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Minuet in Hell (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Apr 2001


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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190365405X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903654057
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1 x 12.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Wilberforce on 23 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
"The twenty-first century has just begun, and Malebolgia is enjoying its status as the newest state in America. After his successful involvement with Scotland's devolution, Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart has been invited over to Malebolgia to offer some of his experiences and expertise.
"There he encounters the charismatic Brigham Elisha Dashwood III, an evangelical statesman running for Governor who may not be quite as clean-cut and wholesome as he makes out. One of Dashwood's other roles in society is as patron of a new medical institute concentrating on curing the ills of the human mind. One of the patients there interests the Brigadier - someone who claims he travels through space and time in something called a TARDIS.
"Charley, however, has more than a few problems of her own. Amnesiac, she is working as a hostess at the local chapter of the Hell Fire Club, populated by local dignitaries who have summoned forth the demon Marchosias. And the leader of the Club? None other than Dashwood, who seems determined to achieve congressional power by the most malevolent means at his disposal..."

Alan W Lear and Gary Russell's Minuet in Hell is a long one. Although only four episodes in length, each episode clocks in at over 30 minutes and the first episode is nearly 45. It'll drag, or be poorly edited, you might think - but not so. Rather, Minuet in Hell has a tight script with some excellent lines, and universally enthusiastic and excellent performances from all involved, particularly McGann and a welcome return for Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Oct 2013
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Positive.
Nicholas Courtney raises this audio from a 2 star review to 3 stars giving once again a great performance as former Brigadier Alister Gordon Lethbridge Stewart.
The Hellfire club is a strange but unique setting for a Doctor Who adventure.

Negative.
Paul McGann is vastly underused & doesn't get involved in the adventure till late in the story.
The pacings all over the shop but starts well enough but by mid episode 1 the pace starts to drag.

Trivia.
The only audio pairing of Eighth Doctor & Lethbridge Stewart, Although both appear in 40th Anniversary story Zagreus.
The Eighth Doctor memory loss was used constantly in the Eighth Doctor BBC Books range.

Audio Info.
This is a 4 part adventure running time 140 minutes.
This is the 4th release of the Main Range 8th Doctor storys.
Other title's in the First Audio 8th Doctor Main Range are, Storm Warning, Sword Of Orion, Stones Of Venice & This story Minuet In Hell.

Review.
Retired from UNIT but on a good will assignment for the United Nations Alister Gordon Lethbridge Stewart is sent to Malebolgia the latest state to be added to the USA.

There Lethbridge Stewart meets political candidate Brigham Elisha Dashword III.

But the Lethbridge Stewart is suspicious of Dashwoods motives of becoming Senator with his strange evangelist preachings.

Meanwhile The Doctor is trapped in a Mental Asylum with Gideon Crane whom tells the Doctor he is Gideon & Gideon is The Doctor as the Doctor lost his memory.

Dashwood has links to the Asylum using it in his speeches for investing in aid to find treatments & cures for the institution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 Mar 2012
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This is the ninteenth 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 Charlie Pollard. There are four episodes, roughly 30-45 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.

This is an excellent story from Big Finish. The Doctor and Charlie are lost in Malebolgia, America's newest state set firmly in the deep south. Both are amnesiac, the Doctor finds himself in a dubious mental institution and Charlie finds herself in another type of institution altogether. And wandering around is an old and reassuringly friendly, dependable voice - a certain Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. There also appear to be Demons wandering the streets.

The story has a lot of fun with the Doctor's character here, without giving away any spoilers it is fun listening to him regain his conscious self, and get his memories back. The debates he has with another inmate, who truly believes himself to be the Doctor, are fascinating and beautifully performed. There is also plenty of action going on, with lots for the Brig, Charlie, and new friend Becky-Lee to be getting on with as they investigate the mysterious mental institution, the Hellfire club and the presence of what appear to be real Demons.

At 140 minutes it's a bit longer than the usual Big Finish production, but doesn't sag anywhere and delivers a really decent, involved tale which will keep you hooked.

I believe that this would be the last time Nicholas Courtney would reprise the role of the Brigadier in the company of a classic TV Doctor.
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