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Crime of the Century (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) by Cartmel, Andrew (2011)
Crime of the Century (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) by Cartmel, Andrew (2011)

2.0 out of 5 stars Crime Of The century – Oh no! Bummer! Bummer, man!, 16 Jan. 2015
Released in 2011, this is the fourth release in the second season of Lost Stories from Big Finish. It is the second of four full cast audio adventures for the Seventh Doctor and Ace, and finally give us the scripts that were planned for the season following ‘Survival’. The adventure is 4 episodes of half an hour each, on two discs. The end of each disc has some interviews with cast and crew.

On the strength of the episodes that I have listened to, it seems a mercy that the classic series finished on the high that it did, if these stories had been made and transmitted I think that the show’s demise would have inevitable and it would have left on a very sour note.

This adventure has a very strong opening scene, new companion Raine meeting the Doctor in some very unusual circumstances, but then totally fails to build on it. There are some hangovers from the previous adventure (Thin Ice), including Raine herself. Unfortunately Ace is still hanging around, and while I like the character I felt that she had no place in this particular story. Many of her scenes would have worked a lot better with Raine instead, and her presence felt forced into the script and often unwelcome. The scrip itself is incredibly lacklustre, after the one good opening idea it just tails off completely. The alien threat are awful, and the idea to make them sound like whingy surfer dudes is just an abomination that I hope never gets repeated.

The plot makes little or no sense, certain characters just do not work, the aliens are terrible and there does not appear to be an actual crime of the century as per the title. Apart from Raine, who could be an excellent character if not shackled by Ace, this is a bit of a turkey. 2 stars.


Crime of the Century (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories)
Crime of the Century (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories)
by Andrew Cartmel
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £14.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Crime Of The century – Oh no! Bummer! Bummer, man!, 16 Jan. 2015
Released in 2011, this is the fourth release in the second season of Lost Stories from Big Finish. It is the second of four full cast audio adventures for the Seventh Doctor and Ace, and finally give us the scripts that were planned for the season following ‘Survival’. The adventure is 4 episodes of half an hour each, on two discs. The end of each disc has some interviews with cast and crew.

On the strength of the episodes that I have listened to, it seems a mercy that the classic series finished on the high that it did, if these stories had been made and transmitted I think that the show’s demise would have inevitable and it would have left on a very sour note.

This adventure has a very strong opening scene, new companion Raine meeting the Doctor in some very unusual circumstances, but then totally fails to build on it. There are some hangovers from the previous adventure (Thin Ice), including Raine herself. Unfortunately Ace is still hanging around, and while I like the character I felt that she had no place in this particular story. Many of her scenes would have worked a lot better with Raine instead, and her presence felt forced into the script and often unwelcome. The scrip itself is incredibly lacklustre, after the one good opening idea it just tails off completely. The alien threat are awful, and the idea to make them sound like whingy surfer dudes is just an abomination that I hope never gets repeated.

The plot makes little or no sense, certain characters just do not work, the aliens are terrible and there does not appear to be an actual crime of the century as per the title. Apart from Raine, who could be an excellent character if not shackled by Ace, this is a bit of a turkey. 2 stars.


Thin Ice (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) by Platt, Marc (2011) Audio CD
Thin Ice (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) by Platt, Marc (2011) Audio CD

2.0 out of 5 stars Thin Ice – A bit of a frozen Turkey, 16 Jan. 2015
Released in 2011, this is the third release in the second season of Lost Stories from Big Finish. It kick starts a series of full cast audio adventures for the Seventh Doctor and Ace, and finally give us the scripts that were planned for the season following ‘Survival’. The adventure is 4 episodes of half an hour each, on two discs. The end of each disc has some interviews with cast and crew.

On the strength of the episodes that I have listened to, it seems a mercy that the classic series finished on the high that it did, if these stories had been made and transmitted I think that the show’s demise would have inevitable and it would have left on a very sour note.

In this weak opening story we find Seven and Ace in Moscow, 1967. What follows is a pretty standard seeming run around chasing after some alien artefacts that shouldn’t be on Earth. Intertwined with this is a plot strand in which the Doctor is trying to get Ace enrolled at University. But not just any University. And Ace doesn’t know about it. The story also features the origin story of Raine Creevy, who would have been the Doctor’s new companion if the TV series had been green lit.

The thrust of the story is that Ace is being tested, though she doesn’t know it. As a result she has to face a lot of situations without the Doctor’s help, though he just can’t stop himself from interfering. This could have led to some great scenes, for example Warrior Ace dealing with the honour bound Ice Warriors, but opportunities are never seized, the cast are all a bit too melodramatic and the entire production is very flat. There is no feeling of pacing to the script, and it mistreats the classic Ice Warriors dreadfully. Time after time it builds expectations then totally fails to meet them. It’s a bit of a flop in my eyes, 2 stars in total.


Thin Ice (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) by Platt, Marc (2011)
Thin Ice (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) by Platt, Marc (2011)

2.0 out of 5 stars Thin Ice – A bit of a frozen Turkey, 16 Jan. 2015
Released in 2011, this is the third release in the second season of Lost Stories from Big Finish. It kick starts a series of full cast audio adventures for the Seventh Doctor and Ace, and finally give us the scripts that were planned for the season following ‘Survival’. The adventure is 4 episodes of half an hour each, on two discs. The end of each disc has some interviews with cast and crew.

On the strength of the episodes that I have listened to, it seems a mercy that the classic series finished on the high that it did, if these stories had been made and transmitted I think that the show’s demise would have inevitable and it would have left on a very sour note.

In this weak opening story we find Seven and Ace in Moscow, 1967. What follows is a pretty standard seeming run around chasing after some alien artefacts that shouldn’t be on Earth. Intertwined with this is a plot strand in which the Doctor is trying to get Ace enrolled at University. But not just any University. And Ace doesn’t know about it. The story also features the origin story of Raine Creevy, who would have been the Doctor’s new companion if the TV series had been green lit.

The thrust of the story is that Ace is being tested, though she doesn’t know it. As a result she has to face a lot of situations without the Doctor’s help, though he just can’t stop himself from interfering. This could have led to some great scenes, for example Warrior Ace dealing with the honour bound Ice Warriors, but opportunities are never seized, the cast are all a bit too melodramatic and the entire production is very flat. There is no feeling of pacing to the script, and it mistreats the classic Ice Warriors dreadfully. Time after time it builds expectations then totally fails to meet them. It’s a bit of a flop in my eyes, 2 stars in total.


Thin Ice (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories)
Thin Ice (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories)
by Marc Platt
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £14.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Thin Ice – A bit of a frozen Turkey, 16 Jan. 2015
Released in 2011, this is the third release in the second season of Lost Stories from Big Finish. It kick starts a series of full cast audio adventures for the Seventh Doctor and Ace, and finally give us the scripts that were planned for the season following ‘Survival’. The adventure is 4 episodes of half an hour each, on two discs. The end of each disc has some interviews with cast and crew.

On the strength of the episodes that I have listened to, it seems a mercy that the classic series finished on the high that it did, if these stories had been made and transmitted I think that the show’s demise would have inevitable and it would have left on a very sour note.

In this weak opening story we find Seven and Ace in Moscow, 1967. What follows is a pretty standard seeming run around chasing after some alien artefacts that shouldn’t be on Earth. Intertwined with this is a plot strand in which the Doctor is trying to get Ace enrolled at University. But not just any University. And Ace doesn’t know about it. The story also features the origin story of Raine Creevy, who would have been the Doctor’s new companion if the TV series had been green lit.

The thrust of the story is that Ace is being tested, though she doesn’t know it. As a result she has to face a lot of situations without the Doctor’s help, though he just can’t stop himself from interfering. This could have led to some great scenes, for example Warrior Ace dealing with the honour bound Ice Warriors, but opportunities are never seized, the cast are all a bit too melodramatic and the entire production is very flat. There is no feeling of pacing to the script, and it mistreats the classic Ice Warriors dreadfully. Time after time it builds expectations then totally fails to meet them. It’s a bit of a flop in my eyes, 2 stars in total.


Motorola Focus 66 Wi-Fi HD Audio and Video Home Monitoring Camera - White
Motorola Focus 66 Wi-Fi HD Audio and Video Home Monitoring Camera - White
Offered by Warecasa UK
Price: £56.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Motorola Focus 66 Wi-Fi HD Audio and Video Home Monitoring Camera – good picture, easy to set up, 27 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a simple and easy to use device that allows you to keep an eye on what's going on in the house. It hooks into the wi-fi to transmit to your computer, and is a doddle to set up, even for a computer novice such as myself. You can use the computer to control it. We sleep on th third floor of the house, and it allows me to investigate those odd noises in the night (usually the cat) from the ground floor without having to leave the comfort of my bed. Brilliant! 5 stars.


Verbatim 52608 GU10 5 Watt Light Bulb
Verbatim 52608 GU10 5 Watt Light Bulb
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verbatim 52608 GU10 5 Watt Light Bulb – good bright bulb., 27 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Not a lot to say here really. The bulb was easy to fit into a standrd GU10 fitting, and gives a good bright light. I cannot yet comment on longevity other than to say it is more than 10 hours! 5 stars, it does just what it needs to.


GPO Jam 3-Speed Stand Alone Vinyl Turntable with Built-In Speakers - Union Jack
GPO Jam 3-Speed Stand Alone Vinyl Turntable with Built-In Speakers - Union Jack
Price: £79.94

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GPO Jam 3-Speed Stand Alone Vinyl Turntable with Built-In Speakers - Union Jack – Great deck with a funky style, 27 Dec. 2014
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The deck was obtained for my father in law, who uses it at his local pub. The following are his words regarding the deck.

“I was very pleased with the performance of the record deck. I first used it at our Christmas Vinyl Night at our local pub "The Sun Inn" Pickering. We normally meet once a month just to play and appreciate music on vinyl. The deck was hooked up to an amplifier and played through the pub's speaker system. It was easy to use and the sound was great; giving that rich warm sound that, in my opinion, can only be achieved on vinyl. A great first performance from the deck which will feature at the pub again when we meet for our next vinyl night in January.”

For my part I have to say that the deck looked pretty funky, with a cool union jack styling. I played a few vinyls through the in built speakers an found it to be easy to use, and with a good clear sound. It is an excellent player, 5 stars.


Yale Locks P1109 Replacement Rim Cylinder 6 Keys Polished Brass
Yale Locks P1109 Replacement Rim Cylinder 6 Keys Polished Brass
Price: £12.82

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yale cylinder lock with 6 keys – easy to fit, works well., 26 Nov. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Having just moved into a new house, we found that the old cylinder lock was very worn and that we were having troubles getting in! The old lock was fitted circa 1950 and was not a Yale. I was a little worried that this would not fit, but it did perfectly, I didn’t even have to cut the tailbar. It took me about 10 minutes and one screwdriver to change, and I am not a particularly experienced DIYer. And as an added bonus we now have 6 keys, it was probably as cheap to buy this and change the lock as it would have been to get 5 new keys cut!

In all an excellent product, 5 stars.


Bike Bicycle Velcro Leg Bind Belt Reflective Safety Trousers Pants Band Strap
Bike Bicycle Velcro Leg Bind Belt Reflective Safety Trousers Pants Band Strap
Offered by LTZmart
Price: £1.13

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Velcro bike trouser clip – brilliant!, 26 Nov. 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
These are excellent. About an inch wide, you get an elasticated strip with a Velcro fastening and a reflective patch. The strip is more than long enough to go around my fat legs and keep my trousers from fouling the chain of the bike, and the fastening is pretty strong. You only get one per pack, but I only need one so that’s no problem. In all 5 stars.


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