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4.0 out of 5 stars The essence of the eminence, 22 April 2013
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Seeds of War (Dr Who Big Finish) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who audio story. Third in a trilogy of releases featuring Colin Baker as the Doctor and Bonnie Langford as his companion Mel. But this story is self contained and you don't need to have heard the previous two releases in order to get into it.

It runs for four episodes, of twenty five to thirty minutes in length [approx] and is spread across two cd's.

The story sees the Doctor and Mel finding themselves in the middle of a very difficult time for the human race. Which has just been fighting a war across star systems against a powerful and implacable alien race called the Eminence. Who seemed to be winning. But then they went away.

Humanity has to reconstruct. There are dangerous buildings to be destroyed. Destitute survivors to be fed. And lots to be rebuilt.

Separated from the TARDIS, the time travellers find themselves caught up with one particular family, who are trying to get by and do what they can. They might be able to help feed the masses.

But have the eminence really gone away?

As with the last two stories, Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford make an excellent pairing. They have some great scenes together. Mel is written as she should be - smart and strong willed rather than a screamer- and there are some good lines which remind you that she's from the 1980's.

The Eminence are an excellent creation, a truly powerful foe for the Doctor. What they are like and what they do is not something I will spoil for you, but they are a very original and very memorable idea.

The story also has the Teveler family, three people who play a major part in it. Their scenes could be soap opera in style but they are actually good strong character drama, thanks to good writing and acting.

There's some excellent music, although this does get a little intrusive at times.

It takes an episode to get used to what the story is trying to do. But then you get into it. It does paint a believable picture of the aftermath of interstellar war.

The main plot doesn't really kick in till the third episode. And it's resolution in part four is more talking than action. But there are some excellent scenes of character drama in this part that you won't forget in a hurry.

Nor will you forget the Eminence, either.

It is hinted at that the Doctor has met them before. And indeed he has. Technically. Because they will appear in a Fourth Doctor story that will be out next year. And which will essentially be a prequel to this. But you can get into this quite easily without knowing that.

A good solid drama with some excellent acting and a great new foe for the Doctor. It's not quite memorable enough to be five star material but there's a lot to like in it and it's well worth a listen.

There's just over seven minutes of music from the story on the last two tracks of disc one.

A trailer for the next release in this range on the track after the end of part four on disc two.

And roughly fourteen or so minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the two tracks after that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Seeds Of War – The Seeds Of Hope For The Human Race Will Become The Seeds Of War…, 28 July 2014
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Seeds of War (Dr Who Big Finish) (Audio CD)
This is the hundred and seventy first release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford as Six and Mel. There are four episodes, roughly 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 third of a loose trilogy of adventures following the Sixth Doctor and Mel. The previous two were excellent, and the quality is kept up here. I won’t go into the story, as that would involve spoilers. It is, however, the most ambitious of the three, with a dark tone and action that spans galaxies. The Doctor and Mel are pitted against the Eminence, a foe created by Big Finish in this release, and one that I think has great potential and should be used again.

The way in which the story is unfolded and information given to the audience is unusual, but instead of feeling gimmicky it keeps you hooked and desperate to hear the next chapter to find out what is going on. Baker, as usual, is superb. He is called upon to play the Doctor in a way that his Doctor is very rarely portrayed – with genuine fear about something. His performance hits all the right notes.

This is a great, epic, sweeping finale to this trilogy, just the way it should be. The Sixth Doctor has had a few really good trilogies recently that have made excellent use of Baker allied to a range of companions. I have to say that I generally look forward to a Sixth Doctor release a lot more than either a Fifth or Seventh these days. Well done Colin, keep up the good work! 5 stars for this cracking release and I look forward eagerly to the next 6th Doc trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Timey Wimey Sequel To A Fourth Doctor Audio Adventure Yet To Be Released, 10 Jan. 2014
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Seeds of War (Dr Who Big Finish) (Audio CD)
Positive.
1)A great intriguing chilling adventure written by Matt Fitton & Nicholas Briggs.
2)Colin Baker is outstanding in this story as the Sixth Doctor who may or may not be possessed by the Eminence, Keeping the listener on edge throughout the story.
3)David Sibley as The Eminence gives the foe a chilling menacing tone.

Negative.
None.

CD Info.
2xCD of a 4 part story,Running time 120 minutes, Trailer, Music, Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)This is a sequel to a as yet unreleased audio adventure to feature the Fourth Doctor & Leela.
2)Ray Fearon has appeared in Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone & has appeared in Eastenders as Lennie, Coronation Street as Nathan Cooper, He's also guest starred in The Bill, Death In Paradise, Band of Gold & Doctor's.
3)David Sibley appeared in 1978 Doctor Who's The Pirate Planet as Pralix.

Review.
Arriving in the Tardis outside the tower of Kalsos, The Sixth Doctor & Mel arrive near a dark & sinister tower intending to see the tower's opening but as usual they arrive in the right place but at the wrong time as the tower is about to be demolished.

There is a chilling dark presence within the tower an evil that the Doctor has fought before in a past incarnation, A presence that uses Zombies to fight for him by his sheer will.

The crops are seemingly failing on various civilizations causing famine & starvation as the Doctor investigates the core of this problem were the solution could lie on Earth while the Doctor is seemingly fighting the overwhelming possession of the Eminence that's trying to consume his soul.

Can the Doctor find a solution to what is causing the famine on these various civilizations or will the Doctor's soul submit to the empowerment of the Eminence?

Timelords Thoughts.
This is a interesting idea from Big Finish to release a sequel to a story that is yet to be released as writer's Matt Fitton & Nicholas Briggs have managed somehow to pull this story out of the bag & deliver an exellent quality script.

Colin Baker is brilliant in this story as the Sixth Doctor & leaves the listener wondering if he is or isn't possessed by the Eminence.

David Sibley gives the Eminence voice a dark & chilling tone that gives the character a genuine fear factor & makes for a worthy advisory & foil against the Doctor.

This is a great intriguing & at times chilling story that delivers top quality performances by the cast & with a brilliant script by Matt Fitton & Nicholas Briggs that delivers great drama & introduces a great new foe for the Doctor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good story, 18 Jun. 2013
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Yet another good tale from the range.
Colin Baker, Bonnie Langford and the rest of the cast were brilliant and this is a good purchase indeed.
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