While Big Finish have produced a mass of specials and spin-off series, having reached the 100th release in their main range of original Doctor Who audio dramas is quite an... Read morePublished on 12 May 2008 by Jane Aland