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4.0 out of 5 stars Gateway, 12 Aug 2013
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Final Phase (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Seventh and final release in the second season of Doctor Who audio stories from Big Finish which feature Tom Baker as the Doctor. In this run, joined by Mary Tamm as Romana and John Leeson as K9.

This is the second half of a two part story that began with The Dalek Contract (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures), and it continues right on from where that one left off. Since this story also picks up on plot threads from earlier in this run it isn't something that casual listeners will be able to get into without having heard what comes before.

This release has two episodes on a single cd. Both episodes run just over thirty minutes each [approx].

Part one sees the Doctor and those who oppose the Daleks taking the fight to them, whilst Romana and K9 are with Cuthbert. And the latter's plans slowly become apparent.

It does take a slight while to get going, as after some initial action things then have to steadily develop, but as ever with these the spot on re-creation of the style of the era is a nostalgic delight, and the lead performers really are splendid to listen to.

Come part two things do finally kick off big time, with battles against hordes of Daleks, explosions, epic Dalek schemes, aand everything you would expect from a season finale. Such as characters having epiphanies and a superb verbal confrontation between the Doctor and his arch enemies.

Cutherbert doesn't get to do quite as much as you might expect, and his final fate in the story is a bit surprising. Whether or not it leaves the door open for him to return, since there are loose ends, remains to be seen.

The final scene promises more adventures for this particular TARDIS crew. So it's a shame that they can't ever happen.

However the Fourth Doctor will return for another season of adventures with Leela, which will be out next year. A trailer for the first of them can be heard on the track after the end of part two.

Just under eleven minutes of interviews with cast and crew follow on the final track of the disc.

Not quite a five star release, but a good one that does manage to justify it's length, and is a decent listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Conclusion To Series 2 Fourth Doctor Audio Adventures, 13 Jun 2014
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Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Final Phase (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
The Final Phase.
Doctor: Fourth Doctor.
Companion(s): Romana, K9.
Main enemy: Daleks, Dalek Supreme, Cuthbert.
Main setting: Fortune II in the Proxima System, Proxima Major.
Writer: Nicholas Briggs.
1xCD.
Episodes 3 & 4 to be heard together with The Dalek Contract.
Running time 60 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)Halka refers to the Doctor as a "simpleton."
2)Cuthbert refers to President Sheridan Moorkurk as a "sanctimonious bitch."
3)K9 is equipped with a stealth mode.
4)Cuthbert describes the Daleks as "squawking, mobile, metal, robotic things good at impressing people."
5)Cuthbert refers to Romana and K9 as "the harpy and the metal mutt."
6)Although the Doctor tells Romana that he can return her to Gallifrey, she elects to continue travelling in the TARDIS.
7)Cuthbert's experiments with the Quantum Gateway caused Proxima Major to be shifted out of its orbit.
8)After the destruction of the Quantum Gateway, Proxima Major begins to slowly shift back into its original orbit.
9)This story contains Mary Tamm's final performance as Romana before her death on 24 July 2012.
10)Cuthbert tells the Dalek Supreme of his previous encounter with the Doctor on Earth. (Audio: The Sands of Life / War Against the Laan).
11)Romana tells Mr Dorrick that she was assigned to the Doctor. (TV: The Ribos Operation).

Plot Synopsis.
Cuthbert's plan for the Proxima System is slowly reaching its final phase.

The Fourth Doctor and Romana have been separated, The Doctor is aiding the Proximan fight-back while Romana and K-9 are prisoners of the Daleks.

With the countdown to the opening of the Quantum Gateway begins, the Daleks reveal their true intentions can the Doctor save the inhabitants of Proxima System in time or will the Daleks succeed in there sinster masterplan & destroy there greatest nemesis once & for all?

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a excellent conclusion to The Dalek Contract that features a superb eccentric performance by Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor who gives this story his all & questions the Daleks of there motives that has a echo of a similar exchange between the Doctor & Davros in the Fourth Doctor tv story Genesis Of The Daleks.

This was sadly Mary Tamms final performance as the actress later succumbed to cancer but in her final portrayal of her most iconic character Mary Tamm delivers a witty charming performance as it's been great to hear Tamm reprise the role of Romana for this second series of Fourth Doctor audio adventures.

Writer Nicholas Briggs who also voices the Daleks in this play & on the tv series has delivered a great conclusion to the The Dalek Contract as the Doctor aids the inhabitants of the Proxima System whom oppose the Daleks to take the fight to them, whilst Romana & K-9 are with Cuthbert who's grand masterplan soon becomes apparent.

The final battle is well written & performed by Tom Baker especially the interplay between between the Doctor & the Daleks while the action switches back & forth between the survivors fighting back against the Daleks in a huge climax of gunfire & explosions.

Cutherbert doesn't have much to do towards the climax of this story, with a question mark hanging over the characters fate as this leaves the door open for Cuthberts return remains to be seen, personally I'd love the character to return as David Warner has delivered such brilliant performances in this story & his previous Foirth Doctor stories, War Against The Laan/The Sands Of Time.

This is a excellent Dalek audio adventure with great performances by the cast, a intriguing tension paced story by writer Nicholas Brigg & high production values from Big Finish who deliver great storys of classic Doctors time & time again.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars BIG FINISH always quality, 21 Dec 2013
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The disc was sent promptly and in great condition, the story is also good quality, great to hear Tom and Mary at their best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good story, 15 Oct 2013
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Good story for the Tom Baker fans. Bought for a Doctor Who fan as a gift and they liked it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exterminate!!!, 23 Sep 2013
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Whoooooosh!!!

It's Back to The 70's again as We travel in The Tardis with The Greatest Doctor of Them All!

Who or whom I hear you cry?

Why Tom Baker of course!

The One and Only!

This time he's aided by his beautiful assistant and fellow Time Lord or Lady if you prefer Romana Played by The Late & Great Mary Tamm.

The Doctor's doing what he does best, Battling the evil Daleks in story which for once doesn't include Davros and even better for his absence!

A Great story with Wit, Peril and Gravity from Nick Briggs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 8 July 2014
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