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The Light at the End (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 23 Nov 2013

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd; Standard ed edition (23 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781781087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781781081
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,731 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alaran on 28 Nov. 2013
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Dec. 2013
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David P. Weber on 4 Mar. 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Wood TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jun. 2014
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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 celebrate to the fullest. Everyone and everything came together for this momentous occasion, including & especially all the different Doctors throughout history.

The Light at the End is a Big Finish audio drama that unites the Fourth (Tom Baker), Fifth (Peter Davison), Sixth (Colin Baker), Seventh (Sylvester McCoy) and Eighth (Paul McGann) Doctors in a all-star team-up (very similar to The Five Doctors and Day of the Doctor). Having enjoyed Big Finish & AudioGo's Destiny of the Doctor range so much, I was most keen to check out this particular drama, especially to see all the legends come back for this particular 50th Anniversary celebration in a brand-new setting.

The Light at the End focuses on November 23rd 1963 (sounds familiar...!), and Bob Dovie's life has been torn apart. The devastation that this innocent man has suffered, turns out to have grave consequences for the first eight of the Doctor's incarnations. The Time Lord's entire existence is threatened by arch-nemesis the Master and the mysterious `Vess'. Can the Doctor's various incarnations all work together to save themselves and all of time itself?

Nicholas Briggs (voice of the Daleks in the TV series and head-honcho of Big Finish) has written and directed The Light at the End, and (all-in-all) he should be proud of his production. With all the cast on form, rich sound-effects and soundtrack (LOVE the rendition of the Doctor Who theme used here!), The Light at the End is an audio drama of VERY high-quality. Worthy of Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary.
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