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Doctor Who - Circular Time (Big Finish) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Paul Cornell , Mike Maddox
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (20 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844351696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844351695
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant four story collection!!!! 27 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
Doctor Who happens to be my favourite thing on TV at the moment, and I love the orignal series too. But I must say that in my opinion, the Big Finish range of audio stories are some of the best stories ever. And if i were to choose a story to show how brilliant and diverse the range is, then !Circular Time" would have to be it.

This disc of four one episode stories is brilliantly written. And each episode is distinctly different.

"SDpring" is a good start to the disc, with a good take on the actions of a rogue time lord called Zero. Quite a few other "other" time lord influenced stories are rather starined, but this is not one of them.

"Summer" is really good. I think David Warner makes this episode with his brilliant performance. The whole story being really based on a two pound coin is brilliant, and not at all stupid. I first expected this episode to be silly when i read the synopsis, but it isnt in the slightest.

"Autumn" is my very favourite part of this story. I think Sarah Sutton really shines in this episode. A wonderful romantic without being over the top sweet story. A rare treat.

"Winter" ends the stories with a believable plot by the Master to trap the doctor, but of course it doesnt succeed. The doctor being married even if its only a dream, is a neat twist too.

So overall, a thoruoghly enjoyable play that is worthy of listening to again and again. Masterful storytelling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something for everyone? 22 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
As has already been noted, Circular Time is not a single four-part story, but four half-hour plays, featuring the 5th Doctor and Nyssa, loosely linked by a common theme.

The common theme is that there is a kind of time that is circular, that things do not necessarily move lineally from birth to death, but that events can be cyclical, returning to the beginning and repeating themselves rather like the seasons. This is not entirely clear in the first two stories, but is more explicit in the final two.

The writers have tried to give us 4 different types of Doctor Who story: 'alien planet, pure historical, social realism and shameless fan service'.

"Spring" features a renegade Time Lord trying to create an avian empire. It has a clever plot, but doesn't really resolve anything by the end.

"Summer" is a pure historical, set in the 17th century, in which Isaac Newton extrapolates the future history of the Earth from a handful of coins that Nyssa has handed over. A new spin on an historical character that we thought we knew.

"Autumn" returns us to Stockbridge, where the fifth Doctor's comic strip adventures were set (as featured in "Doctor Who Monthly" and now collected as "Doctor Who Graphic Novel #3 - The Tides of Time"). The Doctor's fifth incarnation returns here every few years, just to play cricket with the village team. A charming tale with no monsters and no sci-fi elements at all, but a romantic encounter for Nyssa.

By contrast "Winter" is for the nerds amongst us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars time and seasons pass us by 15 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
An interesting depature for the big finish range in that instead of this being one long doctor who story in four parts, the four parts here are all self contained stories. Although they do form a whole in the end that justifies the title.

All are roughly thirty minutes long, and benefit from decent pacing as a result. Something that has been a problem with a few big finishes that have been too long for their own good.

The first part involves the fifth doctor and nyssa visiting an alien race on a very alien world where a renegade time lord has gone native. They are there to try and find out what he's up to. The world is stunningly well realised via sound and the actors performances. There are some harsh laws among the aliens, and whilst nyssa wants to change things the doctor can't interfere as much as she'd like. Yes, it's rather like star trek, and the prime directive.

The end of this one is quite clever as things become apparent in regards to what the renegade is up to, but it does feel a little rushed and lacking in ultimate effect.

In the second part, the doctor and nyssa are in medieval london, and get on the wrong side of sir isaac newton. Will science or magic or faith be what's required to make him let them go?

This one contains an amazingly good performance from david warner as sir isaac. he just grabs you from the start and never lets go. It's a shame that the rest of the supporting cast come over as if they think they're in a carry on film, but it does allow for a couple of funny moments. And it resolves itself well.

In the third story the doctor and nyssa are staying in a small village, whilst the doctor plays for their cricket team, who are in danger of being relegated. Nyssa is trying to write a novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There is a season, turn turn turn 3 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
I have to agree with the previous reviewer in singing the praises of this Big Finish release. Far and away the best Peter Davison/Fifth Doctor audio, Nyssa is also on top form and the separation of the disc into four very different stories based around the four seasons is genius.
Circular Time is a definite oddity in the Big Finish range, and shows that they are still willing to experiment with the format.
Very loosely linked by the theme of seasons, The Doctor and his young Trakenite companion Nyssa have four adventures spread over two discs: Firstly they become involved with a `retired' Time Lord who has some very odd ideas for the future of his adopted home. The second adventure sees the pair encountering Sir Isaac Newton, before the third has the travellers arriving in England in 2006 and the final `Winter' instalment contains a moment that is best left for you to discover for yourself.

The second disc is far and away the better of the two; Nyssa's journey of self-discovery in the `Autumn' section might go too far for some listeners' tastes, while the clues to the inevitable twist in Winter are well laid out but still gives some surprise. An innovative and refreshing release that keeps the series fresh and interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Changing Of The Seasons
Doctor Who: Circular Time.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion: Nyssa.
Release number: 91.
Format: 4 stories on 2 CDs.
Running time 120 minutes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Timelord007
5.0 out of 5 stars Circular Time: I cross the void beyond the mind, to seek a truth...
This is the ninety first release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Victor
4.0 out of 5 stars Time goes by, Circular Time
This was the first Audio Adventure i ever brought and i don't regret it. Spring and Summer were good but not my favorite. However Autumn and Winter are fantastic. Read more
Published on 18 Aug 2012 by TARDIS Traveller
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful CD
This was the first Doctor Who Big Finish CD I have bought, and becuase of this I will defintley go on to buy more. Read more
Published on 30 April 2012 by jelliedeals
5.0 out of 5 stars Stories that leave you thinking about them for a long time after
This is an intriguing two cds, with four stories - separate yet interlinked in the history of the relationship of Nyssa and the Fifth Doctor. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2011 by Keen Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Romance in an English countryside with the Doctor and Nyssa!
At long last! I get to review my most favourite `Doctor Who' audio starring the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa - `Circular Time'! Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by Tim Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice change of pace
I have quite a few of these audio adventures and I really enjoyed this one. Circular time is a great change of pace compared to the other Doctor adventures as it has four episodes... Read more
Published on 15 April 2008 by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Bit of a mixed bag
I've enjoyed almost all of the Doctor Who audio adventures from Big Finish but this one was disappointing. Read more
Published on 23 April 2007 by Sean Glover
4.0 out of 5 stars Four for the price of one...
Taking a novel approach this 5th Doctor and Nyssa release comprises four thematically linked but ultimately stand-alone short stories. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2007 by Jane Aland
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