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Doctor Who - Timelash [DVD]
Doctor Who - Timelash [DVD]
Dvd ~ Colin Baker
Price: £5.95

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unfairly lambasted!, 1 July 2007
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Timelash [DVD] (DVD)
I realise this story has got a pretty bad press from some of the fans, but there is a lot in the story to like, from the way 'The Time Machine' has been cleverly updated to a futuristic setting, to the excellent Borad, one of the most underrated Who monsters/villains ever. OK so it isnt perfect and the effects let it down a lot, but I would rather watch this fun and interesting story any day of the week compared to dull bore-a-thons like Time Flight, Meglos, Arc of Infinity etc. If you have never seen it then ignore the naysayers and give it a go, you may be pleasently suprised...

..Ish (Doctor Who)
..Ish (Doctor Who)
by Phil Pascoe
Edition: Audio CD

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking but hard to follow, 17 Dec. 2002
This review is from: ..Ish (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Another CD full cast adventure for the Doctor from Big Finish, this time starring the 6th doctor (Colin Baker) and Peri (Nicola Bryant). This story finds the doctor arriving for the unveiling of the biggest dictionary in the universe, and coming up against a malevolent word....
I really wanted to like this story because it really made me think about the role of language in our society, with the notion of language existing THROUGH us being a fascinating one. The reason I didnt enjoy it was because the story just seemed smug and self-satisfied, as if it KNEW it was being clever. In places it was generally fun, for example the doctor stealing a joke from Blackadder the third (another great BBC series) but it was generally Po faced, and too arrogant in places to explain exactly what was going on. Ive now listened to it twice and follow it up until about the beginning of part 3, where the delegates at the symposium lose the power of speech except the word ish... Then it all becomes a bit of a blur!
Its not a total wash out though - I want to listen to it again, if only to decipher the latter half, and its ideas are exceptionally good - with the 'baddy' if you like being the longest word in existance (the omniverbum) which must, by defination, have no meaning, and so driving anyone that comes into contact with it insane - just try letting Star Trek put that in an enterprise episode! If nothing else, Ish... proves the Dr Who format still has the capacity to make us think and not just feed as a drip of cliches. Worth a listen.

The Rapture (Doctor Who)
The Rapture (Doctor Who)
by Joseph Lidster
Edition: Audio CD

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual but worthwhile adventure, 17 Dec. 2002
The Rapture is the latest in a series of generally excellent adventures from Big Finish, a company which has been recording full-cast audio dramas (as opposed to talking books) using the original actors who played the doctor + companions. These stories have been released at the rate of 1 per month since summer 1999, and at times have reached a standard that televised who never did.
The Rapture is a highly unusual tale, set in Ibiza, and scripted by a newcomer to the range. Its main selling point is the appearence of Tony Blackburn playing himself, although the music and general storyline set it apart from other adventures. The basic plot is that 2 angels have established themselves in a club in Ibiza, a club where the 7th Doc (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace (Sophie Aldred) have just arrived to relax...
The story attempts to split itself in two, covering the machinations of the 2 angels as well as a personal revelation for Ace. It manages to do this well, but as with a number of stories is more successfull in its opening parts (the Big Finish CD's are split in 4 parts like on telly, 2 parts per CD) due to the mystery surrounding the angels being a little formulaic when revealed. A nice touch is that the story has a little twist at the end once it looks like the adventure is over, and also contains good continuity links back to Ace's past.
All in all not a bad story at all - the location is more exotic than the norm which helps - and it all seems a bit more contempary than usual for Dr Who (not just because of the clubland setting). Recommended, but there are better Big Finish stories out there.

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