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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Nooooooooooooooooooo'
Whispers of Terror is an atmospheric and well produced tale of murder, mystery and suspense. Considering it was one of the first original full-cast Doctor Who audio plays from Big Finish, it stands up very well; especially compared with some of the later efforts. Colin Baker's Doctor is arguably the most suited of all the television (and film) portrayals to the medium of...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Trying to visualise the audible
It must have seen like a great idea at the time: Doctor Who on audio, so let's do a story where the enemy is only audible... but it doesn't work. The beauty of audio is that you are free to imagine scenes and villains and monsters. But none of that is necessary here and as such it seems a little bit uninspiring.

Plot: While recording some of his speeches at the...
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Nooooooooooooooooooo', 5 Sep 2007
This review is from: Whispers of Terror (Dr Who Big Finish) (Audio CD)
Whispers of Terror is an atmospheric and well produced tale of murder, mystery and suspense. Considering it was one of the first original full-cast Doctor Who audio plays from Big Finish, it stands up very well; especially compared with some of the later efforts. Colin Baker's Doctor is arguably the most suited of all the television (and film) portrayals to the medium of audio. His bombastic and belligerent approach comes across well and his dress sense is not visible to spoil this by making him look like a circus clown. The story cracks along with excellent effects and music and a truly creepy disembodied voice as the main 'monster'. All-in-all Justin Richards has written a decent story which could conceivably be made for TV with a sensitive producer and some imagination.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Trying to visualise the audible, 17 Sep 2014
This review is from: Whispers of Terror (Dr Who Big Finish) (Audio CD)
It must have seen like a great idea at the time: Doctor Who on audio, so let's do a story where the enemy is only audible... but it doesn't work. The beauty of audio is that you are free to imagine scenes and villains and monsters. But none of that is necessary here and as such it seems a little bit uninspiring.

Plot: While recording some of his speeches at the Museum of Aural Antiquities, Visteen Krane commits suicide just before announcing his candidacy for president. His running mate makes use of the material recorded to fashion an endorsement of her own candidacy; but it seems that Krane has other plans, despite his death. It does seem strange that Krane is recording his voice for *antiquity* and it might have made more sense if this were some kind of ancient voice that is rising from the grave, rather than a voice only a few days old (I have a feeling one of the later stories does this). A clever plot, with sufficient mystery in early episodes about what is really going on, but overall it fails to grab the listener. Surprisingly this might have made a very good story on television - cheap to make, but interesting anyway.

Script: Very good, full of interesting characters and the Doctor/Peri relationship reduced to fun banter rather than outright warfare that plagued the actual series. This does feel like the two have a relationship that would last (and did).

Other: Solid performances from all in only the third of the Big Finish output. Peter Miles as the Curator does a brilliant job and while one can't help remember Nyder, the character is sufficiently different that it is not difficult to get over it. Lisa Bowerman puts in a great performance as Beth Parnell, but it is difficult not to think of Bernice Summerfield though when listening (if you are not familiar with those stories, shame on you!).

It was exciting to have new Who being broadcast to our ears back in 1999, but Whispers of Terror is one of the poorer of the earlier output and hasn't stood the test of time, comparing unfavourably with much later Big Finish audios.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sounds Exciting..., 2 Sep 2013
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P. Kennard (Worcestershire, UK) - See all my reviews
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With bombast, gusto and a TARDIS full of disagreement, we enter the world of the Sixth Doctor, a world even more colourful on audio than you could have thought possible...

This story seemed to be such a good idea on paper, and with the pedigree of both Justin Richards and Big Finish, you'd be forgiven for expecting a really strong adventure. Unfortunately, the strengths are in just how closely they've managed to recreate the style of the early Sixth Doctor adventures, including the flaws.
Initially, everything bodes well, the fantastic Sound Archive making powerful use of the audio format, our protagonists setting out their stalls early and giving us a good flavour what we can expect. Misgivings being to bubble up though, as we are reintroduced to Peri and the Doctor, who are arguing fit to bust. Misgivings actually surface when our heroes meet the other characters. Very quickly, it becomes apparent that the Doctor is going to remain arrogant and supercilious, annoying the audience just as much as the other characters, something Colin Baker has admirably managed and toned down in more recent performances. Peri somehow manages to start off 'too' American (if that's possible), before settling down a little, almost as though Nicola Bryant was trying to find the exact pitch of the character again.
Big Finish, meanwhile, have worked hard to give us an audio treat, producing a good mimic of the period of the series, right down to appropriate music cues. They've also presented the subtle audio tricks needed to make the location and main protagonist work and to give an effective atmosphere. But this doesn't quite successfully mask what is essentially a mess of a story. Too many ideas have been squeezed in, with concepts and characters mixed up to such an extent that one struggled to care about quite how the outcome would be. Although, that should probably read 'outcomes', as we are treated to several, almost as if Richards and co. we're unsure where to end. All in all, it simply doesn't work.

The production quality and some of the concepts are such that 'Whispers of Terror' is probably worth a listen for completists, but this clearly should have gone through much more work before reaching the mike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendously creepy in places., 16 Sep 2008
This review is from: Whispers of Terror (Dr Who Big Finish) (Audio CD)
The first two episodes especially being extremely chilling at times. Deliciously so when listening with headphones in the dark. The notion of 'threat' and unseen menace coming from a disembodied voice entity, working particularly well in audio.
Colin Baker as the Doctor is brilliant as always and Nicola Bryant is immediately recognisable as Peri. The two characters perfectly capture their on-screen relationship. Would be great to have some more 6th Doctor and Peri stories. There aren't enough of them! Kudos to Big Finish for putting out so many wonderful discs to enjoy though. Well done!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Sounding Doctor Who Audio Adventure, 25 Oct 2013
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CD Info.
2xCD.
4 episodes.
Running time 115 minutes approx.

Trivia.
1)Peter Miles appeared in 3 Doctor Who tv adventures, The Silurians, Invasion Of The Dinosaurs but is better known as Nyder in Fourth Doctor season 12 adventure Genesis Of The Daleks a role he later reprised in I Davros : Guilt, actor Peter Miles also appeared in BBC'S Doctor Who 30th Anniversary radio drama: The Paradise Of Death starring Third Doctor Jon Pertwee.
2)Writer Justin Richards cameos as the answer phone message.
3)Lisa Bowerman is better known as Seventh Doctor companion Bernice (Benny) Summerfield.
4)This was Big Finishes Third audio release.

Plot Synopsis.
The Sixth Doctor & Peri step out of the Tardis to find themselves in the Museum of Aural Antiquities, where every sound is stored from speeches to security service wire taps and interrogation tapes. But they also find an intruder, mysterious changed recordings, and a dead body!

Before long, The Doctor realises that there is more going on than a simple break-in or murder. So just how can the Doctor defeat a creature that is composed of pure sound?

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a great audio adventure that's storyline suits the audio format superbly as seasoned Doctor Who writer Justin Richards has delivered a tense thrilling murder mystery that features an excellent performance by Sixth Doctor actor Colin Baker who's sixth incarnation shines on audio delivering great gravitas to proceedings.

Great support comes from co-star Nicola Bryant as Peri with is a great contrast for the brash Sixth Doctor, Peter Miles as the Curator Gantman & Lisa Bowerman as Beth Pernell who both may know more than there letting on about events surrounding the dead body found inside Aural Antiques.

Writer Justin Richards keeps the tension building nicely throughout the 2 hour play while adding a whodunit mystery that engages the listener to partake in the investigation along with the Doctor & Peri.

This audio adventure has some excellent sound effects that add a creepy moody atmosphere to the play which I found is best listened to in the dark.

This showcases what Big Finish are capable of achieving on audio using great experienced Doctor Who writer's & as this was only there third release Big Finish deliver a fully rounded enjoyable audio adventure.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average, 21 Oct 2013
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It's the 6th Doctor's first solo Big Finish outing and it shows. This story is average, if not a little hard to follow (far too many characters with similar voices and confusing names).

Big Finish fell into old habits with the 6th Doctor and Peri, once again bringing their awkward relationship back from the dead. I've since listened to The Marian Conspiracy (Doctor Who) and much preferred the 6th Doctor portrayed there than the one here.

It's okay, but you can tell Big Finish were still trying to find their feet with this one. Worth a one time listen, but if you don't mind skipping a few (which I find impossible to do), I'd have skipped this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whispers of Terror - Sounds good to me!, 27 Feb 2012
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is the third release from Big Finish in their range of audio only adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six and Nicola Bryant as Peri. This is a cracking adventure that really captures the feel of the old TV adventures, while subtly updating and making use of the fact that on audio the visual effects are so much easier to realise. There are four episodes, roughly 25 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 notes from the author.

It's a good old fashioned Who story - lots of running along corridors, lurching from one disaster to the next while the Doctor tries with a rising degree of panic to understand the problem and find a solution. As usual The Doctor and companion turn up in a supposedly quiet spot next to a dead body and are soon trying to explain themselves. It has a good traditional feel to it, and works well.

What works even better is the slightly experimental tone from Big Finish, which works a lot better here than in the Eighth Doctor experiments that would derail the series a little in later years. The producers realise that they are not limited by what they can achieve on the screen with a budget, and a creature formed purely of sound is presented to us. It's a clever concept, and works well on audio.

Baker and Bryant slip right back into their roles, with the old sparkiness that characterised their time in the TARDIS on screen. Baker wuld later change his characterisation in the audi adventures subtly, allowing the Doctor to grow somewhat, but here he plays it straight from the TV as though he'd never been away.

A pretty decent mystery an adventure, 4 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better early audio plays, 27 Jun 2007
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One of the first Big Finish plays and therefore the closest they got to the TV version of Colin Baker (which I personally liked). This is definitely one of the better early 6th Doctor plays and features some clever, witty dialogue and good Peri-Doctor banter. The script is intelligent and tailor-made for this format, being concerned with sound (although it can be hard to follow at times). It reminds me a lot of ...ish one of the few other Doctor/Peri stories and also well worth buying.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting exploration of the audio medium, 11 April 2006
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M. Wilberforce "mwilberforce" (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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"The Doctor and Peri find themselves in the Museum of Aural Antiquities, where every sound is stored for posterity - from the speeches of Visteen Krane to security service wire taps and interrogation tapes. But they also find an intruder, mysteriously changed recordings, and a dead body.
"Before long the Doctor realises that there is more going on than a simple break-in or murder. How can he defeat a creature that is made of pure sound?"
Colin Baker's solo debut on the Big Finish audio series is a curious one. Writer Justin Richards inventively comes up with a story concept that could only suit the audio format - and it almost works.
I say almost, because it doesn't quite. Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant are both on good form, but Peri isn't given an awful lot to do, and the cliffhangers are on the cheesy side (even extending to Colin Baker shouting "Nooooooooooo...!" in an extremely comic-book way). There's also an awful lot of talking while not much that actually happens. You might say that this is inevitable with the audio format, but Big Finish's first release The Sirens of Time proved that this doesn't have to be the case.
None the less, the idea of a murderous creature that is made of pure sound is a creepy concept that is carried off pretty well. The twists and turns keep you on your toes, and the story has a gratifying ending. Finally, a word must go out to Nicholas' Briggs stripped-down synthesised musical score, which effortlessly recreates the sound of the real incidental music of 1980s Doctor Who. An enjoyable if patchy tale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars sounds quite good, 21 July 2006
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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Colin Baker's very first big finish story, and as a result he's still pretty much the abrasive doctor that we saw on TV, who spends far too much time arguing with people. The character will be smoothed out by the audios in due course, but this is early days.

An intriguing idea brings us a story that could only work on audio. And there's absolutely one stunning twist late on which proves this point. But as a whole it's an okay but not great story. It suffers from being too small scale, and lacking a great sense of threat from the villains involved.

Not a bad start for the audio sixth doctor, though, and there's even better to come
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