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Vengeance of Morbius (Doctor Who) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Nicholas Briggs
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844353117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844353118
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 11.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Warning, contains spoilers. First released in 2008, this is the eighth episode of the second 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 a single 50 minute episode. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc. This is the second part of a two part story (the forst part being Sisters of the Flame) and you need to listen to both parts to understand the story line. It also helps if you have seen the classic serial ‘Brain Of Morbius’ and heard a few of the other Eighth Doc/Lucie adventures.

For this most part this release left me quite cold. It deals with the resurrection of Morbius, his plans to take over the Universe and his final confrontation with the Doctor. Sould be a thrill ride. But the man himself does not appear until late on, and even then straight after his resurrection we are whisked forward in time some ten years when his conquest of the galaxy is well in progress, we see very little fo the main villain and as a result there is little sense of danger. Samuel West is actually quite good as Morbius, making the most of the part, but there is so little of it that he has to work hard to make an impression. Equally, Kenneth Colley and Alexander Sidding are wasted, Colley as the megalomaniac Zarodnix, and Sidding as Rosto, the space policeman of the future who was the best thing about the previous story, Sisters of the Flame.

It’s a bit of a plod, with a rushed and incomprehensible conclusion, but then the aftermath is devastating and perfectly played. The last few minutes are powerful, full of some great acting from Sheridan Smith as Lucie deals with the seeming death of the Doctor.

So all in all 2 stars for the main part of the release, but three stars overall due to the powerful last few minutes. Oh, and the extras here are really worth it, as they follow Sheridan Smith around a Who convention.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars he's back 24 Aug 2008
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
eighth and final audio play in the current series of adventures for paul mcgann as the eighth doctor who and sheridan smith as his companion lucie miller. who share an excellent chemistry together and are a delight to listen to.

this one runs for forty seven minutes or so, and the disc concludes with roughly twenty minutes of interviews with cast and crew.

this play follows on from the end of the previous one, sisters of the flame, and although there is a lot of information given at the beginning that might help new listeners understand what is going on you are better off having heard the previous play in order to get the most out of it.

and what's going on can be seen from the title of the disc. someone is trying to bring back evil time lord morbius, last seen in the fourth doctor story the brain of morbius broadcast on the bbc in 1976 and released on dvd this year.

but you don't need to have watched that to get into this.

over the course of the episode the doctor and lucie attempt to foil this, escaping death traps, disregarding the laws of time in a wonderfully cavalier manner, and launching desperate and daring plans. the pace never lets up for a moment and it carries the listener along, not least thanks to some wonderful dialogue for the leads.

it even manages to be quite epic in scope even in scenes where there are three characters standing reacting to things in a room.

and it ends on a big cliffhanger. you may think you will see the cliffhanger coming, but even then things develop. and a powerfully emotional scene follows. but make sure you keep listening to the end of the disc.

thank goodness the inlay says there will be another season next year. this is a very good end to a strong audio season
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good conclusion to Sisters Of The Flame... 31 May 2013
By Cabbo
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Very good conclusion, but it does not stand alone as a story, listen to Sisters Of The Flame first and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 20 July 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Hubby Loves Listening To Dr Who Audios And He Says Thanks A++++++++++++++++++++++++ Will Use Again
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1.0 out of 5 stars Who Needs This? 26 Jan 2014
By S Maslin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Something terrible is happening in the universe. Any knowledge of it could be deadly..." is a bit of a cliche. "The survival of the Time Lords and the whole universe of space and time..." is another. As is an ugly-looking centipede turning out to be a good guy while a nice-sounding human female is actually a baddie. The Doctor's companion Lucie's lasting effect on said centipede, Rosto, is completely unconvincing and another one for the cliche list. Add a formerly defunct enemy not being dead (no matter how totally expired a Doctor Who villain appears to be, they're never more than the stroke of a pen away if desperation dictates) and the morally ambiguous Sisterhood of Karn turning up. . .

'Vengeance of Morbius' starts with a seven minute long re-exposition of its predecessor 'Sisters of the Flame', with a plot recap of the TV original 'The Brain of Morbius' thrown in for good measure. Here - already - is the story's main weakness: apart from at the very end, there's very little in the way of action. (The Doctor and Lucie in the dispersion chamber seems intended as something of a break from the verbiage but manages to be totally devoid of any suspense.) It's all very fact-fact-fact-fact and there's an ocean of techno-babble.

On the plus side, Samuel West is brilliant as Morbius (when he finally turns up - for the last 25 minutes) but this is more than compensated for by Kenneth Colley's inexplicably daft performance as Zarodnix (as if someone had told him the way to 'do' a Who villain but hadn't done a very good job) and by the eponymous Sisters, as poorly realized as their inclusion is ultimately pointless. For the first and only time in the NEDAs, Paul McGann slips below the level we have come to expect and who can blame him? This is humourless in the extreme (apart from an unintentionally laughable fanfare) with not one glimmer of wit. Jokes, yes, funny ones, no.

If this is for an older audience then it adds nothing to the myth of Morbius or to Doctor Who in general. If it's for a younger televisual audience, then why should they care about any of it? Dull, dull, dull, dull, dull.
5.0 out of 5 stars Now THAT's more like it 23 Jan 2009
By Peter Ingemi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Dr Who the Vengeance of Morbius is a spectacular finish to the 2nd season of Paul McGann's Doctor Who adventures. It's everything Dr Who Phobos (Dr Who Big Finish) was not. The plot was first rate, the story interesting and the cast entertaining.

Lucy really came into her own in Sisters of the Flame (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) and this adventure continues it. The supporting cast also helps carry the story through thick and thin.

The willingness of the doctor to play with the time stream and the lack of guards around Morbius at the climax are small issues but the action and the tension is maintained throughout. It keeps you on your toes.

The cliffhangers at the end are to some degree false, we of course know that the doctor survives or we wouldn't be seeing a 9th, 10th or 11th doctor. The cliffhanger with Lucy should carry well into the 3rd season.

The interviews at the end including one from a convention were fun. They added solid value without being repetitive.

The second season was stronger than the first. With this as a template perhaps we can look forward to an even better 3rd season.
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