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Phantasmagoria (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Oct 1999


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903654092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903654095
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 706,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2012
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This is the second release from Big Finish in their range of audio only adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. Starring Peter Davison as Five, Mark Strickson as Turlough and from the pen of Mark Gatiss, this is a cracking adventure that really captures the feel of the old TV adventures, while subtly updating and making use of the fact that on audio the visual effects are so much easier to realise. There are four episodes, roughly 25 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.

Gatiss has created a script that seems to owe a lot to The Visitation. Set in 1702, the Doctor and Turlough find themselves in London where there are strange disappearances. It is son appararent that there is an alien force at work. The Doctor has to contend with demons, gentlemen's clubs, mysterious card games, a highwayman who is not all he seems and an alien presence bent on destroying London. There is plenty of atmosphere, especially from the rich cast of early 18th century gentleman, played by a talented cast who ham it up to the rafters. Things soon get dark and a little creepy, and in the realisation of the alien space ship, the benefits of audio rather than low budget TV soon become clear. The imagery that Gatiss and the cast draw in the mind's eye really sends a shiver down my spine.

Davison and Strickson step right back into their roles as though they had never been away, and as I said, this really fits in with the old series, with the characterisation of each fitting in well with how the characters had developed during the TV days and the gap between `Resurrection of the Daleks' and `Planet of Fire' during which I think this story is set. An excellent job from all concerned, 4 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 2 Mar. 2015
Format: Audio CD
This is an adventure with the Fifth Doctor and Turlough.

It is also the second 'Doctor Who' audio produced by Big Finish in 1999.

I was getting into the foray of Big Finish audios and was enjoying them immensely. I was glad to discover there were adventures with Peter Davison and Mark Strickson as the Fifth Doctor and Turlough in the gap between 'Resurrection of the Daleks' and 'Planet of Fire'.

I always wondered what happened to these two after Tegan had left the TARDIS and before they parted on the planet Sarn. It's a shame they only did three adventures together, but the adventures they did are unique and 'Phantasmagoria' is no exception.

'Phantasmagoria' is a four-part adventure by Mark Gattis. Mark is a Doctor Who fan and has written and acted in episodes of the new series and written/produced 'An Adventure In Space and Time'. This is his first audio for Big Finish and thankfully his blessing of 'long may it continue' became true.

This story is set in London 1702 and is a Restoration comedy-style adventure about men's gambling clubs and mysterious hauntings. The Doctor and Turlough arrive in the TARDIS to discover these mysterious goings-on that involve a certain Sir Nikolas Valentine who may or may not be the Devil.

This adventure is okay for me. But I must admit I don't regard it highly. For one thing there's a lot going-on that I didn't necessarily pick upon. Also, the episode lengths were pretty short and tight, which is unusual compared to Big Finish audios in later years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Doctor Who: Phantasmagoria.

Product Info.
2xCD.
4 - Episodes
Running time 100 minutes

Extras.
Trailers of forthcoming releases.

Cast.
The Doctor -- Peter Davison
Turlough -- Mark Strickson
Henry Gaunt -- Nicholas Briggs
Quincy Flowers -- David Walliams
Edmund Carteret -- Jonathan Rigby
Jasper Jeake -- Mark Gatiss
Poltrot/Librarian/Major Billy Lovemore -- Jez Fielder
Sir Nicholas Valentine -- David Ryall
Dr Samuel Holywell -- Steven Wickham
Hannah Fry -- Julia Dalkin

Trivia.
1)Quincy Flowers is played by comedian David Walliams.
2)Writer Mark Gatiss features as Jasper Jeake in this story.
3)Voice of the Daleks/Cybermen/Ice Warriors Nicholas Briggs features as Henry Gaunt.
4)This was the second Big Finish audio adventure released on 4th October 1999 on CD & Cassette.

What's Up Doc?
The Fifth Doctor & Turlough investigate the mysterious goings on at the Diabola Club in London 1702 were card players are suddenly disappearing after losing at cards against Sir Nikolas Valentine who seemingly always has a winning hand.

Can the Doctor & Turlough discover who is the mysterious Nikolas Valentine? & why does he were gloves to play cards? & what is he really up to?.

As the stakes are raised so high the Doctor needs to deal out a winning hand against Valentine as the Timelords fate hangs in the balance.

Timelord Thoughts.
Considering Big Finish had just started these audio adventures featuring classic Doctor's in new audio adventure format, Phantasmagoria is for the most part a decent Fifth Doctor adventure.
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