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The Light at the End (Doctor Who) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Nicholas Briggs
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd; Special ed edition (23 Nov 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1781781079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781781074
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 441,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Note to customers: This is the vinyl (LP) edition of this audiobook. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Eight Doctors??? 28 Nov 2013
By Alaran
Format:Audio CD
As Big Finish's celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who, `The Light at the End' could otherwise be more traditionally known as the Eight Doctors. In many ways though, it could easily be considered as a second Five Doctors. It is certainly written and performed in the same spirit as `The Five Doctors'. It has also has definite plot similarities. Both involve the Doctors being taken out of their own timelines by the evil machinations of certain dubious Timelords.

This time it is not the Fourth Doctor who ends up stuck in some type of limbo but rather the first three Doctors who are rather sidelined. Obviously it is a little different to feature the three great actors who are no longer with us, but a more than adequate job is done in covering them as best as possible. William Russell provides a very convincing First Doctor and Frazier Hines delivers yet another perfect Second Doctor. The Third Doctor has, perhaps, the smallest role and some of his lines are a little unclear on the audio.

Doctors four to eight all receive a well balanced share of the action though. The Fourth and Eighth Doctors are paired off early on. This gives them the bulk of the first quarter and their interaction is possibly the highlight of the play. Tom Baker and Paul McGann are at their most playful, witty and Doctorish. Their toying with the lead antagonist and the irritation they cause him is highly entertaining. They seem to really enjoy playing off each other.The relationship is also somewhat reminiscent of their meeting in Terrance Dicks' novel `The Eight Doctors'.

Doctors five, six and seven all spend most of the story sectioned off with their companion; Nyssa, Peri and Ace respectively. They are each given separate tasks/missions by the author giving them equal air time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams Come True For Who Fans 4 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's as good as you'd expect, probably moreso.

I hadn't ever heard a Who audiobook before so every aspect of it was something of a treat. The Doctors and their companions haven't aged much, in terms of their voices, they sound roughly as they did back in the day. Each of the five have their spotlight moments, and are also teamed up with one other of the Doctors for periods of the story.

Briggs has captured the personas brilliantly. The digs between the Fourth and Eighth Doctors are reminscent of Troughton versus Pertwee. The Fifth Doctor's curious approach and his somewhat hapless inquiry of the poor family man in 1963 before finding a solution are typical. The Seventh Doctor's preposterous language enlivens, and he is somehow an 'elder statesman' of the group. The Sixth Doctor's 'immodest' presentation has me liking him more and more as I get older-- his dressing down of one of the enemies is priceless.

When it was done, I found myself wanting this to go on for another hour!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 3 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD
This was the first time I purchased an audio adventure by Big Finish. I've heard of them before, but... well... I don't like to dabble in non-canonical stories when it comes to my franchises.

This was worth making an exception for!

It's funny, sweet, interesting, and couldn't have been better without a seance or the second coming allowing the return of Doctors 1-3.

My only regret is having purchased the standard edition (which is what I'm given to understand this is) and not the limited collector's edition (It was my first purchase, I wasn't going to shell out that much money on my first go! What if I didn't like it?). I should very much have liked to watch the "Making of" video.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time terror in Totton 8 Dec 2013
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The light at the end is a special Doctor Who audio story from Big Finish Productions, made to give everyone the multi Doctor story they all wanted for the fiftieth anniversary of the show.

It comes in several different editions. One on vinyl. One with a lot of extras. And an ordinary one which just has the story across two cd's. And absolutely nothing else whatsoever in the way of extras or trailers or interviews.

This review is of that ordinary version. Which has to be mentioned first as the Amazon system will probably lump them all together.

The story runs for just under two hours, and each disc is basically one long episode. The only breaks are the usual cd chapter ones, and there is a cliffhanger to the end of disc one.

This story does stand entirely on it's own and you don't need to have heard any other audios to get into it.

The story features Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy and Paul McGann all in prominent roles. Each Doctor is with just one companion. Who would be Leela, Nyssa, Peri, Ace and Charley. [Young adventuress from the early twentieth century, just in case you've not heard many other audios. She was mentioned in a recent tv special and appeared in lots of other audio stories].

The story sees the Master [not a spoiler, as he's on the cover of the box and the cast list] launch a scheme to rid the cosmos of his old enemy once and for all. Which draws people to a road in Totton [ which is just to the west of Southampton] on a certain date in November 1963.

The life of an ordinary man is shattered.

And the Doctor[s] have to fight for their very existence.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Son hasn't said that he disappointed so I assume he likes, after all he a fan!
Published 1 month ago by caz
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another winner from the chaps at Big Finish!
As we know, Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary was one MASSIVE party, enjoyed and celebrated through so many different medias, with the whole franchise and fanbase determined to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars THE LIGHT AT THE END SHINES OUT.
It's Doctor Who. It's Big Finish. It's a celebration of 50 years. It's got Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy & Paul McGann. It's got a host of companions. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Degsy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Light at the End
This 2-cd audio story features a fairly rare thing – all eight of the Doctors taking part in an audio story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Keen Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Light at the end
Half decent story but support by having all theses actors in it! Amazing,worth hearing all the doctors together!for once,if youre new to audio then give this a go!!
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Sharon B. Roles
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
I really enjoyed this story. What's not to like? Classic Doctors all together and clearly enjoying themselves. Read more
Published 7 months ago by R. NEIL
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!,
This is a great 50th anniversary gift to all of us long term fans. Great fun to hear all of the surviving classic Doctors interacting along with some of the old companions. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bourqson
5.0 out of 5 stars A ggod Story
All the actors take their characters as good as they are on the TV series. Tom with Louise, Peter with Sarah, Colin with Nicola, Sylvester with Sophie and Paul with India. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. T. Barker
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent all star Doctor Who story and recording
An excellent addition to the Doctor Who stories and a must for all Doctor Who fans - you will love it
Published 7 months ago by Max Steinman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase
This is a must have item for any doctor who fan but I was a little disappointed with the story, it was a bit strange towards the end. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs K M Brady
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