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The Sirens of Time (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Jul 1999

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (1 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903654289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903654286
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 483,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 July 2006
The very first big finish story has the fifth sixth and seventh doctors all facing similar threats on their own, and then brought together at the end to deal with as it gets bigger.

Each gets an episode to themselves. Some are better than others. The seventh's doesn't engage, the fifth's is quite good although his companions are written out of it in a contrived manner, and the sixth's is involving due to the quality of colin baker's acting.

On their own those episodes would rate three stars, but this story as a whole gets up to a four as it's a great listen when the doctors come together. Sylvester Mccoy and Colin Baker are a great double act, and Peter Davison is superb in the elder statesman of the trio role.

The rest of the plot is nothing special, but this is still a pretty good listen
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Kennard on 2 Sept. 2013
Back in the final, fading days of the last century, our good Doctor's brilliant flame was flickering down to its last embers. Briefly fanned by the TV movie in '96, it had been kept alive by books and an increasingly eclectic magazine. It looked like the TARDIS doors were soon going to close forever. And then came The Sirens of Time...

When I first heard this, back in 2000-2001, I found it to be a little confusing, with far more going on than I remembered in the series. Besides, Doctor Who was a visual thing, wasn't it? But time, and the Doctor, has moved on. Now, we hear the Doctor on radio and CD regularly, enjoying a modern series for a modern audience. So, it seems like a good time for a reassessment.
Clearly designed both to showcase and advertise these new productions, we are treated to three single episode adventures for the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors, all of which are entirely different, yet somehow similar. Each ends with a dramatic cliffhanger that seems to spell certain doom for our hero. They are all working alone, without the TARDIS or companion, at least almost: each gets a brief companion to apparently aid them. But are they all they seem? And just why are the Time Lords so keen to first contact, and then try to kill, the Doctor?
The fourth and final installment gives us all the answers, as all three find themselves having to work together to battle a foe as old as time, and just as fickle. But, will they all make it out I one piece?

The cast are clearly enjoying themselves with this story, in particular the Doctors, all of whom seem to settle into their roles with an ease that believe the passage of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley as Billy on 19 July 2015
This is the first Big Finish audio adventure in 'Doctor Who'!

'The Sirens of Time' is a significant story in the history of 'Doctor Who'. It's a multi-Doctor story featuring the Fifth; Sixth and Seventh incarnations of our Time Lord! It is also is the first of a long-running range of audio stories produced by a fantastic company that has lasted for over 15 years.

In 1989, 'Doctor Who' was cancelled on TV. In 1999, ten years later, Big Finish got the licence to produce audio dramas of the British sci-fi TV series. Producer Gary Russell commissioned Nicholas Briggs to write and direct the first 'Doctor Who' audio drama, and things were never the same again.

This must have been exciting for 'Doctor Who' fans, without the TV show for ten years, to be getting brand-new stories in the form of audio. It would take a while before Big Finish gained its popularity and influence in later years. But this was a 'small start' leading to a 'big finish'! Terrible joke, I know.

It was decided that the first 'Doctor Who' audio by Big Finish would be a multi-Doctor featuring Peter Davison; Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy. Nick Briggs wanted to write an episode for each of the three Doctors and to have them all appear in the final episode for a showdown with the villain.

'Part One' features the Seventh Doctor only; whilst 'Part Two' features the Fifth Doctor only and 'Part Three' features the Sixth Doctor only. 'Part Four' would feature Doctors Five; Six and Seven at the end. I was pleased Peter; Colin and Sylvester all agreed to appear in this Big Finish audio drama.

A crisis occurs on Gallifrey when the Time Lords are attacked by a fleet of hostile warships of the Knights of Velyshaa.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Jan. 2011
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This is the first in the Big Finish range of Classic Doctor Who audio stories, and great things were to follow.

Dr. Who works superbly well as an audio production, mainly because the production team are no longer hamstrung by cheap visual effects. The monsters are so much better when you cannot see them! Also, as no sets are needed it allows for a much wider and imaginative selection of location, and is able to produce stories with epic, sweeping qualities that just cannot be made for TV.

Following the format of the classic show, adventures are usually 4 part with 25 minutes per episode. In this adventure we are presented with one episode each starring Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, in their individual dealings with the main villain of the piece. Then finally in the fourth episode the three come together to battle it out with their foe. This is where it gets really interesting, and the interaction between the three leads is excellent.

Cast and production crew were still finding their feet, but nonetheless this is good start. The three leads slip back into their roles easily, and after a few minutes it is as if they had never been away. Great stuff.
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