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Seasons of Fear (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Mar 2002


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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (1 Mar. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903654599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903654590
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 1 x 12.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 677,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Kyle on 19 Oct. 2004
Seasons of Fear is written primarily by Paul Cornell, who penned BBCi's Scream of the Shalka and a few of the novels. However, he is also writing for the new series, and for this reason attracted my attention to this particular drama.
The Doc and Charley finally reach Singapore (where Charley keeps her date with Alex Grayle, promised just before the R-101 events of Storm Warning). However, as Charley is away cavorting, the Doc is approached by Sebastian Grayle, who boasts he is an immortal and is here to see the man he killed in the past. Realising this is a hideous temporary anomaly, the Doc travels back in the past to discover just how Grayle became immortal and who his masters are.
The narrative jumps from ancient Rome to Jane Austen's England and follows a similar form to the Hartnell episode Keys of Marinus. This works quite well, not confusing the listener but exposing them to a melee of different characters (cleverly played by the same actors in each time frame) from different zones.
McGann is once again fantastic, speaking not only as the Doc in the story but also the narrator (much like the 1996 movie), which makes sense later in the story. There are a few moments of 3-dimensions (or should that be 4) in the doc's character.India Fisher is once again good as Charley. The supporting actors, especially Stephen Perring as Grayle in his numerous forms, are all terrific.
The monsters of the story, which i will not reveal here, are memories from the original series. Paul Cornell has very successfully resurrected a not-so-memorable Dr Who monster and made it quite scary and dominating. The audio medium is ideal for this.
Overall this is a good story, sitting by itself as an episode but also as part of the ongoing series. We are introduced through one reference to Zagreus, who will come to the fore in later episodes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Mar. 2014
Cd Info.
2xCd's of a 4 episode story, Running time 120 minutes approx.

Trivia.
1)First appearance of the Nimons in a Big Finish audio adventure.
2)The Eighth Doctor partly narrates this audio adventure.
3)Don Warringtons character who's name I won't spoil here will be a significant threat to the Eighth Doctor in Neverland, Zagreus & the Divergence Arc.
4)The Nimons first appearance was in the classic season 17 fourth Doctor story The Horns Of Nimon.

Synopsis.
The Eighth Doctor manages to arrive in Singapore in the 1930 were he & companion Charley Pollard meet Sebastian Grayle who is immortal, Possessed & ruthless advisory who holds a dark secret to his immortal power & is a former enemy of the Doctor but to the Doctor, Grayle is a complete stranger he's yet to encounter.

The Doctor & Charleys quest to unlock the mystery of Grayles secret takes our time travellers across four different time periods of Earths history if they are to discover Grayles power & stand any chance of defeating him, Yet the Doctor on this quest will also encounter another old enemy the fearsome Nimon.

Timelord Thoughts.
Paul Cornell & Caroline Symcox have written a superb entertaining tightly paced audio adventure which sees the Doctor battling against a past advisory he's yet to meet & the sinister Nimon.

The story is an intriguing audio adventure which is an engaging listen throughout with great performances by Paul McGann & India Fisher as the Eighth Doctor & Charley Pollard.

Stephen Perring does very well as Sebastian Grayle who adds an air of mystery to his character & it's a great twist to pit the Doctor against an advisory from his past he's yet to meet.

With excellent production values, Great sound effects & music score this is one of the best Eighth Doctor audio adventures available & well worth adding to your Big Finish collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 April 2012
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This is the thirtieth 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 Charlotte Pollard. 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 pictures of the cast and production notes.

This release is the third in the second miniseries of Eighth Doc stories, through which there is a loose story arc revolving around Charlotte Pollard's rescue from the R101 by the Doc back in their first adventure. The arc has a greater presence on some stories than others, and here it is not important, apart from and endnote which links straight to Neverland in 3 releases time.

When visiting Singapore in 1931 in order to keep Charlie's appointment with her friend Alex Grayle, the Doctor as accosted by one Sebastian Grayle, who claims to have already killed the doctor in his past, and started a chain of events that mean the end of the earth and possibly of time itself.

The Doctor and Charlie set off on a quest back through time, encountering Grayle at various points in history to try and thwart his plans, thus saving the universe. Again. All seems to going OK until the true identity of Grayle's masters is revealed, then the Doctor really is in danger.

There is a link to a fourth Doctor adventure (I can't say which one for fear of giving too much away), and even a reference to events in the First Doc adventure `Edge Of Destruction', as well as forward links to the Zagreus cycle.

It's a classic quest story, played up for all it is worth by McGann and Fisher, who have a great chemistry and were clearly loving every minute of the recording. The rest of the cast get right into the spirit, and a rip roaring adventure results. I love this series, 5 stars.
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