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Embrace the Darkness (Doctor Who) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Nicholas Briggs
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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (1 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903654602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903654606
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needed A Bit More Embracing 20 Jun 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Embrace The Darkness.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor.
Companion : Charley Pollard.
Main enemy: The Cimmerians.
Main setting: Cimmeria IV, the Cimmerian System.
Writer: Nicholas Briggs.
Director: Nicholas Briggs.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 100 minutes.

Extras.
Trailers.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul McGann.
Charley Pollard - India Fisher.
Orllensa - Nicola Boyce.
Mike Ferras - Lee Moone.
Haliard - Mark McDonnell.
ROSM / Solarian / Cimmerian / Astrov - Ian Brooker.
Cimmerian Voice - Nicholas Briggs.

Trivia.
1)The Doctor tells Orllensa that he has spent much of his life being told that he was mad.
2)Charley refers to ROSM as a "talking adding machine.
3)"ROSM detects the Anti-Time infection in Charley's system but is unable to recognise it. (AUDIO: Neverland).
4)The Celestial Toymaker would later refer to the Solarians in a riddle while Charley was playing his games in the Celestial Toyroom. (AUDIO: Solitaire).
5)This story was originally to have featured the Morestrans (who appeared in Tv: Planet of Evil) instead of the Throxillians, but the rights could not be obtained from the BBC.

Plot Synopsis.
The Eighth Doctor & travelling companion Charley Pollard encounter an ancient race in the Cimmerian System, whose System is to unravel the mystery of its sun. But darkness has already embraced the scientific base on Cimmeria IV in more ways than one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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I had an uncanny feeling while listening to this that I had heard it before - still not sure if I have, but I don't seem to have reviewed it, so possibly I'm going mad.

Anyway, Paul McGann is in fine form as the Eighth Doctor, travelling with Charley Pollard - they decide to travel to the Cimmerian System, to find out what happened, at one point in its history, to its sun. Meanwhile, on Cimmeria IV there is a small team setting up artificial suns - but it seems someone or something on Cimmeria IV is not keen to let the light in - at all - ever - and will do whatever it takes to stop them.

This four-part story ramps up the horror and suspense in the first episode, and then the second episode has the Doctor and Charley having their own little adventures - by the third episode things are, apparently starting to become a bit clearer to them, and to the scientific team from Cimmeria IV - but what has the Doctor not taken into account? The fourth episode wraps up all the loose ends - all a bit too neatly; I felt in some way slightly cheated that at the end it all just seemed to go away of its own accord. Great buildup; great premise; slightly off ending.

The Eighth Doctor is well characterised here; his horror at realising that he has interfered in something he should not have, is well portrayed, and fits the persona. Paul McGann is great as the Eighth Doctor, and the story (apart from the weak ending) really does play out well. R.O.S.M. is a great addition to the story; and Ian Brooker playing the part of R.O.S.M. does a great job. Definitely recommended.
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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is the thirty first release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Paul McGann as Eight and India Fisher as Charlotte Pollard. There are four episodes, 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.

This release is the fourth in the second miniseries of Eighth Doc stories, through which there is a loose story arc revolving around Charlotte Pollard's rescue from the R101 by the Doc back in their first adventure. The arc has a greater presence on some stories than others, and here it is not important, apart from a brief encounter at the very start of the adventure which will be explained in Neverland.

Following said encounter, Eight and Charlie find themselves in the Cimmerian system. It seems there was a mysterious event here that caused the sun to stop shining, the Doctor sets out to find out just what happened. Pretty soon they are thrown into what seems like a typical `remote spacesation/outpost, crew in dire trouble' situation. Just as we think we know where the story is going it takes a sudden lurch and things turn out quite unexpectedly. As Eight realises his mistakes and fights desperately to correct them I have to say I was thrilled by the sudden change in the story and the change of tone. It makes a tired old format and concept new and exciting.

McGann is clearly having a ball as Eight. This little miniseries really allowed him to expand the character, and show off several facets. Here it is the ever curious Doctor that we see, trying to do the right thing and correct his mistakes.
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