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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184435198X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844351985
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 1.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 787,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 27 Nov. 2007
Marc Platt has written some of the best Big Finish audios for Doctor Who, usually displaying incredible wit and invention, so it's odd that 'Valhalla' is so traditional and uninspired. The story features a human colony under attack from giant termites and for all intents and purposes might as well be a 2nd Doctor 'base under seige' tale. We get a few allusions to capitalism, but these are very much an afterthought, and the genuinely interesting ideas (such as organised ticketed riots) are very few and far between. One of the more interesting aspects is the 7th Doctor travelling without any companions this time, and the first episode where he seems to have retired is by far the strongest, though this turns out to be something of a red herring. The performances are often stilted, and the expositionary dialogue ('look - a giant termite!') doesn't help.

'Valhalla' isn't a terrible story, it's just a by-the-numbers 'Doctor Who vs Monster of the Week' play, which for Marc Platt is a huge dissapointment. Not awful, just very, very average.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Jun. 2014
CD Info.
2xCD.
4 episodes.
Running time 120 minutes approx.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Valhalla.
Doctor: Seventh Doctor
Main enemy: Our Mother/Registry
Main setting: Valhalla, Callisto.
Writer: Marc Platt.

Cast.
The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
Jevvan - Michelle Gomez
Laxton - Phillip Jackson
Our Mother/Registry - Susannah York
Gerium - Fraser James
Tin-Marie - Donna Berlin
Clerk/Sergeant/Pilot/New Tannoy - Duncan Wisbey
Groom/Drome/Guard/Resolute Pilot/Worker 1/Marketeer - Dominic Frisby
Worker 2 - Jack Galagher

Trivia.
1)The late Susannah York played Lara In Superman, Superman II & voiced the part in Superman IV The Quest For Peace.
2)Michelle (Missy) Gomez appears as Jevvan.
3)Duncan Wibsey is a Big Finish regular who has appeared in the following Big Finish Doctor Who audiobooks to date.
LIVE 34.
Valhalla.
The Nightmare Fair.
Lurkers at Sunlight's Edge.
The Crimes of Thomas Brewster.
The Feast of Axos.
The Sentinels of the New Dawn (Companion Chronicles).
The Demons of Red Lodge.
Heroes of Sontar.
The Guardians of Prophecy.
The Sands of Life.

Plot Synopsis.
In Valhalla, Capital of Callisto, Jupiter's premier moon, anything and everything is for sale. But Valhalla is in trouble due to Earth granting independence and cutting off the supplies. The Doctor who claims to be retired visits the Job Centre and finds power cuts, barcoded citizens and monthly riots and a termite problem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 1 Mar. 2013
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This is the ninety sixth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as a companionless Seven, and has welcome guest appearances from Philip Jackson (who really should do more of these!) and Susannah Yorke. Episodes are 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. There are also some excerpts of the music track on the end of disc one, and interviews with cast and crew at the end of disc 2.

This is an excellent production from Big Finish. It's a tale that just keeps you slightly off balance for the whole run time, just as soon as you think you have a handle on it, it changes again. A companionless Seventh Doctor arrives in Valhalla, an earth colony on Jupiter's moon Callisto. The Doctor is feeling his years (I get the feeling it is set well after his association with Ace and Hex, towards the end of this regeneration) and appears to be looking to settle down and retire from his peripatetic life. But Valhalla has problems, and it seems that only the Doctor can help. But was it his plan all along?

I love this characterisation of the older, weary Doctor. So far removed from the pratfalling twerp who emerged in Time and the Rani. McCoy plays it with just the right note of seen it all, done it all melancholia coupled with a menacing and dark undercurrent. When called upon to give the Doctor depth rather than just bellowing `Haaaaace' all the time he can really deliver, and gives one of his top ten performances here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Taizu on 5 Nov. 2014
Enjoyed this very much! I like monster alien stories and this sort of reminds me of the Tom Baker gothic years where stories had a horror edge to it.
And this one with its gore and body parts which of course being an audio is left to your imagination, would have made me hide behind my sofa if this was a TV episode I watched as a child!!
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