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The Eternal Summer (Doctor Who) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Jonathan Morris
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844354318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844354313
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Eternal Summer 23 April 2010
First things first this is not a story really catered for the casual listener, you'll need to listen to Castle of Fear before you start on this one. Anyway back to this story - I really loved the atmosphere of it. Slightly reminiscent of Chimes of Midnight on a certain level. But there were just so many clever things in it!

The scene with the TARDIS phone was a lot of fun. Part of me almost wished we could have had a bit more of that but that's hard to sustain long-term. I loved how the inhabitants of Stockbridge were fully aware of what was going on. That's a nice twist from the usual in these types of stories. It was intriguing to see how blasé they were about it after having been through it so many times. P.I.G. was fun and it was heartbreaking to see Maxwell Edison finally be accepted and find his place in the world, only to have to sacrifice it.

I'll admit, I had a sneaking suspicion who the Lord and Lady they might be. But only a couple of seconds before their reveal! The cast members in question did an amazing job as their evil counterparts - they sounded like they had a great deal of fun with this one.

Only niggle in this story is that due to the small cast we don't get a clear feel of the large amount of people trapped in this loop. In short a fun, tight, clever story but not a standalone for casual fans hence why 4 instead of 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars forever in a day 23 Dec 2009
A new doctor who audio play featuring peter davison as the doctor and sarah sutton as his companion nyssa. Running for four episodes of roughly twenty five minutes each this is the second in a trilogy of stories set in stockbridge, a place that has featured on occasion in the comic strip in doctor who magazine. You don't need to have read that to get into this, though. And whilst it follows on from the end of the first part of the trilogy Castle of Fear (Doctor Who) a brief reprise of the ending to that at the start of this means it's accessible to casual listeners.

This story sees the doctor and nyssa, as a result of what happened at the end of castle of fear, finding themselves in present day stockbridge. Only the residents think the two of them have lived there for decades. But have no memory of when they arrived. A quick investigation reveals that people are reliving their entire lives over the course of a single day. And this is happening again and again. Seemingly at the behest of the lord and lady of the local manor. a place stockbridge never hsd before.

Can UFO spotter maxwell edison [a character from the aforementioned comic strip] help the doctor save the day?

Whilst this script plays some very clever tricks with time and it's nature and provides lots of neat developments in the first part, I could see the shock reveal at the end of part two coming a mile off, and the villains and their motives thus didn't feel anything special. But the strength of the story is in the character. People do things out of character development and not because the plot requires it. and thus actions happen because of very believable reasons.
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My review for `The Eternal Summer' has been long overdue. Since my previous review on 'Castle of Fear' back in August 2011, I've not had the chance to review this thrilling second installment of `The Stockbridge Trilogy'. But as I'm currently listening to the whole trilogy again, I am now happy to do comment on this enjoyable experience.

I stated in my `Castle of Fear' review that I immediately put in the first disc of `The Eternal Summer' into my CD player after hearing the trailer for it over Christmas 2009. I was extremely excited once being immersed back into the world of Stockbridge and wanting to find out what happened to Nyssa and the Doctor.

The story follows on after the Doctor and Nyssa fail to stop the Rutan ship from exploding in `Castle of Fear'. But instead of being shattered into smithereens, the Doctor and Nyssa find themselves back in Stockbridge in the present day alive and well. But something's not right as time is going haywire in the village. Both the Doctor and Nyssa are being treated as `if they've been inhabitants of the settlement for years'. The Doctor happens to be the `village doctor' and Nyssa happens to be the `post mistress'. As the story progresses, the Doctor and Nyssa realize that Stockbridge is caught in a time bubble and they can't escape. Events and dates are being mixed up, as it sometimes shifts from 2009 to 1950 to 1984; people are getting married and being buried within a few minutes, and people find themselves dead within a few minutes being brought back to life again when time is reset. As Maxwell Edison aptly puts it, `it's like Groundhog Day, I love that film'. Or in this case, as some other reviewer amusingly puts it - it's like Ground Who Day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exellent Timey Wimey Adventure In Stockbridge 6 Dec 2013
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1)Jonathan Morris delivers a intriguing excellent script that is the second part of the Stockbridge Trilogy.
2)The supporting cast of Mark Williams & Pam Ferris add great characters to the story.
3)Peter Davison & Sarah Sutton deliver wonderful performances yet again.

Listeners unknown of the events in Castle Of Fear & Stockbridge maybe confused by this adventure.

Mark Williams is better known as Ron Weasleys Dad in Harry Potter & appears in series 7 of Doctor Who in 2 episodes playing Rorys Dad.
Pam Ferris has also appeared in Harry Potter & starred in series of hits on tv including Darling Buds of May, Call the Midwife & Rosemary & Thyme to name but a few.

CD Info.
2 x CD of a 4 part adventure, Running time 120 minutes, Trailer,Behind the scenes interviews.

This is what NuWho script editor would describe as a Timey Wimey audio adventure.

This is the second part of the Stockbridge trilogy & is a exellent adventure written by Jonathan Morris who delivers a complex but intriguing script that merits multiple listerns.

The Doctor & Nyssa arrive in present day Stockbridge after the previous story's event's in the aftermath of the Rutan explosion of Stockbridge castle were seemingly there are reliving events again & again over a 24 hour period.

Yet the residents of Stockbridge seem convinced that the Doctor & Nyssa have lived in Stockbridge for many year's.

Why are the couple whom have just got married now suddenly being buried to being resurrected minutes later?

To the Doctor making a telephone call yet realizes he's talking to himself on the phone from another point in time.
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