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The Holy Terror (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Nov 2000

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Nov. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903654106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903654101
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 602,960 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 9 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the fourteenth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six and Robert Jezek as Frobisher. 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 notes from the author.

After Frobisher plays around with the TARDIS controls it forces him and the Doctor to land in a strange castle somewhat reminiscent of Gormenghast. There appears to be no outside world, and the people's lives are ruled utterly by tradition, with the same patterns repeating over and over again through history. As the Doctor tries to understand the world a terror lurking in the deepest depths starts to arise.

It's an almost perfect production from Big Finish. The script is cracking. In Frobisher we have a character who manages to provide just the right amount of humour, which nicely contrasts with the dark and mysterious adventure. Jezek is great as the big talking bird, it is a pity he has only made one more appearance in the Big Finish range. Colin Baker as Six for the forst time really shows us what his character could have been. Full of energy, but with the arrogance dialled right down and the compassionate nature shining through. He is at his charming best, and bounces well off Jezek and the rest of the cast. The rest of the script seems like a cross between Richard the Third and Gormenghast, and the actors attack their parts with relish. I especially loved Roberta Flack as the deliciously cruel Berengaria, an Peter Guinness as Childric, a real pantomime villain played with some relish and gusto by Guinness, who has a magnetic voice full of colour and charm.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Thomas VINE VOICE on 14 July 2005
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This tale examines every cliche about Doctor Who possible in a completely fresh way. I did not get the joke that it is a four parter the length of a six parter until I read the above review. Indeed looking at the length on the back nearly put me off listening to it. But surprisingly there was no padding whatsoever. The joke about the corridors was fantastic. The Doctor when he thinks he has met the villains is equally funny.
This story also has elements of horror in it too. In fact its attempt to delve into the motive of the typical Who villain is inspired.
The story is populated with characters, not merely bodies to say lines enhance the plot or die. Indeed the acting is at the highest level I have heard from Big Finish.
The Doctor - This could very well be Colin Baker's best ever performance. Funny and I believe this may be the first time since Troughton we see a Doctor showing such fear as when he realises what is happening. There is a scene in part four where he has an exchange with Clovis which is one of the best scenes any Doctor has featured in.
Frobisher - He is very funny. His storyline gives him a lot of development and he has grown on me a lot.
Pepin - Very good. The actor who had to play him shows a wide variation of acting skills. He has a lot to do which is so subtle you may miss most of it.
Berengaria - Being an Eastenders hater I was expecting her to be c**p. But she had some of the best scenes and lines of the story. She has gone up a lot in my estimations.
Livilla - What a b***h. Still did her job and was an excellent love to hate her character.
Tacticus - I have great memories from watching Sam Kelly in Allo Allo and On The Up and he gave me even more great memories.
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By Seth Doyle on 7 Feb. 2009
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Religion in Doctor Who is a concept that tended to get glossed over in the classic series. Also by the Sixth Doctor's tenure, it was at the stage where the humour and whimsy was being slowly drained away. The Holy Terror is an example of how the tv series should have been. Not only does it manage to touch on a subject in a way that doesn't end up being controversial, it also brings back the humour and witty dialogue that is a staple of the new series.
First of all, the inclusion of Frobisher was a stroke of genius. The fact that he got a sort of "wiseguy" attitude and is not constantly going "Yes Doctor, No Doctor, What's happening Doctor?" makes him an equal character in his own right. Admittedly, I wasn't expecting him to have a Brooklyn accent (especially when I saw Robert Jezek in Battlefield) but despite that, it just seems natural. It's a pity that Frobisher has only appeared in one other audio.
Secondly, The Holy Terror can make a easy transition from light humour to disturbing horror. There are great contrasts on both ends of the spectrum ranging from the absurdity of Eugene Tacitus' bibles to one of the lead villains getting telekinetically ripped in half. The overall story is a lot darker then you are initially led to believe.
Finally, the cast are brilliant. Sam Kelly gives an excellent performance as a bumbling scribe and Roberta Taylor gives the right blend of sadism and apathy. As for the good Doctor himself, Colin Baker's performance doesn't dissapoint. Sarcastic, sympathetic, articulate but without all the arrogant shouting that was seen in his earlier episodes.
Overall, The Holy Terror is one of the best Sixth Doctor's audio dramas. Anyone who felt that the tv show started to lose it's impact in the eighties, it is stuff like this that proves that people can learn from past mistakes.

To conclude, "All Hail Frobisher! All Hail the big talking bird!"
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