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Industrial Evolution (Doctor Who) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Eddie Robson
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844355454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844355457
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Machines Vs Timelord 10 July 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Doctor Who: Industrial Evolution.
Doctor: Sixth Doctor.
Companion(s): Evelyn, Thomas Brewster.
Main setting: Lancashire, England, the 19th century.
Writer: Eddie Robson.
Director: Nicholas Briggs.
Release number: 145.
Format: 2 CDs, 4 parts.
Running time 120 minutes.

Behind the scenes interviews.

The Doctor - Colin Baker.
Evelyn Smythe - Maggie Stables.
Thomas Brewster - John Pickard.
Samuel Belfrage - Rory Kinnear.
Stephen Gibson - Warren Brown.
Robert Stretton - Hugh Ross.
Clara Stretton - Joannah Tincey.
George Townsend - Paul Chahidi.
Humanoids - John Banks.

1)Evelyn reminds the Doctor that she talked him into giving Brewster a second chance. (Audio: The Feast of Axos).
2The Doctor refers to Miasimia Goria. (Tv: The Mark of the Rani).
3)Rory Kinnear is the son of the late Roy Kinnear, his roles includes Bill Tanner in Daniel Craig's Bond films & most recently Caliban in Gothic horror series Penny Dreadful.

Plot Synopsis.
While Thomas Brewster struggles to secure a fair deal for Belfrage's overworked hands, fellow travellers the Doctor & Evelyn follow the Copper King to Liverpool, there to discover the unexpected truth about Belfrage's business.

Back in Ackleton, the local MP voices the fears of many when he says that the machines are taking over. He's more right than he knows...

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4.0 out of 5 stars Trouble at the mill 11 May 2011
Latest Doctor Who audio play. Featuring Colin Baker as the Doctor and Maggie Stables as his companion Evelyn Smythe.

Also featuring John Pickard as Thomas Brewster. One time companion of the Fifth Doctor in other audios, and this is the third part in a trilogy of stories featuring him crossing paths with the Sixth Doctor.

It follows on from The Feast of Axos (Doctor Who), but even so the parts of this trilogy are relatively self contained and casual listeners might be able to get into this one without having heard the others.

It runs for four episodes which are twenty five to twenty minutes long approx each, and are spread over two discs.

The story sees Brewster having returned to his home century, the nineteenth, and working a mill in 19th century Lancashire. A time where the industrial revolution is going on, workers fight for their rights, new technology is introduced, and some factory owners care more about their workers than others.

But as Brewster gets caught up in the middle of this, there's trouble coming from a different direction. As there are people with hidden agendas. And something very nasty lurking in the cellar.

The machines are taking over. Literally...

What in many ways is a fairly standard tale of history with alien technology causing problems does have a fair amount going for it. The period setting is highly convincing as are the characters and their various attitudes. The alien technology is a little different from the norm. A few surprise twists do await.

But strongest is the relationship between the Doctor and Brewster. As both still don't entirely get on. But have very believable reasons for that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of industry - not much end product 1 April 2011
A bit disappointing for me really; too much going on (as the previous reviewer has mentioned) and too similar to 1985 TV story Doctor Who - The Mark Of The Rani [DVD] [1985] - not that this isn't a good serial but it smacks a little of BF running out of new ideas. I like the character of Thomas Brewster but he is getting increasingly peripheral to the action; I also thought that there wasn't really much for The Doctor or Evelyn to do here, while the idea of a stranded shape-changing alien manipulating events for their own ends is also a well-worn plot device.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tried too hard 31 Mar 2011
By Tony Jones VINE VOICE
This for me was a story that layered in too much - we have Thomas Brewster (this being the end of his second trilogy), alien technology, other aliens and even more aliens. Sadly I found this muddied the waters of a decent story about the machines taking over the factory with some tremendous casting and performances.

Judging from the ending there is also every chance Mr Brewster may return, so be warned!
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