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5.0 out of 5 stars Ole Sixey & Peri's Four Excellent Adventures, 21 July 2014
Timelord007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Breaking Bubbles and Other Stories (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who : Breaking Bubbles & Other Stories.
Doctor:Sixth Doctor.
Companion : Peri Brown.
L.M Myles.
Mark Ravenhill,
Una McCormack,
Nev Fountain.
Director: Nicholas Briggs.
Release number: 188
Release date: July 2014
Format: 2 CDs, 4 One Part Stories.

Behind the scenes interviews.

Main Cast.
Sixth Doctor - Colin Baker.
Peri Browm - Nicola Bryant.

Guest Cast.
Jemma Churchill - Safira Valtris/Dr Maria Backhouse
Andy Secombe - Laris/Akros/Policeman
Allison McKenzie - Tondra/Dr Joan Dalton
Janet Henfrey - Dr Petherbridge
Jessica Knappett - Dr Ruth Horwitz
Paul Panting - Maylon/Geoff/Llangragen
Anjella Mackintosh - Standing/Olivia
Phil Mulryne - Trobe/Warma
Johnny Gibbon (Michael)
Toby Fountain - Young Trobe

Plot Synopsis.
Breaking Bubbles by LM Myles.

The Sixth Doctor and Peri find themselves in the palatial gardens of the deposed Empress Safira Valtris where nothing is ever quite what it seems.

Of Chaos Time by Mark Ravenhill.

Cast adrift in his own chronology, the Sixth Doctor must avert the consequences of a catastrophic experiment in using time as a weapon of war.

An Eye For Murder by Una McCormack.

The year is 1939, & a case of poison pen letters at St Ursula’s College threatens to change the course of the Second World War, Fortunately thriller writer Miss Sarah Perry is on hand to investigate...

The Curious Incident of the Doctor in the Night-Time by Nev Fountain.

Michael is a young boy who likes to solve mysteries, such as the mystery of the extra gnome, the mystery of the absent father, &the mystery of the strange man in yellow trousers & a brightly multi coloured coat at the bottom of the garden.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is 4 single part storys by four different writers do they hit there marks or miss there targets?

The first story Breaking Bubbles ses L.M Myles story see the Sixth Doctor & Peri arrive in the palatial gardens on a prison ship of the deposed Empress Valtris.

This stories has a strong story arc which needed further expanding upon & would've benefited from being a 4 part release as there seems a lot more too this adventure that what's delivered here, this story doesn't quite relate well in it's 30 minute running time & features a inconclusive leaving this listener wanting to hear what happens next.
Timelord Rating.

Of Chaos Time
This is similar to Fifth Doctor audio adventure Creatures Of Beauty as it's an-out-of-sequence story which is well structured & paced superbly by writer Mark Ravenhill with Colin Baker on top form here delivering a great performance throughout this intriguingly entertaining adventure.
Timelord Rating.

An Eye For Murder.
Una McCormacks story is a historical tale that's set in 1939 World War II set at a Women’s College, were a mysterious artefact & some revealing letters threaten to change the course of history & not for the better, This is McCormacks second Big Finish story & is a beautifully written adventure & well developed characters that reveals some thrilling moments of drama & delivers some truly great moments of nailbiting tension.
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The Curious Incident of the Doctor in The Night-Time.
Nev Fountain's story is a wonderfully adventure of a boy who has autism & delves into a fascinating insight into how the character of Michael shares similarities with the The Doctor, there both logical, at times arrogant & child like but both have a strong moralistic core of right & wrong, this is a thoroughly entertaining story with excellent performances from Colin Baker & Johnny Gibbon &my favourite story overall.
Timelord Rating.

Overall, Breaking Bubbles & Other Stories is a terrific collection of one part adventures that just gets better as it goes along, Each story has it's merits as Big Finish have got these anthology releases better paced & structured now, all four stories benefit from excellent performances by actor's Colin Baker & Nicola Bryant as the Sixth Doctor & Peri who share such a great chemistry together which has gotten better & better over time & is another wonderful set of single part audio adventures by Big Finish & comes highly recommended by this reviewer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Matters of perception, 13 Aug 2014
Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Breaking Bubbles and Other Stories (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
A new Doctor Who audio. Featuring Colin Baker as the Doctor and Nicola Bryant as his companion Peri.

This returns to a format Big Finish have used on occasion. In that, instead of it being part of a bigger trilogy, it's four stand alone one part stories. Which run from twenty six to thirty minutes [approx.]. Thus casual listeners can get into this one quite easily without needing to have heard any other release first.

There are two stories on each disc. All of them centre round a common theme. Perception.

The first story: 'Breaking Bubbles,' sees the Tardis land in some gardens that belong to a deposed Empress. But there is far more to the location, and to the Empress, than meets the eye.

What at first feels as if it is going to be a rather standard story of tyranny and revolution against it manages to become something more. Since it takes the central concept in two ways, by doing interesting things with the settings. And also with the characters. There are no out and out good guys or baddies in this story. Just characters with lots of shades of grey. All of which makes for some interesting moral food for thought for the listener to consider.

'Of chaos time the', the second story, sees the Doctor finding himself moving through recent time. In a non linear manner. With no idea of what is happening or why. A dangerous experiment is going on, and can the Doctor do something about it?

This has to get going via narration from the Doctor to get you used to what is happening, which is a narrative device that succeeds quite well. The narrative structure of the story does mean it is one that you will really have to work hard in order to get your head around, and you could obviously find it very confusing. But if you just go with the flow on this one it works fine, thanks to some strong character moments for the lead ones and the supporting ones.

'An eye for murder', the third story, sees the Doctor and Peri in the middle of a Dorothy L. Sayers style mystery. The year is 1939, and a lady at a college is receiving nasty letters. Peri is mistaken for a famous mystery writer. Which gives he and the Doctor the chance to investigate.

This is the longest of the four stories, and there's a lot of good period detail in it, really convincing you in making it feel like something that is taking place in 1939. It's a good script and very well done, but there's a lot in it so some things don't quite get as much attention as they could have. This one could work quite well as a longer story, with a bit of expansion. Nevertheless, there's still a lot to like about it.

Story four, 'the curious incident of the Doctor in the Night time,' takes inspiration from 'the curious incident of the dog in the night time,' and is narrated in the first person by Michael. A fourteen year old autistic boy. Who has mysteries to solve. A missing garden gnome. An absent father. And what the strange man in the yellow trousers and his American friend are up to.

The writing, the narration, and the acting all totally convince and make Michael a completely believable character. Since he is autistic the theme of perception really does come through. There's an interesting central mystery to be solved here, the Doctor and Peri appearing every so often via dialogue. Poignant and emotional at times, but also very uplifting, this is a story that takes a great idea and really uses it to the fullest. A really great one indeed. And not one you will forget in a hurry.

Four very good stories and one great one don't quite add up to five stars, but you can always find something worthwhile in an anthology. Thus this is well worth a listen.

There's eighteen minutes [approx.] of music from the stories on the last track of disc one.

A trailer for the next release in this range on the penultimate track of disc two.

And just over fifteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the track after that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 Sep 2014
This review is from: Breaking Bubbles and Other Stories (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
I really like the combination of Peri and the 6th Doctor! Good to see them paired up again!
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