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The Sands of Life (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures)
The Sands of Life (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures)
by Nicholas Briggs
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £10.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sands of Life, 28 Feb. 2013
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The Sands of Life is a hugely entertaining release. Tom Baker is on top form in a script that gives him some good dialogue, getting the balance of humour and drama about right. He is well supported by Mary Tamm in a story that makes use of her Time Lady status, and by a terrific performance from David Warner as the head of a powerful business empire. There is a clear premise, and it is explored well, with the future Earth being shown as a global state that uses the wealth of David Warner's businesses to bank-roll its actions, good and bad. Sound effects and music help to create a story that I could clearly and easily visualise throughout, helping to make this one of the strongest Tom Baker stories from Big Finish. It has two small flaws; one is a sudden and jarring reference to badger culling that is so much out of place (seeming to be lifted from the news of 2013 and dropped into the middle of an adventure set in another era) and the portrayal of the global government military in a stereotype of 'shoot first' thinking complete with American accent. I would have enjoyed this a little more had the military been written in a rather more intelligent way, defending the Earth in the best way they can, even if very misguided. This is the first of several linked releases, and the end of the story is a cliff-hanger. It isn't perfect, but it is fun; I will certainly be listening to this one again. Worth buying; and at the same time, maybe treat yourself to 'Robophobia' or 'The Silver Turk'. All in all a good day at the office for Big Finish.
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Gallifrey: No. 5 (Dr Who Big Finish)
Gallifrey: No. 5 (Dr Who Big Finish)
by James Peaty
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £25.00

4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Gallifreyan Groundhog Day, 27 Feb. 2013
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The first three series of Gallifrey provided some complex political thrillers, great performances, and strong ideas. Series 4 proved to be a big let down, as the plot thread 'cliffhangers' at the end of the series 3 were brushed aside, and the stories moved on to a series of alternative versions of Gallifrey. The performances were good, but the series was a great disappointment. Series 5 was, according to the makers, Big Finish, going to feature the 'real' Gallifrey,and get the series back on track. Sadly, this is not the case. The three dull stories are set again on an alternative Gallifrey, despite assurances from Big Finish. The first CD seems to be a very feeble attempt to duplicate parts of the earlier series, with a wicked female villain looking to secure power, but this pointless tale carries nothing of the drama provided by earlier series with Lynda Bellingham. CD 2 seems to be 60 minutes in search of material to fill its running length, while the last CD is a week political thriller which seeks to out-dull the other discs and boasts the most silly of pantomime villains, is this a series for intelligent adults or not? Based on this disc, the answer is regretfully a resounding 'no'. All that made the first three series so good is here re-presented in a kind of pale imitation, a ghastly 'Groundhog Day' that provides little to enjoy. The scripts do not have anything to offer, the plots don't excite, and of course it is all set on another alternative Gallifrey. I feel badly let down by both the publicity for this release, and its content. Last year Big Finish produced the splendid Dark Eyes set; past successes have included Dalek Empire, Davros, and two sets of Sarah Jane adventures. Gallifrey, across its first three series, was a joy to hear. Series 5 of Gallifrey is not a return to form, and is best avoided.


Emma [DVD] [1972] (2-Disc) (TV Mini-Series)
Emma [DVD] [1972] (2-Disc) (TV Mini-Series)
Dvd ~ Doran Godwin
Offered by Bee-Entertained
Price: £4.18

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A First Rate Classic, 24 Jan. 2013
A superb BBC version of the classic novel, this has all the quality one would expect from the 'old' BBC. The sets and costumes are superb, as is the music. Although all the performances are very good, what really sets this version above some others is the wonderful portrayal of Emma by Doran Godwin. Her performance throughout the six episodes (each about 45 minutes) captures the enthusiasm, sense of fun and vulnerability of Emma. I really hadn't expected to find, when I purchased this version, that Doran's first rate portrayal would make her by the far the best Emma I have seen.


Dreaming of Dolphins
Dreaming of Dolphins
by Claire Nicole Long
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Dreaming of Dolphins, 18 Jan. 2013
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Dreaming of Dolphins is the tale of a young girl who finds herself staying in an unfamiliar place, with someone she doesn't know. A book that seems to have been written with the intention that parents would enjoy reading it to their young children, Dreaming of Dolphins mixes a great deal of realism via the background it gives to each character with the magical and impossible world that Sophie finds in the sea near her Aunt's home. Thus the book is about ordinary people in an extraordinary situation, and this important realism helps as we read more of what happens to Sophie. There are some nice twists, including a mysterious locked door, and it is clear that the writer has given her ideas a great deal of thought. My only criticism would be that for Sophie, and us, the adventure ends too quickly. Thankfully, the book leaves plenty of room for further adventures. It's an ideal book for children up to about nine, or anyone over that age with a great deal of imagination. I hope I come into the second category, as I very much enjoyed the book.


Doctor Who And The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
Doctor Who And The Talons Of Weng-Chiang
by Terrance Dicks
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £13.25

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Book But A Great Reading., 3 Jan. 2013
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The book may be, at best, a reasonable version of the original episodes, but Christopher Benjamin does a great job as reader, bringing energy and emotion. He creates a splendid Mr. Sin, and his reading makes for a very enjoyable four hours. The music and sound effects work very well, and this reading will be a great companion to the excellent Jago and Litefoot audio releases from Big Finish.


Dark Eyes (Doctor Who)
Dark Eyes (Doctor Who)
by Nicholas Briggs
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £40.00

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A First Rate Adventure, 3 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Dark Eyes (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This set of discs is Doctor Who at its best, well written and directed, a well performed and well thought out new companion, Paul McGann's Doctor as good as ever, some delightfully wicked Time-Lords, very good guest performances, in particular from Peter Egan, and very good music. It all works, it all works very well. This set is Big Finish on top form.
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UNIT: Dominion (Doctor Who)
UNIT: Dominion (Doctor Who)
by Jason Arnopp
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £40.00

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing Release, 3 Jan. 2013
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This set is one story presented over four discs, and this is one of its key problems, because it doesn't have enough material for anything longer than the more usual two disc releases, so it does tend to pad out the episodes, usually trying to cover this by giving Sylvester McCoy the pointless scenes; good as he is, the whole thing still runs far too long. There is some risible dialogue; when I reached dreadful lines that announce that the 'monster is mental' I started to wish I hadn't started listening at all. The term 'mental' is as stupid as it is insulting to people with mental health issues, and this term is often used along with the 'oh my god' so much the sign of dire writing. The audio is badly hampered by the over performed and over written character defined on the box as 'the other Doctor' although the clumsy writing soon makes evident who this character must be, and what performance in the new television version of the series has probably influenced this over the top portrayal. Things do improve in the last disc, with a few good lines and Sylvester finally at the centre of the plot, but even with some better scenes by the end it was far from a good day at the office for Big Finish. Sylvester is great, and Tracey Childs is fine with the material she is given, but with very strong releases this year with the Dark Eyes and Jago and Litefoot box sets, this set is best described by one word: disappointing.


Love and War (Doctor Who)
Love and War (Doctor Who)
by Jacqueline Rayner
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £14.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Long Wait, 3 Jan. 2013
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It has been an impossibly long time since the novel of Love and War was released, and this full cast audio drama captures much of the atmosphere of the book. Sylvester McCoy is superb, and despite the writing of Ace being at times somewhat out of character Sophie Aldred brings a great emotional credibility to the whole project. For fans of the New Adventure books, or who enjoy hearing Sylvester McCoy on top form, this is an audio treat.
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Doctor Who and the Visitation
Doctor Who and the Visitation
by Eric Saward
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £13.25

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A surprising delight, 3 Jan. 2013
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The Visitation is by no means the strongest of the Target novels, but it does have one of the most enjoyable, well performed readings in the series of talking book versions of Doctor Who. Matthew. For anyone who, like me, was unsure what a Matthew Waterhouse reading would be like, it's first rate. Share the surprise, treat yourself to a copy.


The Shadow Heart (Doctor Who)
The Shadow Heart (Doctor Who)
by Jonathan Morris
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality Audio Drama, 25 Dec. 2012
The third in a sequence of three, although each can easily be enjoyed alone, this audio adventure is entertaining, well performed, and well written. Best of all, Sylvester McCoy is on top form once again, and all of the performances are strong, in particular James Wilby. It's a delight, and one that can be enjoyed even more by listening to Colin Baker in The Archeron Pulse too. An audio just too good to miss.
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