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The Whispering Forest (Doctor Who) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Stephen Cole
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 Aug 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1844354733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844354733
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whispers in the graveyard 13 April 2011
The second of three 2010 Big Finish dramas to feature the reunited early-Eighties TARDIS team is an absolute belter. The story is styled like something straight out of 1983 and as such is another nostalgic treat for those of us whose first Doctor was Peter Davison.
The Fifth Doctor is firing on all cylinders here; Tegan and Turlough have reached an uneasy truce, and Nyssa is as calmly knowledgeable as ever. The travelling companions arrive in the middle of a fractured community on the curiously named planet Purity; who are the ethereal `Shades' and why are they spiriting away sick and injured people? Why are the inhabitants of Purity so obsessed with hygiene and why does The Doctor's name cause such consternation and interest..?
Stephen Cole's script is terrific and the cast rise to it admirably. With excellent support from Sue Wallace as the deranged Mertil, and Four to Doomsday's Paul Shelley as the nave Jestan, the four principals provide what must be their best performances to date, and the trilogy is nicely set up at the end of disc two when an old adversary and ancient evil rears its scaly head once more...
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of My Favourite Fifth Doctor Audiobooks 15 Mar 2014
By timelord007 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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CD Info.
2xCD of a 4 episode story, Running time 120 minutes approx, Trailer, Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)Hayley Atwell has appeared in several Big Finish Doctor Who audio plays, Blood Of The Daleks, War Against The Laan/Sands Of Time but more recently she starred as Peggy Carter alongside Chris Evans in Captain America The First Avenger.
2)Harry Melling is the Grandson of Second Doctor Patrick Troughton.
3)Paul Shelly appeared in the Fifth Doctor tv story Four To Doomsday.
4)Keep a listen out for a surprise villian at the end of this adventure that ties into the next story.

Synopsis.
The Tardis lands on the Alien world of Purity were a small band of humans hold tight during the night as the weakest members of the group are spirited away by the mysterious Takers.

But there's one thing the colonists on Purity Bay fear more than the Takers is dirt & disease that is spread by these ew visitor's wlho have just arrived in a strange Blue box, There named the Doctor, Tegan, Nyssa & Turlough.

What is the mystery of the Whispering Forest? & just who are the Takers & why do they always take the weakest human's into the forest?

Timelord Thoughts.
I adore this audio adventure as for me it's a superb Doctor Who story that delivers a intriguing story, Fast paced adventure &, plenty for the Tardis crew to get involved in.

Peter Davison is excellent in this story as the Fifth Doctor giving his boyish curiosity charm to event's here, While Tegans character is expanded on here with Janet Felding delivering a great performance as Tegan here especially in the story's final scene.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Whispering Forest 19 Aug 2012
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The Whispering Forest is the second in a trilogy of adventures featuring the 5th doctor, tegan, turlough and nyssa. It is perhaps not the best of them but it is still jolly good. Tegan is superbly portrayed by Janet Fielding and the cast are great, But no matter how great the rest of the release is, nothing can beat the ending, the return of the MARA!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cleanliness is next to godliness 15 Sep 2010
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Another Doctor Who audio play, this one featuring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor with companions Tegan, Turlough, and Nyssa. The latter having met up with the others fifty years after she left the TARDIS. Although only a matter of days have passed for the others since they last saw her.

This is the second in a trilogy featuring this line up, following on from Cobwebs (Doctor Who). Although there is a running story that follows on from that one this one almost stands on it's own and those who haven't heard cobwebs should have no trouble getting into it.

It runs for four episodes, spread over two discs, and each episode is twenty five to twenty seven minutes in length.

The story sees the TARDIS land in the middle of a forest on a strange world. The four travellers are quickly separated and soon find that humans live on the planet. In fear of strange beings called the takers. Their settlement has strange legends, and the people are obsessed with body hygiene. Danger also comes from within as an ambitious lady makes a power play. Can the Doctor survive that and find out the secret of this planet?

In many ways this ia a very typical story. The Doctor investigating a strange world and finding a leader who is unsure of themselves and also having to deal with would be leaders who don't trust him at all. The Lady who is chief of these characters - the one making the power play - can be fantastically irritating at points but some very good scenes of character do make her into a very believable villain with plausible motivations.

And the slow uncovering of what's going on here is most intriguing.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is sadly a slow, boring story where the is a rubbish society based around being clean. Also, the lines are ocasionally terrible, like"..purity shines in beads of BLOOD..." and "...comes the spin cycle..". Dissapointing.Cole could be better.
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