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The Butcher of Brisbane (Doctor Who) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Marc Platt
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Jun 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1844356299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844356294
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The fearsome Doctor Findecker 21 Aug 2012
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Latest Doctor Who audio story, and third in the latest trilogy of them to feature the Fifth Doctor along with his companions Tegan, Nyssa, and Turlough.

These stories are all relatively self contained though, save for an ongoing story arc involving Nyssa. But that gets no attention at all in this one, so casual listeners will be able to get into it quite easily.

The story runs for four episodes of thirty minutes each [approx] and is complete on two cd's.

It's a prequel to the Fourth Doctor story Doctor Who - The Talons Of Weng Chiang [1977] [DVD] [1963]. Which saw the Fourth Doctor meet 51st century war criminal Magnus Greel and the nasty homunculus Mr. Sin in Victorian London, the two having escaped to there via time travel from their home period.

Here, when a trip to Tegan's hometown goes wrong the Doctor and her are separated from Turlough and Nyssa who find themselves stranded in the 51st century. Where Earth is on the brink of war between two great alliances.

When looking for his lost companions the Doctor finds the two of them in a surprising situation. And he also meets Greel's associate, the very nasty alien Dr. Findecker and some mutant creatures he has created.

The Doctor is determined to make sure history works out how it should. But can everyone survive in the meantime?

This starts off feeling like a story from the Fifth Doctor's era on tv but it is more involved and deeper than anything that was done at the time. There's a good use of the possibilities of time travel [the overused phrase 'timey wimey' may come to mind] and some excellent villainy from two very three dimensional characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Prequel To Talons 5 April 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
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CD Info.
2xCD of a 4 episode adventure, Running time 120 minutes approx.

Extra.
Tralier, Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)Time Agent's were first mentioned in The Talons Of Weng Chiang & never refered to again until 2005 Ninth Doctor tv episode The Empty Child.
2)Magnus Greel slaughtered over 100,000 people giving him the nickname The Butcher Of Brisbane.
3)Angus Wright (Magnus Greel) played Mr Dread in Sarah Jane Adventures episode The Vault Of Secrets.

Synopsis.
The Fifth Doctor takes companion Tegan back home to Brisbane Australia in the 20th Century but due to a course malfunction arrives in the 51st Century instead.

To the Doctors dismay the 51st Century sees the whole world is in complete chaos as the infamous Minister Of Justice Magnus Greel is at the height of his power & the world is at the brink of all out war.

The Doctor has encountered Greel before in his Fourth incarnation in Victorian London were with the aid of companion Leela, Jago & Litefoot he was able to defeat Magnus Greel & deactivate his deadly associate Mr Sin.

The Doctor is aware that he cannot change event's that would cause his past self not to defeat Greel in Victorian London so has to tread very carefully as not to alter history yet the Doctor soon finds himself at the mercy of Greels alien associate Findecker & his army of mutations.

As for Tegan well she'll soon discover why Magus Greel is called The Butcher Of Brisbane.

Timelord Thoughts.
When I heard Big Finish were planning on doing a prequel to one of my favourite Doctor Who tv adventures The Talons Of Weng Chiang I thought this can't be good as Talons Of Weng Chiang as Talons is regarded as a classic Doctor Who story.
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By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is the hundred and sixty first release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five, with Mark Strickson as Turlough, Sarah Sutton as the older Nyssa and Janet Fielding as Tegan. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the second disc and a few minutes of the soundtrack at the end of disc 1.

This adventure was a tough ask for Marc Platt. Not only had he to continue the good work done in the previous two parts of this trilogy of adventures, making an effort to give each of the regulars plenty to do and not sidelining any of them while simultaneously writing Tegan as a less disagreeable character, he also had to take on a firm fan favourite from the classic TV series and provide an origins story for Magnus Greel and Mr Sin, two of the shows more memorable villains. I am pleased to report that he has risen to the challenge to deliver a script that does justice to the classic show, does not mess up any continuity and provides lots of excellent scenes and situations for the four regulars. This trilogy has totally altered my opinion of this particular TARDIS crew, they are now working together better than they ever have, both on TV and audio, and providing some really great adventures.
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