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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale Of Two Halves, 16 Dec 2013
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This review is from: Project: Lazarus (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
WARNING REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.

Positive.
1)This story written again by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright is basically 2 seperate adventures that link together but the concept is a good one & works fine.
2)Colin Baker & Sylvester McCoy deliver excellent performances here.
3)Stephen Chance gives another chilling performance as Nimrod.

Negative.
If you haven't heard Project Twilight then events may seem confusing here.

CD Info.
2x CDS of a 4 part adventure, Running time 110 minutes approx.

Trivia.
1)Timey Wimey trivia here as this story is the final encounter of the Forge for the Seventh Doctor, As Project Destiny is the final encounter with the Doctor for Nimrod, Confused yet?
2)Cassie & baby Tommy appear again in this story, Were have you heard that name mentioned before i wonder in the past, Present or future?

Review.
This is the second story in the Forge trilogy as the Sixth Doctor & Evelyn arrive in the Tardis in Norway as the Doctor has found a cure for Cassies vampiric condition caused by events in Project Twilight.

But times have changed for Cassie as she now works for the Forge & Nimrod under a new name Artemis as Nimrod conducts a terrible experiment on the Doctor trying to force the Doctor to regenerate via electrocution.

Meanwhile Evelyn tries to remind Cassie of her son Tommy who she had forgotten due to Nimrods brainwashing & tries to reach out to Cassies motherly instincts but Cassie threatens to tell the Doctor about Evelyns heart condition which may stop the Doctor from letting her travel with him in the Tardis.

The Doctor one heart stops beating as Nimrod experiment seems to be working but Cassie realizes she's become something of pure evil & does one last heroic deed by saving the Doctor from Nimrod but at the cost of her own life.

The Doctor & Evelyn leave in the Tardis as Evelyn is consumed by grief over Cassie dying & is angry at the Doctor's non emotional concern for Cassies death.

Then it's the turn of the Seventh Doctor as four years later the Doctor detects an anomaly in the time vortex which he locates to the Forge research facility.

Events take a confusing turn as the Seventh Doctor meets his former Sixth incarnation who is now a scientific advisor to Nimrod & the Forge, Event's the Doctor has no memory of ever doing.

Nimrod is now working on another alien experiment known as the Huldran but as the experiment goes wrong & the Huldran being becomes freed & attacks the Forge the Sixth Doctor loses a arm in the process & as the Seventh Doctor makes contact with the Sixth he realizes that the Sixth Doctor is in fact a clone from his DNA that Nimrod had taken via his last encounter with the Doctor.

The clone is one of many of Nimrods attempts at cloning the Doctor & as the Sixth Doctor clone is now dying he mimics Nimrods voice & instigates the Hades lockdown program as to shutting down the Forge facility & ending Nimrods experiments.

The Seventh Doctor escapes with the Huldran & surviving humans, However the story told to Ace by Aristedes in the next story Project Destiny indicates the humans didn't survive these events & many of her colleagues were killed on Dartmoor.

All isn't quite over for the Forge either as the Oracle computer initiates the back up facility the Forge has created by it's leader Nimrod.

This is a fantastic follow up to Project Twilight with the Sixth Doctor & Evelyn as the Doctor seeks good intentions to now cure Cassie of her vampire curse but at the end of part 2 of this story a rift is formed against the Sixth Doctor & Evelyn which is very well written by Cavan Scott & Mark Wright who add a more character driven take to this story & drop subtle clues for future storys along the way.

I like how these two seperate storys link together forming an overall plot arc as Colin Baker & Sylvester McCoy deliver strong performances here & there encounters with Stephen Chance as Nimrod are always dramatic & engaging to hear.

This story is quite shocking too as the scene were Nimrod tries to force the Sixth Doctor to regenerate is quite graphic even for a audio release but Doctor Who is meant to push boundaries & shock us.

This is another must buy purchase for Doctor Who fan's as it's up there with the very best Big Finish have produced with the,Forge to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Project: Lazarus - An unwelcome resurrection of one of the Doctor's most dangerous foes., 19 Nov 2012
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This is the forty fifth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six, Maggie Stables as Evelyn and Sylvester McCoy as Seven. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

This is a great story. Or indeed, a great couple of stories. In the first two episodes Six and Evelyn set out to locate Cassie, last encountered in Project: Twilight, as the Doctor now has a cure for her vampirism. Upon locating her they find themselves once again having to deal with Nimrod, one of the Doctor's better foes, and the Forge (sort of an evil version of UNIT). Baker is excellent as Six, full of imperiousness and compassion, with a towering personality. He really carries the story along, helped by having a strong villain to work against and a sympathetic companion in Evelyn Smyth, one that he cannot just railroad and who can stand up for herself. This continues a bit of a story arc for Six and Evelyn, in which their attitudes to the deaths that they see, and the effect that they have on the very human Evelyn, are explored.

The actors, script and sound production are excellent with an exciting, and at the climax, moving tale.

In the second two part adventure, Seven finds himself having to visit the Forge to try and get them to stop doing something naughty. It's not a separate adventure, as it ties up several plot points laid down in the first two parts. I can't say too much without giving the big surprise away. Suffice to say that McCoy rises to the challenge of the Forge and Nimrod admirably, and he turns in another exciting adventure.

In all this is a five star production. Excellent work from Big Finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I'll survive Doctor; I always do", 12 Oct 2012
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This is a very inventive story, where the first cd (2 parts of the 4 part story) are told with the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn. The second cd (the 3rd and 4th parts of the story) are set with the Seventh Doctor. This review may come out sounding rather cryptic, but it's all so as to hopefully not offer any spoilers for those yet to enjoy the story.

The Sixth Doctor and Evelyn return to Norway to get Cassie, now that the Doctor believes he has the antidote to the Twilight virus (see the earlier story Project Twilight for the background to this). But, as we know, they are not the only ones looking for Cassie. In the meantime, are there strange mythical creatures also in the area? And what's the connection, if any? The Doctor and Evelyn battle evil and old foes, and attempt to rescue old friends.

In the part of the story with the Seventh Doctor, he arrives when the Tardis picks up strange energy readings. The links between his arrival, where he arrives, and what happened under the earlier story quickly become apparent, but there are plenty of twists and turns in store, both for the Doctor and for the listener.

This is great stuff - the characters are suitably nasty, the story suitably horrifying, and the Doctor(s) are in top form. Any more would be spoilers, so suffice to say that if you've heard Project Twilight (or are thinking of doing so) you really want to get this one too! The stories, while they stand on their own, are part of a larger story arc, which continues in Project Destiny.
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