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Doctor Who - Year of the Pig (Big Finish Adventures) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844351750
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844351756
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A porcine performance from Percy the Pig. 16 Jan 2010
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How much you enjoy this probably depends on what you expect. This is not an action-filled traditional Doctor Who romp (although it does have a few moments of high drama). However it is an intelligent and absorbing radio play. The relaxed pace is a strength for this type of story, allowing every detail to be relished as much as Toby relishes every morsel of food. The two very long episodes actually contributes to this effect allowing the story to mature gently rather than feel rushed or chopped. There is a lot of detail here and the story-telling itself is everything. Colin Baker plays the Doctor to perfection and gets a prominent part. Peri proves what a great companion she can be matured from her TV days. All the supporting cast are equally competant. Highly recommended for a change of pace and some simple but great story-telling.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I Couldn't Get Into This Audio Adventure 11 Feb 2014
By timelord007 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
CD Info.
2xCD of a 2 episode adventure, Running time 140 minutes.

Trivia.
1)Maureen O'Brien played First Doctor Companion Vicki.
2)Michael Keating appeared in Doctor Who tv story The Sun Makers but is better known as Vila in Blakes 7.
3)Adjoa Andoh played Martha Jones mother Francine in series 3 of NuWho.

Review.
Ostend 1913 & war is coming & millions will die as the occupier of room 139 in the Hotel Palace Thermae knows only too well.

The Sixth Doctor & Peri arrive in the Tardis in Ostend which is meant to be a week of enjoyable reading but now it seems the Doctor & Peri are going to get caught up in this new mystery & battle a villain with trotters a snout & a curly tale who wants to wipe out every last human from existence.

But not until he's had another plate of truffles & a glass of fizzy Lemonade.

Timelord Thought's.

I listened to this adventure twice & I can't seem to get into this story at all.

I found this story by writer Matthew Sweet is way to overlong & I thought boring as nothing captured my imagination or interest.

This is a rare audio adventure Big Finish couldn't add there usual magic to here as the plot is just plain boring that lacks any drama & having a pig named Toby as the villain is just plain silly.

Colin Baker & Nicola Bryant just go with the story's plot but fail to inject any energy into the story which feels flat.

No doubt many will enjoy this audio adventure but it wasn't to my taste as it's what I would call a Marmite type of adventure you'll either love it or loathe it.

This is quite a poor Doctor Who audio adventure from the usually excellent Big Finish Production's & a story I doubt I'll bother listening to again.
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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is the ninetieth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Sixie, Nocola Bryant as Peri, Paul Brooke as Toby and Michael Keating as the Inspector. There are 2 episodes, roughly 75 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and a cliff hanger ending. One episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

This production is an absolute aural delight. Set in pre great war Europe at a posh seaside resort, it starts out almost like a Noel Coward comedy of manners. It creates memorable characters in the form of a talking pig who believes that he is the last human on earth, an English Lady with an unhealthy obsession in old music hall turns and a grandiose and over the top inspector of the Gendarmerie. The verbose and grandiloquent Sixth Doctor fits right in with these characters, like a hand into a glove. Colin Baker clearly recognises that this is a production in which his Doctor can shine and really come into his own, and he seizes the script with both hands to wring every last drop from it. The long format of the two episodes allows the story to slowly simmer and gently come to the boil, developing the flavour as it cooks.

It's totally different from anything else in the Big Finish range. It's a thoughtful adventure with a dose of humour, but it still delivers on the thrills front and has an interesting idea at its heart. The writer has an obvious love of language, and a talented cast clearly enjoy getting their tongues around some of the more over the top verbosity. It's entertaining, thought provoking and provides the odd laugh. What more do you want from Who?

The works of Marcel Proust are a running theme through the play, and Toby's final verdict on the book is probably one of the greatest critic's comments I have ever heard.

5 stars for this exceptionally good production.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Odd but very rewarding 28 Jan 2007
Year of the Pig by Matthew Sweet is an odd story. Most of the time you can categorise a Who drama into historical, pseudo-historical (ie sci-fi concepts, historical setting), normal sci-fi or hyperconcept sci-fi (ie really going all out when it comes to imagination). This one is very difficult to find a slot for. And its all the better for it. The blurb synopsis is misleading; don't fall for it. Do as i did; go for on the merits of its three guest actors. (the regulars Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant are as usual fantastic). Micheal Keating (Villa from Blake's 7) is truly excellent as the mysterious inspector Chardalot, Maureen O'Brien (Vicky from wayyyy back in the 60s) is suitably bumbly as Lady Bultitude, Adjoa Andoh (from Casualty) is quite the doting nurse, but scene stealing Paul Brooke (the rancor keeper from Star Wars) is simply spectacular as Toby. The plot is unusual - and thats an understatement. Up until the end you are never really sure what is going on and this is brilliant. It would be a real page-turner if it was on paper. Twists, revelations, ideas and imagination. The only downside i can think of is that its a Two parter - and therefore 2 70minuters instead of the usual 4 25mins. And i do like my cliffhangers...so good, that the one on this is wicked. But thats a mute point in the grand scheme. Highly recommended.

Plus; has the great line "Touch those chocolate biscuits and i'll fillet you!"
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