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The Scapegoat (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Jul 2009

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 July 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1844353974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844353972
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
fifth release in the third batch of audio plays featuring paul mcgann as doctor who, with sheridan smith as his companion lucie miller. this one runs for roughly sixty minutes, and is divided into two episodes of roughly thirty minutes each. whilst there are some references to stories earlier in the season you can get into this one without having heard them.

the disc ends with eight minutes worth of interviews with two of the cast and the writer, and a trailer for the next release in the range.

the scapegoat is a rather original and very inventive litle tale. the tardis crew are intending to visit the moulin rouge when the tardis is forced off course and lands in paris during world war two. the ship then vanishes, and whilst the doctor has to elude the gestapo lucie is captured by a group of goat headed humanoid aliens who force her to perform in a play, alongside an actor who has died on stage many times. literally. in very bloody ways. but always come back.

the aliens have plans for the tardis. and the nazis would like it as well. the tardis crew have to fight to stay alive and escape. and stop the alien plans.

drawing on the history of grand guignol theatre, there's a lot to like here. some very original aliens characters who are all very well played and characterised. and some great moments for lucie as she deals with them and has to act herself, leading to some geuninely funny moments.

there's also a very nice little emotional scene at the end with the doctor and lucie reaffirming their relationship.

but this is one of those stories you'll either love or hate. the second episode feels about five minutes too long, and filled to the brim with analogies and nazis, it never quite comes together as well as it possibly could.

even so, there's a lot of entertainment to be had along the way. whilst this isnt quite as good as it could be it's still an entertaining listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD
First released in 2009, this is the fifth episode of the third season of standalone releases for Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor outside of the monthly range of Big Finish releases. This is a one disc release, with two 25 minute episodes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc.

This is a startlingly original tale from BF in the new Eighth Doctor range. Landing in Pairs and expecting the see the sights of the Montmarte and Moulin Rouge, the Doctor and Lucie find that they are in the middle of the Nazi occupation by mistake. But the Nazi’s aren’t all that there is to worry about, there is also a very disturbing Grande Guignol theatre where not all of the blood in fake.

It’s witty, dark, pacey and thrilling. Lucie and the Doctor are at their best here, enjoying the adventure and facing it with characteristic humour and courage. McGann and Smith are simply brilliant. This is a great deal of fun tempered by some very dark and disturbing undertones. 5 stars for an almost perfect adventure.
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By Tony Jones VINE VOICE on 4 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
As Sheridan points out in the extras, this is called Scapegoat, not Space Goat. Confusingly though, this is about a tribe a space goats stranded on Earth that the Doctor and Lucie encounter in Nazi occupied Paris.

At first the story is a well written and performed Doctor meets the Nazis; it is only the Theatre de Baroque enters along with the previously mentioned goats that this takes off.

There is a lot here to like, including Lucie doing some camp acting and a different story set in wartime Paris, however I felt the line between entertainment and moralising was crossed when the story spends some time moralising about victims and scapegoats. The story also shines a slightly dark light (if that makes sense) into the human psyche and bloodlust of the masses.

Probably really a 3 and 1/2 but there you have it;not really bad but not the best in the series.
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By a1Niall on 9 Mar. 2010
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A strange break from the big story arc that runs through this season, Sheridan Smith hams it up perfectly.
there is a bit of a morality tale in there, but for me, it was handled in a light way that fitted in with the whole story.
this story would probably not work in the new DW tv series, but I can totally visualize it as a pre cancelation style episode
I find that with the audio adventures, Paul McGann is becoming my favorate Doctor.
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Nazis Guillotines and theatre oh my! 17 Sept. 2009
By Peter Ingemi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The latest entry in the 8th Doctor adventures find the Doctor off course (so what else is new) and landing 50 years too late in Occupied Paris rather than 19th century Paris.

There the Doctor and Lucie find Nazi's (of course), a newly working Chameleon Circuit, and an alien race that is into rather violent theatre and an unhealthy interest in Miss Miller.

The 3rd season continues to be strong, storywise, acting and plotting. The Doctor / Lucie relationship continues to inspires great stories on a regular basis.

Can he novel the Nazis, recover the Tardis, sort out the Aliens and prevent a bloodbath?

If this keeps up the incentive to subscribe might become too overwhelming to resist, but until that time, I suggest buying this one.
Alien Goats in Nazi Occupied France 27 Feb. 2015
By Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a solid Doctor and Lucie story as they find themselves in Nazi-occupied France. Lucie encounters the star of a show know for dying on stage thousands of times. She's shocked when she finds the deaths quite real.

Overall, the Scapegoat is a solid outing for the Eighth Doctor and Lucie. The script has just the right mix of horror, comedy, and drama to work. It uses its settings and Nazis to good effect. Sheridan Smith brings a great performance that shows both the comedy Lucie's capable of as well as a few deeper moments.

Things could have rapped up a bit more neatly. Still, this is a good entry in the Eighth Doctor Adventures Season 3.
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