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Medicinal purposes: One a day keeps the doctor away?
on 22 January 2013
This is the sixtieth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six, Maggie Stblaes as Evelyn and in a long overdue move, guests Leslie Philips as Dr. Knox. There are 4 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.
The Doctor and Evelyn arrive in Edinburgh, apparently just as Burke and Hare are in the middle of their infamous careers. But it soon seems that not all is as it seems - just why has no one ever heard of William Burke? And just what is Dr. Knox really up to? And what does Daft Jamie really see?
This starts off as an excellent production. Full of bags of atmosphere as all the actors ham it up to evoke the seedy, terrifying, smelly feel of old Edinburgh. There is an interesting moral argument expressed - The crimes of Burke and Hare were horrendous, but they allowed medical science to advance. Does that in some way make them acceptable, or even laudable? And what is the limit of such acceptability? And finally there is a delicious performance from Leslie Philips, who manages to steal every scene, even from an in form Colin Baker who is no mean scene stealer himself.
But for all that it starts out well, this is a slightly disappointing production, mainly due to a problem that Big Finish quite often seem to suffer. They just don't seem to know how to end it. So when the end comes it is somewhat rushed, a bit confusing, and to be honest didn't really make much sense. But apart from that this is a decent adventure, with much to enjoy, especially Philips in fine devilish form as the sneering Knox. 4 stars in all.