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4.0 out of 5 stars Xoanon commands
A new Doctor Who audio story. Fourth in the current run of them which feature Tom Baker as the Doctor and Louise Jameson as Leela. This does though stand pretty much all on it's own and casual listeners should be able to get into easily, without having heard any of the others in this audio season.

The story is a two parter, complete on a single cd, and the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The legacy of Xoanon
Considering the title it would be easy enough to expect that this was a sequel to the ‘Face of Evil’. However, that is not really the case. Rather it looks at some of the results that arise from those events, mainly the loss of Leela’s father and her coming to terms with it, something never addressed within the television series. Not that the play...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Xoanon commands, 12 May 2014
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This review is from: The Evil One (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
A new Doctor Who audio story. Fourth in the current run of them which feature Tom Baker as the Doctor and Louise Jameson as Leela. This does though stand pretty much all on it's own and casual listeners should be able to get into easily, without having heard any of the others in this audio season.

The story is a two parter, complete on a single cd, and the episodes run twenty six and thirty minutes in length [approx.].

It starts with Leela having bad dreams about the death of her father [seen at the beginning of the tv story 'the Face of Evil']. Tom Baker very nicely underplays the resulting conversation that the two of them have about it.

Then the TARDIS lands in the hold of a luxury space cruiser. A ship on which the passengers and crew are conspicuous by their absence.

When investigating, the time travellers meet an uncompromising insurance investigator. And some very dangerous metallic mantis like aliens.

Elsewhere, an interplanetary investigator called Efendi is watching. And Leela's bad dreams are about to become real....

Feeling very much like a story that could have come from Tom Baker's fourth tv season, the atmosphere and the style of this are just so right from the off, with it once again living up to the slogan to be like Saturday teatime in 1977 all over again. The insurance investigator is played by Michael Keating. Best known as Vila in Blakes seven, he also appeared in the tv story 'the sunmakers' which came from that fourth year.

The atmosphere of horror and dangerous aliens throughout the first part is really good. Then an old enemy strikes. Doing something that works effectively on audio, and leads to a good cliffhanger.

You do feel at the start of part two that there might be enough here to make it work as a four parter, but it does manage to fit what comes next in quite effectively. Although the focus of the story rather shifts from the aliens to the Doctor and Leela and the old enemy. The aliens and the insurance investigator do rather get left behind.

But there is a real sense of threat at many points, and the way the Doctor turns the tables is truly inspired. So whilst he story does turn into a character drama about the relationships between three individuals, in that respect it has a lot of strengths. Particularly a superb final scene all about the Doctor Leela relationship, which allows for the kind of character moments that the show wasn't able to do back then.

So not quite five stars, but another strong release in what is turning out to be an excellent audio season.

There's a trailer for the next in this run on the cd track after the end of part two.

And fifteen minutes [approx.] of interviews with cast and crew on the tracks after that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The legacy of Xoanon, 10 May 2014
This review is from: The Evil One (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Considering the title it would be easy enough to expect that this was a sequel to the ‘Face of Evil’. However, that is not really the case. Rather it looks at some of the results that arise from those events, mainly the loss of Leela’s father and her coming to terms with it, something never addressed within the television series. Not that the play labours over this or gets bogged down in emotional content. The death of Leela’s father at the outset of ‘The Face of Evil’ is used within events to expose the strengths and weaknesses that this has given Leela’s character.

This is therefore another story within this latest Fourth Doctor series which further explores the character of Leela in a more in depth way than the television series ever had time for. It gives Louise Jameson the chance to play two versions of Leela, which she does superbly. As such there is less of a focus on the Doctor. Even still there is some good dialogue between the Doctor and the Master. One of the highlights of the play is the contrast between how the Doctor and the Master exert influence over Leela.

Geoffrey Beavers manages to be effortlessly sublime as the Master in an almost Roger Delgado style whilst at the same time portraying the malicious hatred towards the Doctor and the need for vengeance that the Master seems to exhibit in ‘The Deadly Assassin’. Michael Keating also gives a good performance but hasn’t really been given an extensive enough role to fully get into and develop.

The alien threat, the Salonu, sound great (another amazing alien voice created by Nicholas Briggs) but suffer from having to share their role as villains with the Master. This is also yet another story where the Master forms an uncertain alliance with a species of aliens, with both hoping to benefit over or betray the other. A lot of which has been seen numerous times. In fact the activities of the Salonu and the role of some type of galactic insurance company are generally overshadowed by what is happening between Leela, the Doctor and the Master.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is Leela The Evil One?, 21 April 2014
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CD Info.
1xcd of a 2 episode story, Running time 60 minutes approx.

Extras.
Trailer, Behind-the-scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)Michael Keating is better known as Vila in the classic sci-fi tv series Blakes 7 which Big Finish has recently started a audiobook range on.
2)This is the Doctor & Leelas second encounter with the Master at Big Finish as The Trail Of The White Worm & The Oseidon Adventure were one complete adventure.
3)Michael Keating also appeared in fourth Doctor & Leela tv story The Sun Makers.

Synopsis.
The Tardis arrives in a cargo bay on a luxury space cruiser called the Moray Rose were it seems the crew & passengers are missing.

The agent's of inter galactic insurance are determined to find out what exactly has happened as the shadowy Inspector Efendi seems to take a particular interest in these proceedings.

The Doctor finds one survivor named Calvert who he builds an uneasy alliance with as the Doctor, Leela & Calvert encounter robotic mantis like aliens the Salonau who are under the mind control of Inspector Efendi.

Yet Efendi has another agenda than just controlling the Salonau as he attempts to brainwash Leela who's recently being having terrible nightmares about her father's death as Efendi is in disguise & reveals himself to be the Doctors deadliest nemesis The Master.

With Leela under the Master's influence she set's about locating the Doctor with the intention of killing him as Leela is now under the guise of the assassin named the evil one.

Can the Doctor find a way to defeat the Salonau & somehow help his friend Leela overcome the Master's influence that he has over her?

Timelord Thoughts.
This is another great addition to the thitd series of Fourth Doctor audio adventures featuring a superb performance by Tom Baker who's rich vocal tones & eccentric performance are a joy to listen too.

Louise Jameson shines in her role as Leela here as she battles against the darkness within her own mind which has been manipulated by the Doctors nemesis the Master.

Geoffrey Beevers as the Master is genuinely creepy & the idea of manipulating the Doctors companion Leela is written very well by writer/director Nicholas Briggs.

This story could've benefited from hearing a bit more carnage but on the whole this is solid storytelling with an excellently written climax performed wonderfully by Louise Jameson.

This is another entertaining Fourth Doctor audio adventure that's well worth hearing.

Timelord Rating.
8.5/10
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2.0 out of 5 stars Definatly The Evil One out of this series., 1 Jun 2014
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As with all series there are bound to be some stories or episodes which aren't very good. I didn't expect this one to be as bad as it was. It was very boring but the idea of Leela being evil was a good one it was just let down by the fact that it was very, very dull.
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