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4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Seventh Doctor Adventure
CD Info.
2xCD of a 4 episode story, Running time 110 minutes approx.

Trivia.
1)Early title for this adventure was Mark Four.
2)Chronologically this is the earliest audio adventure to feature the Seventh Doctor.
3)Jennie Linden played Barbara in the Peter Cushing Doctor Who movie Doctor Who & The Daleks.
4)David A.McIntee has written...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unregenerate!: Not quite bridging the regeneration gap
This is the seventieth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven and Bonnie Langford as Mel. 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.

Set just after the...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unregenerate!: Not quite bridging the regeneration gap, 8 Feb 2013
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is the seventieth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven and Bonnie Langford as Mel. 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.

Set just after the Doctor's troubles sixth regeneration into his seventh incarnation at the hands of the Rani, this was a good opportunity to do something a bit special and go a little bit into Seven's character and the reasons that he is like he is. Unfortunately this is a standard run around, with a lazy script that makes little sense at times. People who have made a Faustian pact with a mysterious stranger are being whisked away and experimented upon, and while I could understand what was being done to them I could not for the life of me work out why. It made no sense. The Doctor s saved from certain madness by a rather improbable (even by Whoniverse standards) series of events and a major dues ex machina. It's lazy scripting that starts off with some good ideas (the doctor's madness, the Faustian pacts) but squanders them in an uninteresting tale.

McCoy and Langford do what they can, and both manage to shine. McCoy's depiction of madness is good, and Mel is once again a much better companion in audio than she was allowed to be on screen. Toby Longworth provides good support as the stolid Cabbie. Other than that there is not much to recommend this release. It promised mountains, but delivered molehills. 2 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unregenerate!, 26 April 2014
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R. Thomas "unreadable" (S Wales) - See all my reviews
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This is an audio adventure from Big Finish featuring the Seventh Doctor played by Sylvester McCoy and Mel played by Bonnie Langford. Where as the TV stories this team featured in were fairly fluffy this one is quite dark and makes for a good little thriller/mystery of a story. This is a very well structured story - it feels in places like the kind of thing the current production team are producing on TV and I have to confess to checking I didn't accidentally put the second disk in to start things off. The performances are very good with McCoy stealing the show, there is an engaging plot/mystery and also some cracking cliffhangers. Recommended however I have to give it three stars as its a tad frustrating, seeming to stall in places and could easily have been something special.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Seventh Doctor Adventure, 16 Mar 2014
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Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Unregenerate! (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
CD Info.
2xCD of a 4 episode story, Running time 110 minutes approx.

Trivia.
1)Early title for this adventure was Mark Four.
2)Chronologically this is the earliest audio adventure to feature the Seventh Doctor.
3)Jennie Linden played Barbara in the Peter Cushing Doctor Who movie Doctor Who & The Daleks.
4)David A.McIntee has written several Doctor Who Missing Adventure novels which include Dark Path, Shadows Of Weng Chiang & Lords Of The Storm.
5)David McIntee also wrote the second part of the Doctor Who Excelis trilogy titled Excelis Rising.

Synopsis.
When a empty Tardis greets Mel the trail leads Mel to an Asylum guarded by armed personnel who's new patient just so happens to be the Seventh Doctor.

Mel must follow the clues left by the Doctor to help find him so together the time travelling duo can unravel the mystery of a top secret medical facility called the Kleise Institute who are conducting unethical operations on it's human patients.

But what is the connection that links the Kleise institute it's patients & the Doctors own race the Timelords?

Timelord Thoughts.
This is seen as a underrated audio adventure which surprises me as I enjoyed this easy to follow story very much by writer David A. McIntee who has delivered a very good mystery featuring the Seventh Doctor & Mel.

The plot is an intriguing puzzle especially on finding out what has happened to our beloved Timelord who is being incarcerated at a mental asylum.

The early part of this story gives actress Bonnie Langford ample opportunity to shine as Mel as she is given some great dramatic moments that she was rarely given on the tv series.

Sylvester McCoy is brilliant as the Seventh Doctor especially when he discovers what's going on at the asylum & by whom makes for great drama & it's here we get a glimpse of this Doctor's darker side that was rarely seen in McCoys debut season 24.

A great Seventh Doctor & Mel audio adventure that features a great mystery, Superb performances by McCoy, Langford & the guest cast featuring excellent production values from Big Finish makes this a recommended audiobook for Seventh Doctor fan's.
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2.0 out of 5 stars cliffhangers in search of a story, 21 July 2006
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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A very disappointing release. Characters run around for twenty five minutes, then there's a big revelation. And the pattern is repeated for the rest of the episodes. Sylvester Mccoy is barely in it, and even bonnie langford can't do much with the poor quality of the material she is given. A very weak story and not worth getting. Despite the three decent cliffhangers
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly underrated!, 23 Nov 2009
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Varian Beauregard (Le Jardin d'Angleterre) - See all my reviews
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I have dropped a star because the plot may is slightly weak, but everything else about this highly underrated story is excellent. It is very accessible (easy to listen to and get into). It is well executed with a brilliant atmosphere (nice and dark!) Mel is superb again (check also 'Fires of Vulcan' and 'Red'). It also fits in well with its stated chronology just after 'Time and the Rani' (soon out on DVD). There are a few references also to 'The Trial of a Time Lord'.

Something about the 7th Doctor just goes very well with mental asylums! (See also the book 'Relative Dementias'.) His portrayal of madness was just what I imagined. I think all this stuff goes back to Virgin's New Adventures ('Falls the Shadow' stands out in my mind). Funny then that this story was originally scripted for Colin Baker and the Daleks. (Well sorry Colin, but Sylvester McCoy is far and away my favourite audio Doctor. He has had his share of clunkers, but this is not one of them!)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing..., 14 Sep 2007
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M. Wilberforce "mwilberforce" (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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"In a run-down asylum screams echo in the halls as mysterious creatures roam, terrorising the staff. Patients complain of betrayal rather than illness, and no one is quite what they seem.
"Mel knows that the Doctor is the best person to find the answers - but she is stranded on Earth, and the TARDIS has returned without him...
"Why does a medical facility need to be under armed guard? What procedures are the staff carrying out, and to what purpose? What is the price that must be paid for making an agreement with those who run the asylum?
"As the answers begin to be uncovered, the Doctor fi9nds that the past may yet come back to haunt him..."

"Unregenerate!", by David A. McIntee, promises one thing and delivers another entirely. Set immediately after the Seventh Doctor's troubled debut in "Time and the Rani", the title would seem to suggest a story dealing with the Doctor suffering a spontaneous mental breakdown and a regression into his former incarnations, a bit like the affliction suffered by the Fifth Doctor at the beginning of "Castrovalva", ultimately helping to define the character that the Seventh Doctor would turn out to be. Unfortunately, in reality the story is nothing like that, and therein lies the first major disappointment of "Unregenerate!".
The story is, in fact, really a rather generic runaround, with the only difference from the norm being that the companion is seeking to rescue the Doctor for much of the story, rather than the other way around. Bonnie Langford, whose character Mel has been served incredibly well by her Big Finish audio plays compared to her role in the original television series, is, in fact, pretty much the best thing in this play, along with her likeable companion-of-the-week, The Cabbie (Toby Longworth). Sylvester McCoy doesn't do too bad a job of sounding insane, but makes less of an effort to redeem the rather ordinary script than his companion.
What "Unregenerate!" does do is to keep the proceedings mysterious for a while, not divulging the true identity of the "asylum", its staff and the true nature of their experiments until around things are made clear over the course of the third and fourth episodes. However, many of the key revelations don't occur until the very last episode, leaving the overall resolution of the story sounding rushed and a little too easy.
If given a different title and any other position in the show's chronology, "Unregenerate!" might have managed three stars; but its title and placement immediately after a regeneration story give this very average and ordinary outing an undeserved degree of prominence, with the result that it promises far more than it delivers, and ends up being particularly disappointing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It�s a mad world�, 20 July 2005
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Jane Aland (England) - See all my reviews
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This four-part audio adventure finds the 7th Doctor and Mel investigating Faustian pacts that end up with people- and aliens - transferred to a mysterious asylum, where strange experiments are being performed on them. The ultimately revealed backstory behind the experiments here is quite interesting, but the play struggles at times to wring any real drama out of the situations. The play isn't helped either by a cringe-worthy performance by Sylvester McCoy as he overacts gibbering insanity for the entirety of the first two episodes, and a terribly clichéd cab driver hero. Unregenerate! has its moments, but it never quite lives up to its premise...
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