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4.0 out of 5 stars The Last: Is this the End?
This is the sixty second release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Paul McGann as Eight, India Fisher as Charley and Conrad Westmaas as C'Rizz. This is the sixth of a series of adventures in the Divergent universe following the events of Zageus, in which there is a loose story arc. Knowledge of some of...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully not The Last, i dare say
The Last is an interesting title to say the least. Not particularly Dr Who-ish but not so un-Who to put me off. Opening with what seems like the standard in the new season - a verbal exchange between the Doc and the mysterious Kro-Ka, this story benefits greatly from a spectacular sound crew. The world of Bortresoye is a dank and arid wasteland shredded by nuclear war and...
Published on 3 Feb 2005 by Andrew Kyle


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4.0 out of 5 stars The Last: Is this the End?, 22 Jan 2013
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This is the sixty second release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Paul McGann as Eight, India Fisher as Charley and Conrad Westmaas as C'Rizz. This is the sixth of a series of adventures in the Divergent universe following the events of Zageus, in which there is a loose story arc. Knowledge of some of these previous adventures will help with the enjoyment of this. 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 Kro'ka sends the three travellers to a zone like no other. It quickly becomes evident that ther is no life anywhere on the surface of the planet, after some cataclysm. There are a few survivors underground, but is all as it seems? And just how sane are they?

It's an interesting adventure in which the Doctor gets to confront some of his darker fears, and deep pain is brought to the fore in a reference to two characters from the TV series. It's a well structured adventure in which Eight and his companions battle to survive. It also neatly starts to give a few explanations of the nature of the Kro'ka and the world which he has been shunting the three companions around.

In all an excellent production with a real sense of danger and drama. 4 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Post-Apocalyptic Doctor Who Drama, 3 July 2014
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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Doctor Who: The Last.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor.
Companion(s): Charley, C'rizz.
Main enemy: Excelsior.
Main setting: Bortresoye, the Divergent Universe.
Writer: Gary Hopkins.
Director: Gary Russell.
Release number: 62.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 130 minutes.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul McGann
Charley Pollard - India Fisher
C'rizz - Conrad Westmaas
The Kro'ka - Stephen Perring.
Excelsior - Carolyn Jones.
Minister Voss - Ian Brooker.
Minister Tralfinial - Robert Hines.
Landscar - Richard Derrington.
Requiem - Tom Eastwood.
Nurse - Jane Hills.
Make-Up Assistant - John Dorney.

Trivia.
1)The Kro'ka presents the Doctor with visions of Katarina & Adric, two of his companions who died while under his care.
2)Most of C'rizz's family & friends were killed when the Kromon invaded Eutermes.
3)Charley believes that all war is a crime.
4)The Doctor refers to Katarina as "the little handmaiden from Troy." He regrets taking her away from her own time & giving her hope, only for her to be killed shortly afterwards.
5)The Doctor believes that the Kro'ka may have moved the TARDIS off-world.
6)Given that she is from 1930, Charley is unfamiliar with nuclear weapons.
7)Eutermesans have an exoskeleton.

Plot Synopsis.
Trapped on a dying world, the Doctor & Charley come face-to-face with those responsible for the war to end all wars, while C'rizz tries to understand what has happened & learns the terrible truth.

Powerful forces are at work on Bortresoye that not even a nuclear holocaust can tame; natural forces that have excited the interest of Excelsior, the self-proclaimed saviour of her people.

With Charley immobilised & C'rizz left to battle against the elements with some of the victims of war, one final, desperate hope of escape presents itself to the travellers.

But who will be the last to leave the planet? Who will have to stay behind? & will the Doctor, Charley and C'rizz live long enough to find out?

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer Gary Hopkins has delivred an eerie Post-Apocalyptic Sci-fi adventure here aided by some excellent atmospheric sound effects that has really captured the feeling of an post-apocalyptic, barren wasteland.

There are creepy scenes with ghosts & a cyclical nature of the world are moments of thought provoking drama, yet the Eighth Doctor does seem a little out of character at times during the play which certainly adds for some great dramatic moments & gives this adventure an uneasy tone especially when the Doctor has to confront his own dark fears gives actor Paul McGann a chance to shine as the Doctor who once again giving a thoroughly believable performance.

The villian of the piece Excelsior is a corrupt disturbed ruler performed amazingly by actress Carolyn Jones who really is completely a power mad dictator while the world around her is dying she is a ruler of nothing who's so self delusional in her beliefs that she thinks she's a ruler of everything is the type of character Doctor Who does so well.

C'rizz gets into no end of trouble in this adventure but it's nice that were starting to find out more about him & by the end of this play I'm started to warm to this character a little better while Charley who sustains a injury early on seems a little too sarcastic at times but her scenes with Conrad Westmaas as C'rizz do share a great chemistry as there friendship is blossoming as this duo are seemingly bounce off one another.

Overall, The Last delivers a great message about the aftermath & consequences of a nuclear war upon an alien city that is ravaged by nuclear winter & while the 'reset' button is used as the story's ending it does actually make sense to conclude the story this way as events that have played out may not have been entirely meaningless for the survivors.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor and friends arrive in a nuclear winter, 1 July 2007
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M. Wilberforce "mwilberforce" (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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"Trapped on a dying world, the Doctor and Charley come face-to-face with those responsible for the war to end all wars, while C'rizz tries to understand what has happened and learns the terrible truth.

"Powerful forces are at work on Bortresoye that not even a nuclear holocaust can tame; natural forces that have excited the interest of Excelsior, the self-proclaimed saviour of her people.

"With Charley immobilised and C'rizz left to battle against the elements with some of the victims of war, one final, desparate hope of escape presents itself to the travellers.

"But who will be the last to leave the planet? Who will have to stay behind? And will the Doctor, Charley and C'rizz live long enough to find out?"

"The Last", by Gary Hopkins, maintains the imaginative streak shown in "Faith Stealer", building Big Finish's second Divergent Universe season into a more consistent and cohesive whole than the previous one.

This time, the Doctor, Charley and C'rizz find themselves caught up in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust, in the ruins of an alien city ravaged by a nuclear winter; and, true to Big Finish Productions' high standards, the devastation and hostile climate is conveyed to perfection by the combination of fantastic sound design and very atmospheric music. It is bleakness at its truest.

A small guest cast play the last few survivors of the war on Bortresoye, holed up in a government bunker under the watchful eye of their leader, Excelsior (Carolyn Jones). Jones plays Excelsior very convincingly, and as the play goes on we witness her descent from delusion into total madness, without Jones' performance ever becoming OTT or unconvincing. Ian Brooker and Robert Hines make a good double act as the hapless Ministers for War and Peace.

This isn't India Fisher's finest hour as Charley, who sustains a grevious injury but remains insistently chirpy and sarcastic thanks to Fisher's slightly unsubtle performance. Paul McGann and Conrad Westmaas acquit themselves better, however, as the Doctor and C'rizz and provide the play with a strong lead.

As "The Last" proceeds to its bleak conclusion, with Charley seriously injured and C'rizz meeting a similarly unfortunate fate, it becomes increasingly apparent that a plot reset button will be required at the end of the play. However, when the somewhat predictable reset button does arrive it is well handled, and the listener is left with the feeling that the events of the past four episodes haven't been entirely meaningless after all. An atmospheric story well handled by the designers and generally well performed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully not The Last, i dare say, 3 Feb 2005
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Andrew Kyle "Fangg" (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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The Last is an interesting title to say the least. Not particularly Dr Who-ish but not so un-Who to put me off. Opening with what seems like the standard in the new season - a verbal exchange between the Doc and the mysterious Kro-Ka, this story benefits greatly from a spectacular sound crew. The world of Bortresoye is a dank and arid wasteland shredded by nuclear war and the music and sound effects present throughout pull all the punches in making sure you know that. The plot is slightly convuluted and the resolution is unfortunately quite unsatisfactory, but the voice acting is as usual superb - perhaps more than usual as a result of several plot points i don't wish to spoil. The theme is obviously anti-war and there is much discussed regarding the nature of humanity and its view on destruction, and we have the Doctor to thank for constantly hammering this message home. By no means my favourite of the Big Finish range but also by no means my least favourite, i would class this particular drama as a middle ground. Worth a listen, but there are other better ones you should obtain first.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shaky but not stirring, 17 Nov 2007
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Right, previous reviewers have included as much plot exposition as is needed so I will aim to simply give my thoughts on quality and relevance. Whilst not my favourite pair of companions, Charley and C'rizz spark off each other well here, their latent animosity slowly bubbling to the surface, seemingly unnoticed by The Doctor. McGann delivers his usual polished performance, this time reigning in some of his more mawkish traits and keeping the Roger Moore-esque one-liners at bay for most of the story. Carolyn Jones gives a suitably histrionic performance as the homicidally self-absorbed Excelsior; seemingly oblivious to the fact that she is queen of nothing but a dead-world and its ragged survivors of the war she initiated. Where this offering comes undone though is halfway through the adventure when it becomes clear that the depths of intrigue and interest that were hinted at from the start are never going to be realised and the intrusive sci-fi jargon and insubstantial plot are unfortunately left exposed.
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