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Loups-Garoux (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 17 Mar 2014

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903654297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903654293
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1.1 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Wilberforce on 9 May 2006
"Germany, 1589: the townspeople of Cologne pronounce a sentence of death on a mass-murderer who has stalked the countryside in the guise of a ferocious wolf.

"Russia, 1812: retreating from Napoleon's invading forces, a merchant's daughter is rescued from bandits by a handsome partisan with a ravenous appetite.

"Brazil, 2080: the Doctor and Turlough arrive for the Rio de Janeiro carnival.

"Is wealthy heiress Ileana de Santos all that she seems? What sinister ailment afflicts her invalid son, tended by the mysterious Dr Hayashi? And who exactly is Rosa, engaged on a secret quest to fulfil the destiny of her extinct tribe?

"Time is running out for Rosa, Ileana and the Doctor, as the fearsome shadow of an ancient werewolf moves ever closer..."

So... Loups-Garoux, from the pen of Ghost Light author Marc Platt, is my first five out of five given to a Big Finish story. Why? I'm not exactly sure, but there's something about the story that just hangs together perfectly and feels right. Maybe it's the intelligent script and the slightly mythic feel of the whole thing, maybe it's the performances of the cast, or maybe it's the humanity attributed to both the Doctor and Turlough. I'm not sure.

Episode one opens with what sounds at first to be an answerphone message. Set to gentle guitar music, a desparate but quietly resolved American girl leaves what sounds like a final farewell message to her grandpa. Something is coming for her, and she can't escape it. So is set the tone of the story, but it isn't until episode three that we really find out who this mysterious girl is and what role she will play in the chain of events.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Mar. 2012
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This is the twentieth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five and Mark Strickson as Vislor Turlough. It is set somewhere between Phantasmagoria and Planet of Fire. 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 notes from the author.

The Doctor and Turlough visit Rio in 2080 for the carnival, only to find themselves embroiled with some carnivores. Are there really werewolves roaming the world? And just how worried should the Doctor be about the `Grey One' whom even the werewolves are afraid of?

This is a cracking little story. Coming in at 110 minutes, it's a bit shorter than the usual Big Finish adventure, yet manages to pack a lot in without missing anything. It's quite a breathless rollercoaster of a ride at times. Davison and Strickson have some great scenes together, exploring the nature of their friendship. Strickson in particular has some great moments, and strongly builds on the slightly stronger character with a better moral compass that emerged in Frontios. It's pretty impressive that after a 20 year break from the character he can just step right back in and pick up where he left off. There is a strong undercurrent of relationships running through the story, which is well played and actually shows up the Doctor's emotional vulnerability quite well.

Apart from that there is also plenty of action, with deranged scientists (Bert Kwouk of Pink Panther and Last Of The Summer Wine Fame in a somewhat gleefully manic performance) Carnivals, train chases, murders, big fights and lots of other exciting stuff going in. It's one I listen to quite often, 5 stars for this classic adventure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 July 2015
This is a very early Big Finish release, being only the 20th audio story released by them in the Main Range, released in May 2001.

The story features the Fifth Doctor, played by Peter Davison, who is travelling in this story with Turlough, played fantastically as always by Mark Strickson. It’s a real delight to get these stories with the Fifth Doctor and Turlough alone, as it really gives an opportunity to build on the character of Turlough, who was so sorely neglected in the tv series stories all those years ago.

In Germany in 1589 a murderer is sentenced to a horrific death; as he is dragged off to meet his fate, he scorns the townsfolk and their pitiful existences. Meanwhile, the Doctor and Turlough have gone to Rio in Brazil in the year 2080 to see the Carnival. In Rio a wealthy widow woman strives to get medical help from Doctor Hayashi for her son. But what exactly is wrong with Victor? Heading to the carnival, Turlough finds himself face-to-face with someone or something he can’t quite bring to mind again. And the Doctor finds himself face-to-face with a mystery; and that’s something he can’t leave alone.

I thought this was a fantastic story, right up until the fourth and last episode, where it seemed to fade off into what felt like a rather unsatisfactory ending. The concepts that are used in the story obviously involve werewolves (the French for which is loups-garoux) and the thread of the wolves runs throughout the entire story; extremely evocative and very cleverly done all the way through. The howls of the wolves in the distance, the idea of their presence being hidden from the human ‘cattle’, the speed with which they move, their predatory natures; this is all brilliantly portrayed.
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