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4.0 out of 5 stars The empire strikes back, 25 April 2013
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Mr. R. W. Graham (Lincoln, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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Taking place 30 years after The Burning Prince, this sees 6th Doctor Colin Baker back in the Drashini Empire for the first time in 30 years. The empire are now at war with a mysterious race of aliens called The Wrath and The Doctor has the oddest feeling that he has met them and their leader before and has to deal with the consequences of his actions when he was the 5th Doctor from the previous story. The second in an epic trilogy, this puts Colin Baker's Doctor in the spotlight. Poor old Colin Baker had a rough deal when he was The Doctor on tv given poor to average mostly stories then sacked when viewing figures went down. While not as good as part one of the trilogy this is still a very enjoyable tale taking place from the sound of it inbetween the Mindwarp and Terror Of The Vervoids segments of Trial Of A Timelord so you can imagine this as a lost story from around 1986. Slow to start but picks up after episode 2 of this 4 part story while The Wrath sound like they would have been very effective menacing bad guys if shown on tv. Once again a good supporting cast and strong performance from the underappreciated Colin Baker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Acheron Pulse – A pulsatingly good second instalment, 24 July 2014
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is the hundred and sixty sixth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as a companionless Six. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the second disc and a few minutes of the soundtrack at the end of disc 1. This is the second part of a trilogy of interlinked adventures, the first featured the Fifth Doctor, and the tird will feature the Seventh, giving us a multi Doctor story in which the various incarnations do not meet ‘on screen’, a great concept that Big Finish have toyed with in the past, but never fully committed to like this.

The story can be listened to in isolation from the other two, it stands alone reasonably well. But I would recommend getting the preceding release, ‘The Burning Prince’ as a) it will help you to get the fine detail of what is going on and b) it is a damned good release.

The story is set some 30 years after the events of ‘The Burning Prince’. Old Sixie drops into the Drashani Empire to find that it is being invaded by a mysterious all conquering force known as The Wrath. Needless to say, the catastrophe facing the Empire stems from the Doctor’s actions in the previous story, and a darkly tragic air pervades as the Doctor finds answers that he doesn’t like and tries to set things right. Having said that, this is still a piece full of action and adventure, served up with real brio by Rick Briggs, who has quickly turned into an excellent BF writer. He finds just the right voice for Sixie, and Colin Baker evidently relishes getting his teeth into the script. He never gives less than 100 % as Six, but it is noticeable how his performance always rises to great heights when faced with a really good script.

It’s fun and funny, it’s dark and moving, it’s thoughtful and reflective. It’s not often that the series, in any of its formats, has dealt with the question of the consequences of the Doctor’s actions, and when it does it is always welcome and well done. This trilogy is shaping up to be another classic entry into that particular Who genre. 5 stars for this release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is The Empire Stikes Back Of The Burning Prince Trilogy, 9 Dec 2013
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Positive.
1)Rick Briggs pulls off the unique task of writing a excellent second part follow up to The Burning Prince & leaves the story on a great cliffhanger for the final part of the trilogy The Shadow Heart.
2)Colin Baker dominates event's here as The Doctor & is very well written by Rick Briggs.
3)Engaging as it's predecessor.

Negative.
None.

Trivia.
1)Can you guess who Tenebris is yet?
2)Don't turn the cd off after the end theme music as there is another post credits teaser that set's up The Shadow Heart.

CD Info.
2 x CDS of a 4 part adventure, Running time 120 minutes,Trailer, Behind the scenes interviews,Music.

Review.
This is a excellent follow up & a great second part of The Burning Prince Trilogy as this middle part to the adventure has the essence & tone of The Empire Strikes Back to it.

The plot sees the Sixth Doctor arrive on Drashani 30 years on from when he was last here in his Fifth incarnation were the Drashani Empire that rules the planet is under attack from invaders known as The Wrath a very superior army lead by a masked cloaked figure named Tenebris who will stop at nothing on his quest for vengeance on the Drashani Empire & the event's of this war with have a huge impact & disastrous consequences on the small planet of Cawdor.

Who is Tenebris & what secrets does he possess?, What is so familiar about the Wrath army & what secret does there weapon The Acheron Pulse possess.

The Doctor confronts Tenebris seeking answers to the mystery of the Wrath army & there war with Drashani that is also overpowering other planets across the solar systems but will the Timelord like the answers to his questions & can the Doctor find a solution to stop this war that could threaten the future of another planet or could the Doctor's interfering in event's have serious repercussions on Drashanis future?.

Colin Baker has had a lot of criticism for his portrayal of the Sixth Doctor over the year's but as many fans will know that on audio his Doctor reigns supreme as Colin has modified & toned certain characteristics of his Sixth Doctor personality down resulting in a fantastic passionate & emotional Doctor that is very well suited to audio & this excellent adventure.

Rick Briggs delivers a great action packed script that is as engaging as John Dorneys The Burning Prince & like that story keeps the listener engaged & on the edge of your seats throughout as this script is full of mystery & great plot twists that even though this reviewer guessed the outcome it in no way dampened my enjoyment of this excellent adventure.

Tenebris is your tragic Darth Vader figure in this as at one time was a good man whom now is full of vengeance making his character a bitter & twisted advisory that suits this story well.

This is a excellent second part to this trilogy featuring a different Doctor in each part & a highly recommended purchase for Doctor Who fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Acheron Pulse, 1 Oct 2013
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This is the second in a loosely overarching storyline (not that it matters if you have not heard the first one, The Burning Prince with the Fifth Doctor as the story stands alone well enough). This story features the Sixth Doctor, and the third in the storyline, The Shadow Heart, features the Seventh Doctor. In all three stories the Doctor is without companions so the action is focused very much on the individual Doctors and their unique personalities.

At the end of the first story The Burning Prince the Fifth Doctor has left Sharnax believing that all who were on the planet and the ships are dead and there is nothing more he can do. In this story, the Sixth Doctor, attempting to return the royal regalia to the Drashani Empire under Empress Cheni is dragged slightly sideways in space and forward in time, so it is now thirty years after the events in the Fifth Doctor story. The Drashani are at war with a mysterious group known as the Wrath - and the impacts of that war are about to hit another planet, Cawdor, deep in the heart of the Drashani Empire. The events of The Burning Prince are about to come back to haunt the Doctor. Can he put things right and stay alive as well?

This is great stuff; the Sixth Doctor, played by Colin Baker is in fine form. He is delightfully arrogant and full of himself but gets pulled up short several times, particularly by Teesha who has a sharp tongue on her and sorts the Doctor, and Dukhin out no problem. The characters in the story are good, except I found the character of Empress Cheni slightly annoying.

It's hard to say much more without giving away plot clues, so suffice it to say that this is a worthy follow-on to The Burning Prince, the Sixth Doctor is as great as ever, and I look forward heartily to the Seventh Doctor follow-on story, The Shadow Heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 14 April 2013
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Colin Baker is fantastic - he was treated so shockingly by the BBC in the 1980's thank goodness he's back in great tales like this one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The wrath of the wrath, 4 Dec 2012
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Latest Doctor Who audio story from Big Finish. This one features Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor. Travelling without any companions.

It's the second in a trilogy that involves the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors in a long story that involves an interstellar Empire and spans years of it's life. The beginning of the trilogy was The Burning Prince (Doctor Who). Despite there being some exposition at points in this one that could bring new listeners up to speed, you are probably far better off hearing that one first.

This story runs for four episodes. And is spread over two cd's. The episodes run from thirty to thirty five minutes in length [approx].

It picks up the story of the Empire decades after the events in the previous story. A new ruler is in charge. The Empire is flourishing.

But now it's at war. They are fighting an alien race called the Wrath. Who are led by a Warlord. Little is known about either.

When the Wrath attack a relatively primitive world where the Empire has an outpost, and where the Doctor has just happened to arrive, he and various people are caught up in the middle of a battle against an individual who will stop at nothing to get vengeance. And who has some horrifying secrets...

The first part is slightly tricky to get into at the start, as it does introduce a lot of characters and various settings rather quickly. The residents of the planet and those from the Empire do contrast very nicely, though. But as this episode develops and the Doctor comes along, it suddenly becomes absolutely gripping. There's a great feel of people being caught up in the middle of a large event. You end part one desperate to know what will happen next.

The next three parts don't quite have the same pace, though. They do feel at times as if they touch on slightly familiar territory. And they could possibly do with being a few minutes shorter. There's also not a lot of action, as what happens next is nearly all dialogue and character interaction.

So whilst this may not be a pacy action drama, it is though an excellent character piece. Thanks to a truly excellent villain. Some excellent voice treatment to make certain voices sound monstrous and different - and these are far more audible than some of those in the past have been - plus a genuinely interesting development in part three that does take things in a whole new direction.

The ending of part four would appear to have brought this story to an end. But stay listening for a scene after the end credits, which sets up the final part of the trilogy very nicely and will leave you eager to find what happens in that.

Said final part is The Shadow Heart (Doctor Who). There is a trailer for it after the end of part four on disc two.

There is just under nine minutes of music from the story on the final track of disc one.

And just under nine minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the final track of disc two.

This isn't quite as memorable a story as the first part of the trilogy on first listen, but it's a rich and powerful drama that you can get a lot out. So it's well worth hearing.
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