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The Five Companions (Big Finish) Doctor Who
The Five Companions (Big Finish) Doctor Who
by Eddie Robson
Edition: Audio CD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Adventure Of Joy & Nostalgia, 27 Feb. 2015
Doctor Who: The Five Companions (Audio).
Doctor: Fifth Doctor
Companion(s): Ian, Steven, Sara, Polly, Nyssa
Main enemy: Daleks, Sontarans
Main setting: An alternative Death Zone, Gallifrey
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Eddie Robson
Release number: X
1xCD
Running Time 70 Minutes

CD Extras.
Behind The Scenes Interviews

Cast.
The Doctor - Peter Davison
Ian Chesterton - William Russell
Steven Taylor - Peter Purves
Sara Kingdom - Jean Marsh
Polly Wright - Anneke Wills
Nyssa - Sarah Sutton
The Daleks - Nicholas Briggs
The Sontarans - Dan Starkey

Trivia.
1)This is a special release given away to Big Finish subscribers who have (AUDIO: Army of Death) as part of their subscription.
2)This marks the first time that Peter Purves & Anneke Wills have reprised their roles as Steven Taylor & Polly Wright respectively for Big Finish outside of the Companion Chronicles range.
3)This is the first time that William Russell has reprised his role as Ian Chesterton in a full cast Big Finish audio drama.
4)A Tyrannosaurus rex is transported to the alternative Death Zone, where it kills several Daleks before it is exterminated.

What's Up Doc?
Inside a cluster of fused-together derelict spaceships, four of the Doctor's oldest friends - & one of his newest ones - are lost & confused. They don't know how they got there or what they're meant to be doing - but as the place is infested with Daleks, Sontarans & dinosaurs, their first priority is staying alive.

To their collective relief, the Fifth Doctor turns up & has a reasonable idea of what's going on, If the six of them work together, they can escape this place & get home. But, unexpectedly, others may be working together to ensure they all die here...

Timelord Thoughts.
'The Five Companions is a excellent enjoyable audio drama written with great humour & a tightly paced storyline that flows effortlessly for it's 70 minutes running time & brings together the Fifth Doctor (a superb performance by Peter Davison) & several of his companions old & new for the first time as each companion has there moment with the Doctor & contributes to their current dilemma .

Unlike 'The Four Doctors' this Subscribers Special works because writer Eddie Robson focuses on great character drama & interactions which requires the Doctor, Ian, Steven, Sara, Polly & Nyssa to work together to escape there current predicament it's this unity that makes the story so worthwhile & theres some superb moments of nostalgia to pick upon for the hard core fan's like myself.

Adding fun to the mix are the Sontarans & the Daleks, all of which are played by the ever excellent Dan Starkey & Nicholas Briggs, Starkey gives each Sontaran there own unique personality & also plays the Sontaran - Strax in the current tv series & has featured as the potato headed brutes in several other Big Finish audios, while Briggs uses the ole ring modulator to sinister ranting effect as the voice of the Daleks who for the first time team up with the Sontarans which works well as somehow this intergalactic duo become a menacing, dangerous & very entertaining double act.

The only downside to this release is it's another Subscribers Special release which is available when you take out a Big Finish subscription which makes this CD a very difficult to purchase on Amazon unless sold by a private seller who may charge a high retail asking price.

Overall, 'The Five Companions' is a excellent 70 minute Doctor Who audio adventure that features great performances by the cast as each actor repises there role with passion & enthusiasm, Robsons script is brimming with great moments of nostalgia combined with some tense & terrifying moments & delivers a Fifth Doctor adventure of pure joy that's well worth a listen.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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The Four Doctors (Big Finish) Doctor Wo
The Four Doctors (Big Finish) Doctor Wo
by Peter Anghelides
Edition: Audio CD

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Four Doctors But Little Point!, 27 Feb. 2015
Doctor Who: The Four Doctors (Audio).
Doctors: Fifth Doctor, Sixth Doctor, Seventh Doctor, Eighth Doctor
Main enemy: The Daleks
Main setting: The Vault of Stellar Curios, London, 1854, Pejorica, Sovavevanti
Publisher: Big Finish
Writer: Peter Anghelides
Release number: IX
1xCD
Running Time: 70 Minutes

CD Extras.
Behind The Scenes Interviews

Cast.
The Doctor - Peter Davison
The Doctor - Colin Baker
The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
The Doctor - Paul McGann
Professor Kalinda / Lady Cowen - Ellie Burrow
Colonel Ulrik / Whitmore - David Bamber
Professor Michael Faraday / Magran - Nigel Lambert
Roboman / Jariden device - Alex Mallinson
Voice of the Daleks - Nicholas Briggs

Trivia.
1)This is a special release given away to Big Finish subscribers who had (AUDIO: The Demons of Red Lodge & Other Stories) as part of their subscription.
2)This is the first performed multi-Doctor story to feature the Daleks, excluding their brief appearance in (TV: The Five Doctors).
3)Along with (AUDIO: Zagreus and AUDIO: The Light at the End), this is one of only three Big Finish audio dramas in which Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy & Paul McGann all appear, Tom Baker appeared with them in The Light at the End while, Peter Davison, Colin Baker & Sylvester McCoy all appeared in (AUDIO: The Sirens of Time), Colin Baker & Sylvester McCoy also appear in (AUDIO: Project: Lazarus), (AUDIO: The Wormery) & (AUDIO: Thicker than Water) together while both Sylvester McCoy & Paul McGann appear in (AUDIO: Klein's Story) although not in any scenes together.

What's Up Doc?
The fifth incarnation of the Doctor has been allowed access to the Vault of Stellar Curios, where the biomechanoid Jariden are at least prepared to consider his warnings about dangerous temporal leakage.

Suddenly, out of nowhere, the Daleks attack, unleashing a temporal maelstrom that will not only threaten the Jariden race, but will have dire consequences for the history of the Doctor himself.

Timelord Thoughts.
'The Four Doctors is something of a mixed bag & not by know means classic Big Finish as this Special Subscribers release written by Peter Anghelides feels rushed, the plot sees Doctors Five-Eight battle there deadliest enemys the Daleks once again but the end result doesn't give away a satisfying pay off which is a pity as theres some great moments to be enjoyed here.

The performances are all equally entertaining & each Doctor barring the Seventh who is vastly underused here are given there 15 minutes in the spotlight especially the Sixth Doctor but the downside is the adventure just lacks any dramatic impact & I never felt that sense of danger that Dalek storys usually do so well, the conclusion is nothing special either & is quickly resolved to include a tagged on final scene were the Doctors all meet each other for the briefest of moments but ends up going nowhere & is just more filler.

Nicholas Briggs is as menacing as ever as the voice of the Daleks but the script could've done with polishing or better still been made into a four parter that would've allowed the story to be fleshed out more which may have added a bit more dramatic tension & suspense & interaction with the Doctors.

'The Four Doctors' is also a Subscribers Special release which is available when you subscribe to a Big Finish subscription which makes this CD a very difficult to purchase on Amazon unless sold by a private seller who may charge a high retail asking price.

Big Finish are generally opposed to doing multi-Doctor stories so I was excited to hear this audio adventure but sadly despite a few amusing Doctor moments 'The Four Doctors' is quite & missed opportunity to have done something quite special.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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Doctor Who: Witch Hunters: The History Collection
Doctor Who: Witch Hunters: The History Collection
by Steve Lyons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Salem Witch Trials Await The Doctor & Co, 25 Feb. 2015
Doctor Who: Witch Hunters (The History Collection).

Product Info.
288 Pages, Paperback
Author: Steve Lyons

What's Up Doc?
With the Doctor wanting to repair the TARDIS in peace & quiet, Barbara, Ian & Susan decide to get some experience of living in the nearby village of Salem. But the Doctor knows about the horrors destined to engulf the village & determines that they should leave.

His friends are not impressed. His granddaughter Susan has her own ideas & is desperate to return, whatever the cost. But perhaps the Doctor was right. Perhaps Susan's actions will lead them all into terrible danger & cause the tragedy that is already unfolding to escalate out of control.

Timelord Thoughts.
'The Witch Hunters' is reissued from it's original 1998 release as part of this latest range of historical novels & a powerfully written historical novel by writer Steve Lyons that is quite a dark toned story for the First Doctor & his companions.

Lyons story features some terrifying moments that tests the metal of this TARDIS crews fight for survival pushing them to there limits as their arrival in Salem Village, Massachusetts, 1692 sees Susan become friendly with the young girls of Salem village & succumbs to the girls religious attitudes of witch craft & in turn puts the lives of her grandfather, Ian & Barbara in jeopardy.

This novel deals with themes of paranoia, irrationality fear & hate of how people brutally acted during the Salem Witch Trials & like the tv story 'The Aztecs' the Tardis crew soon begin to have differing opinions to deal with there lastest dilemma with some finding the temptation to change history the only option, something which the Doctor once again expressly forbids.

Author Steve Lyons grasps the characterization of the First Doctor, Susan, Ian & Barbara to perfection writing dialogue true to their characters & has created believable supporting characters along with a historical accurate & dramatic setting & who doesn't dumb down on the novels harsh subject matter & in turn has written a tense, exciting & at times shocking adventure that had me gripped from beginning to end as Lyons captures the true spirit of the William Hartnell era of Doctor Who & the end results reflects the storys quality in this novel which I would highly recommend to Doctor Who fan's.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Doctor Who: Human Nature: The History Collection
Doctor Who: Human Nature: The History Collection
by Paul Cornell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Is John Smith?, 25 Feb. 2015
Doctor Who: Human Nature (The History Collection).

Product Info.
288 Pages, Paperback
Author: Paul Cornell

What's Up Doc?
Hulton College in Norfolk is a school dedicated to producing military officers. With the First World War about to start, the boys of the school will soon be on the front line. But no one expects a war - not even Dr John Smith, the college's new house master...

The Doctor's friend Benny is enjoying her holiday in the same town. But then she meets a future version of the Doctor & things start to get dangerous very quickly. With the Doctor she knows gone, & only a suffragette & an elderly rake for company, can Benny fight off a vicious alien attack? & will Dr Smith want to or be able to save the day?

Timelord Thoughts.
This novel was the basis for the Tenth Doctor television story Human Nature / The Family of Blood starring David Tennant who gave a truly magnificent performance on Tv which was so emotional & believable it makes it difficult to imagine that originally this was written for the cunning manipulative darker Seventh Doctor in the role as human House master John Smith

'Human Nature' is a magnificent Doctor Who novel by Paul Cornell that is a strong story about morality, love, war & what it is to be human as the usual scheming, cunning & manipulative Seventh Doctor becomes human for absurd reasons & with a impending alien attack imminent it's up to his companion Professor Summerfield a companion who is written so well in this novel & not a companion love interest for the Doctor to return the Doctor as only he can save the day from The Aubertides alien attacks.

Cornells novel does feature plenty of action & science fiction but the story's main focus is a love story between the Seventh Doctor in his guise as the human Dr. John Smith & nurse Joan Redfern & makes there relationship completely believable & heartfelt that builds up to a tense & emotional conclusion as John Smith wrestles with his inner conflicted emotions to give up being human & become someone he doesn't even know.

The novel's only flaws are the Doctor reasoning to become human to simply to understand humans better is quite weak & a lot of effort for little reward & this part of the story was adapted better on Tv with a solid reason for the Tenth Doctors decision to give up being a Timelord, while the Aubertide (renamed as The Family of Blood on the tv episodes version) shape shifters are quite weak villains who are poorly characterized & lack any sense of genuine menace.

Whether you prefer the darker novelization or the superb Tenth Doctor tv two-parter 'Human Nature' is a unique Doctor Who novel that effortlessly captures the atmosphere & looming sense of doom for the young boys of Hulton College for the imminent bloodshed of World War 1 & allows Cornell to pull at the readers heartstrings & deliver a morality tale of sacrifice to lose all that you love to save the world, never has Doctor Who been written so emotional & dramatic & is a must read novel for any fan.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Doctor Who: The Roundheads: The History Collection (Doctor Who - the History Collection)
Doctor Who: The Roundheads: The History Collection (Doctor Who - the History Collection)
by Mark Gatiss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical Shenanigans Awaits The Second Doctor !, 24 Feb. 2015
Doctor Who: The Roundheads (The History Collection).

Product Info.
320 Pages, Paperback
Author Mark Gatiss

What's Up Doc?
With the Civil War won, the Parliamentarians are struggling to hang on to power. But plans are being made to rescue the defeated King Charles from his prison…

With Ben press-ganged & put on board a mysterious ship bound for Amsterdam, Polly becomes an unwitting accomplice in the plot to rescue the King, The Doctor can’t help because he & Jamie have been arrested & are sent to the Tower of London, charged with conspiracy.

Can the Doctor & Jamie escape, find Ben & rescue Polly – while making sure that history remains on its proper course?

Timelord Thoughts.
Mark Gatiss proves his versatility as a writer as he's currently written for most if not all incarnations of the Doctor & here its the Second Doctor's turn to get in on the Gatiss bandwagon who along with companions Jamie, Polly & Ben the time travellers soon become unwittingly entangled in a historical adventure that features swordfights on sailing ships, a touch of romance & dailies with Cavaliers, Roundheads & female pirates.

The story features some great character moments for all the regulars as they are spilt up, Polly gets embroiled with the Cavaliers, Ben Jackson with sailors & the Doctor & Jamie encounter the Roundheads, the pace of the story flows quite fluently as there's no aliens, ancient mythical powers or Daleks here it's all pure historical, the novel also works on many different levels as the Doctor & his companions unintentionally alter the course of history & try desperately to put it right again, even if it means siding with forces that are not necessarily good.

A few criticisms in that the Doctor seems to have very little to do throughout this story & feels more of a supporting character instead of taking centre stage in key moments, Pollys possible romance with Whyte doesn't go anywhere & feels padded out while the subplot involving pirates adds to many characters into the mix & overcrowds the story a little as I lost track of who was who?

Overall, 'The Roundheads' gets more right than it does wrong & is a solid enjoyable Second Doctor novel that's worthy of a read & showcases writer Mark Gatiss exceptional talent as a Doctor Who writer as he continues to write excellent stories for both the classic & the new series.

A highly recommended Second Doctor novel, that will be available as a audiobook adaptation on the 16th April read by Anneke Wills.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Doctor Who: Dead of Winter: The History Collection
Doctor Who: Dead of Winter: The History Collection
by James Goss
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful First Person Who Novelization, 24 Feb. 2015
Doctor Who: Dead of Winter: (The History Collection).
Product Info.
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: BBC Books
Author: James Goss

What's Up Doc?
In Dr Bloom's clinic at a remote spot on the Italian coast, at the end of the 18th century, nothing is ever quite what it seems. Maria is a lonely little girl with no one to play with. She writes letters to her mother from the isolated resort where she is staying.

In the letter she tells of the pale English aristocrats & the mysterious Russian nobles, She tells of intrigues & secrets, & strange faceless figures that rise up from the sea, & she tells about the enigmatic Mrs Pond, who arrives with her husband & her trusted physician known as The Doctor.

What the girl doesn't tell her mother is the truth that everyone at the clinic knows & no one says – that the only people who come here do so to die.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a wonderful written Eleventh Doctor adventure by writer James Goss who writes a historical dark fairytale type story here & does a excellent job of capturing the quirky characteristics of the Eleventh Doctor & companions the feisty Amy Pond & her husband the good humoured Rory Williams with great depth.

The story is told in first person & is the perfect set up for this particular story as each chapter is from Amy, Rory, Maria, Mr. Nevil or Dr. Bloom's journals point of view as the story contains quite a few surprises & features a poignant ending as for once The Doctor reflects on the damage he caused despite saving the day & the consequences of his actions as writer James Goss paces his novel well keeping the reader hooked to the storyline, the historical setting is a great backdrop for this adventure & is quite scary in places but isn't to dark or disturbing to deter Doctor Who's younger readers.

Overall, 'Dead of Winter' is a novel written in a non linear style of storytelling, instead we see the adventure unfold through the eye's of the characters which makes for a unusual reading experience but a enjoyable one nevertheless.

Also available in CD Audiobook & Download format.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Official Xbox 360 Wired Gamepad - Black (Xbox 360)
Official Xbox 360 Wired Gamepad - Black (Xbox 360)
Offered by prif
Price: £27.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Excellent Quality Official Xbox Gamepad, 22 Feb. 2015
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Official Xbox 360 Wired Gamepad - Black.

Product Info.
Platform: Xbox 360 & PC compatible
Quantity: 1
Manufactured By: Microsoft
Features: Vibration

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a sturdy quality official licensed Microsoft high-performance Xbox games controller that connects to either your Xbox 360 or your PC that is also Windows 8.1 compatible & features a strong long 6ft cable & a break-off point to prevent accidental pulling of the wire.

The gamepad features easy to use D-pads, movement sticks & coloured control buttons & four side buttons that is perfectly configured to make gameplay easy & fun to play.

This is a great alternative to Xbox wireless controllers as the wireless battery packs don't seem to hold the charge very long after a few months use, with this gamepad just plug it in to your Xbox & play straight away with no hassle of recharging.

A highly recommended officially licensed Mircosoft product that should give Xbox & PC users years of exciting gameplay.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Doctor Who: Amorality Tale: The History Collection
Doctor Who: Amorality Tale: The History Collection
by David Bishop
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Darker Grittier Third Doctor Novel, 22 Feb. 2015
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Doctor Who: Amorality Tale (The History Collection).

Product Info.
288 Pages
Paperback Edition
Author: David Bishop

What's Up Doc?
When gangster Tommy Ramsey is released from prison, he is determined to retake control of his East End territory. But new arrivals threaten his grip on illegal activity in the area. An evangelical minister is persuading people to seek redemption for their sins. A new gang is claiming the streets & a watchmender called Smith is leading a revolt against the Ramsey Mob's protection racket.

When Tommy strikes back at his enemies, a far more terrifying threat is revealed. Within hours the city's air turns into nerve gas & thousands succumb to the choking fumes. London is dying...

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer David Bishop seems to like writing gruesome Doctor Who adventures & like his previous stories this novel deals with some very mature themes & contains several disturbing scenes, Bishops previously wrote Big Finishes Seventh Doctor's full cast drama 'Enemy Of The Daleks' & the disturbing violent Doctor who features in the Unbound Adventure - 'Full Fathom Five' will know this writer's darker style of writing & continues to deliver some very macabre storys that push the boundaries of what's acceptable for a Doctor Who audience.

'Amorality Tale is a Third Doctor & Sarah Jane Smith novel that I doubt would've never been made under Barry Letts or Terrance Dicks era as it's quite a graphic novel that contains some very violent sequences that wouldn't look out of place in 'The Krays' movie & maybe would've best suited the Sixth or Seventh Doctor's.

This novel is a bit of a slow starter but stick with it as it soon becomes a tightly paced gripping adventure with some very unexpected twists & delivers a very strong final chapter, the characters are well written as writer David Bishop grasps the man of action incarnation of the Third Doctor to perfection despite at times not being always at the centre of attention in this novel, although I thought the character of Sarah Jane Smith was criminally underused & this novel doesn't really convey this excellent companion any real justice.

The old stereotypes of London gangsters are a little too cliche but the 1950's setting works well within the storytelling by creating an environment of a dark depression post WWII, & this novel is certainly set before the women's lib movement as the women included here are treated in this novel as inferior second class citizens.

Overall, 'Amorality Tale' is a incredibly violent novel & one I'd advise parents not to let youngsters read due to it's graphic nature as this is Doctor Who fore a more mature audience as it deals,with more mature themes of violence & can be at times quite extreme in it's execution.

But despite the minor flaw of the novels slow start 'Amorality Tale' is definitely worth a read as it delivers an unique dark & gritty adventure to feature the Third Doctor & Sarah Jane that due to it's darker subject matter wouldn't have seen the light of day on tv.

Timelord Rating.
8/10


Doctor Who: The Shadow In The Glass: The History Collection
Doctor Who: The Shadow In The Glass: The History Collection
by Justin Richards
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Sixth Doctor & Brigader Novel, 22 Feb. 2015
Doctor Who: The Shadow In The Glass (The History Collection).

Product Info.
Product details
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: BBC Books
Language: English
Authors: Stephen Cole & Justin Richards

What's Up Doc?
When a squadron of RAF Hurricanes shoots down an unidentified aircraft over Turelhampton, the village is immediately evacuated. But why is the village still guarded by troops in 2001? When a television documentary crew break through the cordon looking for a story, they find they've recorded more than they'd bargained for.

Caught up in both a deadly conspiracy & a historical mystery, retired Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart calls upon his old friend the Doctor. Half-glimpsed demons watch from the shadows as the Doctor & the Brigadier travel back in time to discover the last, & deadliest, secret of the Second World War.

Timelord Thoughts.
'The Shadow In The Glass' is a crackingly good novel by authors Stephen Cole & Justin Richards who have combined there writing talents here & have delivered a fast paced exciting page turning Sixth Doctor novel now re-released as part of 'The History Collection' range.

This is a novel full of shocks & surprises that has a eerie sense of impending doom running through the novels tone which is one of claustrophobia, set in rural-English this adventure soon ventures into a epic storyline that features WW2 & a present day Russia that features wonderful characterizations of both Winston Churchill & Adolf Hitler.

Cole & Richards novel grips the reader straight away as a group of neo-nazis plan on using alien technology for there own sinister purposes & the story includes some clever plot twists that enhance the storytelling adding great drama, it's also nice to get a story featuring the Sixth Doctor & The Brigader who are faithfully characterized & adapted here, the latter even exchanges some very vocal pleasantries with the Füehrer!

Although the Sixth Doctor & The Brigader appeared together in the novel Business Unusual & the full cast audio drama 'The Spectre Of Lanyon Moor' by Big Finish that was released in 2000, this adventure sees the Brigader having met this incarnation of the Doctor before, but for the Doctor this is his first meeting of the Brigader in his Sixth incarnation & seems a little guarded as to why he's travelling solo?

This novel also contains a cruel twist ending which is so tragic which makes it all the more shocking as you never expect it to actually happen that adds dramatic impact to the story & strips away the safety net of who-by-numbers storytelling in using this gut punch ending.

Overall, The Shadow In The Glass' is a strong written novel by two excellent Doctor Who writer's who's combined talents deliver a powerful, ingenious adventure that delivers superb storytelling, great characterizations, plenty of suspense & drama & a shocker of a ending & at 320 pages long the story doesn't feel padded & is perfectly paced throughout.

If your a fan of Doctor Who then I can't recommend this novel enough, buy it now, you won't be disappointed.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Doctor Who: Dark Horizons
Doctor Who: Dark Horizons
by J.T. Colgan
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £11.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Exciting Eleventh Doctor Auidiobook, 20 Feb. 2015
Doctor Who: Dark Horizons (Audio).

Product Info.
6xCD's
Running Time 7 Hours & 18 Minutes
Author: J.T. Colgan
Read By: Neve McIntosh

What's Up Doc?
On a windswept Northern shore, at the very tip of what will one day become Scotland, the islanders believe the worst they have to fear is a Viking attack, then the burning comes, they cannot run from it, water will not stop it as it consumes everything - yet the burned still speak.

The Doctor is looking for a game on the famous Lewis chess set but instead he encounters people under attack from a power they cannot possibly understand, they have no weapons, no strategy & no protection against a fire sent to engulf them, add in some marauding Vikings with very bad timing, a kidnapped princess with a secret of her own & a TARDIS that seems to have developed an inexplicable fear of water & the Doctor has a battle on his hands.

The islanders must take on a ruthless alien force in a world without technology; without communications; without tea that isn't made out of bark, still, at least they have the Doctor on their side - don't they?

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a very enjoyable & at times quite emotional Eleventh Doctor solo adventure, this unabridged audiobook of J.T. Colgans 'Dark Horizons' is brilliantly written by the author mixes together historical Doctor Who with fantasy & uses a unique setting of the Scottish islands during the Viking Age as the Celtic islanders live in constant fear of the coming of the dragon ships & the first Viking adventure since Tv's 'The Time Meddler'.

The storyline is engaging & grabs the listeners attention straight away as the threat is a very convincing one which seems to be unstoppable & delivers some quite shocking moments giving the story a impending sense of danger throughout.

Colgan also captures the quirkiness character of the Eleventh Doctor spot-on & can easily imagine Matt Smith speaking the lines that Colgan writes for the Doctor, while the supporting characters of Corc, Braan, Brogan & Luag are given there own individuality & strongly written especially Corc who shows determination & courage trying to hold everything together as his family & townsfolk begin to fall apart.

The pace did seem to dip slighly during the middle part of this adventure but soon picks up & draws you in & captures the tone of the Tv series by capturing moments of great humour, romance, joy & despair & overall delivers a exciting action packed Doctor Who story that is read superbly by Madame Vastra actress Neve McIntosh which makes 'Dark Horizons' a highly recommended purchase.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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