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Pier Pressure (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Jan 2006

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (1 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844351661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844351664
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 1 x 12.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 611,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Feb. 2014
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This is another in the wonderful Big Finish range of original audio adventures. This story features the Sixth Doctor (as played by Colin Baker) and Evelyn Smythe (as played by Maggie Stables). Deciding the Doctor needs a holiday, Evelyn persuades him to go to the seaside. Brighton seems appealing, and 1936 seems a good year. But there’s something waiting off the pier at the seaside that’s not so appealing. As Albert and his young lady Emily are about to find out. But all is not lost, because the darling of the Brighton seaside, Max Miller is on hand to assist the Doctor and Evelyn.

This is a great story; part historical, part alien, and fully invested with the character of Max Miller. I love the way bits of music play behind his narrative, and Roy Hudd plays him brilliantly. The backchat between him and Evelyn is delightful. And the villain of the piece, as played by Doug Bradley is absolutely brilliant. The way he alternates his voice between the hapless human host and the alien presence is just astonishing.

There’s quite a lot of talking in this story, and not a whole lot of action. If you’re looking for action-packed whizz bang alien adventure, this is not the story for you. But it’s invested with so much humanity, Emily and Albert are such great young characters, Max Miller is a joy to listen to, and the Doctor is in full flow for so much of the story that time just flies by. The character of Professor Talbot is wonderful; in fact, everyone in this story is wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and I’d happily listen to it again; it’s a reflective piece, a great slice of British seaside life, with a tinge of Hammer horror. Great stuff.
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Returning to scribe duties after 'Medicinal Purposes', comedy historian Robert Ross sends angry old Six on another historic escapade, this time to Brighton, 1936. There's something foul over at the pier, with strange lights and vanishing people, and with the aid of comedy legend Max Miller and an eager young movie fan, the Doctor sets out to unravel an enigma with potentially devastating consequences...

As you'd expect from Big Finish, one of the story's strengths is its cast: the lively Colin Baker as the fiery Sixth and the late Maggie Stables as Professor Evelyn Smythe have not lost a jot of their chemistry that made them a favourite among fans. However, the main draw here is Roy Hudd as Miller, one of England's most beloved comedians, and he manages the role well, helped by experience of doing impersonations of Miller, and makes him a consistently lively and energetic presence in the story as befitting a comic maverick. Also as expected is the prowess of the technical crew, creating the appropriate seaside sounds of waves crashing, seagulls and the drunken chatter of pubs while underscoring with a very atmospheric soundtrack that definitely feels classic horror movie-esque and adds a lot more than the script would have conjured on its own.

Yes sadly, Ross' script is the lame duck here: the pseudo historical is very familiar ground for Who, and despite a strong start that creates a sense of foreboding, the audioplay sags and slogs after the half way mark.
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"Pier Pressure" has been written off, or at least given a battering, for being thin on plot and heavy on meandering dialogue. Yes, there are some drawn out conversations between the protagonists, but I think the point of "Pier Pressure" is that it is a character piece - writer Robert Ross concentrates more on the banter between his characters rather than in ladling on a convoluted plot which might otherwise detract from the enjoyment of the dialogue. I find it highly atmospheric and rather elegaic in quality, and Roy Hudd's performance in particular is lovely. The Brighton setting works well, the cast is uniformly great, and there is a real spark to much of the script. Underrated.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2007
It's this new doctor who audio play, right? It's four episodes long, and it features the sixth doctor and his latest companion, evelyn smythe. They come to brighton in 1936, meet max miller, and enlist his help in dealing with some evil lurking at the end of the pier. And they manage to tie that nicely into real history.

There's some great recreation of the time period - you might want to look up the films that the character billy mentions he's been in, as you won't believe who he really is - and decent guest star acting, particularly from roy hudd playing the great stand up comic max miller.

But this one isn't as good as it could be, because the episodes are about five to ten minutes too long, and everyone spends a lot of time standing around talking about evil things without actually doing much about them. Particularly the actual villains.

So this is a pretty good story, but if it had been shorter and sharper, it could have been so much better
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