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4.0 out of 5 stars Superior sequel
This 6th Doctor audio adventure is a superior sequel to the so-so story Arrangements For War, and also serves as the departure story for original audio companion Evelyn Smythe. The storyline is neatly divided into two halves: firstly dealing with rebels opposed to the scientific experimentation with alien technology - which leads to both Evelyn and Mel becoming involved...
Published on 3 Oct 2005 by Jane Aland

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3.0 out of 5 stars great characters weak plot
an audio adventure for the sixth doctor who, here paired with his companion mel as they go off to visit his former companion evelyn.

This is a direct sequel to the earlier audio arrangements for war, and it's the last audio in chronological order for evelyn, as this reveals why she has left the tardis. The world on which she has settled is the one we saw in the...
Published on 21 Aug 2006 by Paul Tapner


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4.0 out of 5 stars Superior sequel, 3 Oct 2005
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This 6th Doctor audio adventure is a superior sequel to the so-so story Arrangements For War, and also serves as the departure story for original audio companion Evelyn Smythe. The storyline is neatly divided into two halves: firstly dealing with rebels opposed to the scientific experimentation with alien technology - which leads to both Evelyn and Mel becoming involved n a hostage situation, and the second half, which deals with mysterious goings on in a hospital where Evelyn has had a heart complaint seen to. Full of vivid characters, solid plotting and menacing moments, with a nicely played overarching theme of the dysfunctional relationship between fathers and daughters mirrored in the Doctor and Evelyn's relationship, the only possible downside here will be for those listeners not fully au fait with Evelyn's audio adventures, as not only is this a sequel to Arrangements For War but you'll need to have heard Project: Twilight and Project: Lazarus to make sense of the coda. For those up on their continuity though, this is wonderful stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars great characters weak plot, 21 Aug 2006
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an audio adventure for the sixth doctor who, here paired with his companion mel as they go off to visit his former companion evelyn.

This is a direct sequel to the earlier audio arrangements for war, and it's the last audio in chronological order for evelyn, as this reveals why she has left the tardis. The world on which she has settled is the one we saw in the earlier story, a planet of feuding nations that has just fought off an alien invasion. Can the doctor work out his feelings in regards to evelyn's depature? and what dastardly deeds are going on underneath the planet?

The cast and characters in this are superb. all are well written and well acted, and all get their chance to shine. bonnie langford as mel is a revelation if you hear the audios. short changed by poor writing on tv, these have allowed the character to become what she always should have been. And quite frankly she's one of the best companions ever. All the characters do work out their feelings over the course of the play and this is well written and handled.

trouble is it's also required to have a plot as well. as a result we get a rather weak one about secret experiments, conducted by a blatantly obvious villain for no other reason than the plot required it of them. This aspect of the play is not nearly as strong as the character stuff.

It's not a bad audio, it's just that the main plot of this is not one that really needed to be told
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blood is..., 2 April 2009
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This audio is a sequel to the Big Finish story 'Arrangements for War' and The Doctor has returned tothe planet Vilag three years after his previous visit. Now Principle Triumvir, head of a tripartite government, Rossiter (now married to Evelyn Smythe, formerly a travelling companion of The Doctor) is working to secure a peaceful future for the planet by researching the technology the Killorans left behind. Unfortunately he is estranged from his daughter Sofia, who is campaigning for the destruction of all alien artefacts. Sofia doesn't like Evelyn either and this simmering dislike soon boils over into violence, hence the title of the story.

The Sixth Doctor and his carrot-juice supping companion Mel make a good team and Bonnie Langford proves she's not just an all singing all dancing automaton. Colin Baker is as good as ever and the story is a fascinating one, drawing on aspects of The Doctor and Evelyn's complicated relationship and giving the cast something to get their teeth into.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evelyns Departure & Political Intrigue Await The Sixth Doctor, 21 Jun 2014
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Thicker Than Water.
Doctor: Sixth Doctor
Companion Mel.
Featuring: Evelyn, Seventh Doctor.
Main enemy: Dr. Andrew Szabó.
Main setting: Világ.
Writer: Paul Sutton.
Director: Edward Salt.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 100 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.

Cast.
The Doctor - Colin Baker.
Evelyn Smythe - Maggie Stables.
Melanie Bush - Bonnie Langford.
Principal Triumvir Rossiter - Gabriel Woolf.
Dr Sofia Rossiter - Rachel Pickup.
Dr Andrew Szabó - Patrick Romer
Dr Sebastian Lawrence - Simon Watts.
Jenner - Matt Dineen.
TV Interviewer - James Parsons.

Trivia.
1)This is a sequel to (Audio: Arrangements for War), This story takes place three years afterwards.
2)Sofia Rossiter was the best friend of Princess Krisztina. (Audio: Arrangements for War)
3)Evelyn tells Mel about her encounters with the Daleks. (Audio The Apocalypse Element, Audio: Jubilee), she also mentions mutant vampire hunters, referring to (Audio: Project: Twilight and Project: Lazarus).
4)The Sixth Doctor mentions his aggressive post-regenerative phase. (Tv: The Twin Dilemma)
5)Whereas Evelyn saw the Seventh Doctor from a distance in (Audio: The 100 Days of the Doctor), she does not appear to recognise him in this story, though she correctly guesses from his manner that he is a future incarnation of the Doctor. They would later meet for the second and final time in (Audio: A Death in the Family).
5)The Seventh Doctor informs Evelyn that his companion Hex is in actuality "Little Tommy", the son of Cassie Schofield, whom they previously met in (Audio: Project: Twilight & Audio: Project: Lazarus), Evelyn would later meet Hex formally in (Audio: A Death in the Family).
6)The Seventh Doctor tells Evelyn that he stumbled across Hex, who chose to travel with him of his own volition. (Audio: The Harvest)
7)Shortly before travelling to Világ, the Seventh Doctor dropped Ace & Hex off in Monte Carlo in 1966 and instructed them to steal the Veiled Leopard while the Fifth Doctor's companions Peri Brown & Erimem were simultaneously trying to prevent it from being stolen. He briefly conversed with his past self & was observed doing so by Peri and Erimem, who remained unaware of his identity. Peri described him "as a kooky little guy in a weird pullover." (Audio: The Veiled Leopard).

Plot Synopsis.
Three years after Világ was all but laid waste by the Killorans, the Doctor is back alongside a different companion & a lot has changed.

Now elected Principal Triumvir, head of a tripartite government, Rossiter is working to secure a peaceful future for the planet by researching the technology the Killorans left behind. But he has to contend with opposition from his daughter, Sofia, who heads a public campaign demanding the destruction of all alien artefacts.

Politics has caused a rift between father & daughter, and as if that weren't enough, Sofia doesn't approve of her new stepmother Evelyn Smythe the Doctors former companion now married to Principal Triumvir Rossiter.

But Evelyn has made political enemies, among them her own stepdaughter Sofia, and the reunion takes a deadly turn when Evelyn & Mel are kidnapped as emotions soon boil over into violence -- violence that seems to have gripped the entire city.

Friendships bind people close, but they say that blood is...

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer Paul Sutton has written a excellent follow up to his previous story Arrangements For War as this adventure gives actress Maggie Stables character Evelyn Smythe the send-off that she so thoroughly deserves.

Paul Sutton gives Evelyn her romance with Rossiter that was touched upon in “Arrangements For War” which felt unresolved & marrying Evelyn off to live happily ever after with Rossiter is a far better ending than the fate that awaited her at the end of Gary Russell's Cyberman audio adventure Real Time.

This parting of the ways for the Sixth Doctor & Evelyn is an emotional one as two years prior to this story, the Doctor would not go to Evelyn’s wedding which has echoes of his feelings of Jo Grants departure in the tv story The Green Death, Now the Doctor explains to his new companion Mel what a calming influence Evelyn had on him & how much he has missed her since she departed.

Paul Sutton is a genius at writing character driven emotional drama as the Doctor mentions his unstable regeneration to Mel & how the steadying hand of Evelyn Smythe had a calming influence upon him.

Colin Baker delivers another excellent heartfelt performance here & delivers an emotional range of sadness, loss & affection for his former companion especially in the scene were he discovers she has a heart condition.

One of the storys highlights is when Evelyn returns to the Tardis after seeing Rossiter again & tells the Doctor that she wants to leave shows the Doctor is hiding a whole world of pain in his hearts which is brought into discussion when Evelyn berates him for not attending her wedding as the Doctor knew they were getting married, we learn how devastated Evelyn was that the Doctor didn’t attend but by the conclusion of this story the Doctor admits that he still misses her & in a touching scene gets to dance with Evelyn in their last scene which is a real tearjerker.

Bonnie Langford as Mel is far better written here than on tv & shares a great chemistry with Evelyn in there scenes together & it would've been a interesting dynamic had all three of these characters travelled in the Tardis together.

This story has great moments of drama & political manipulation closer to home than you may think which adds tension to this intriguing dramatic adventure rounded off by a cameo from Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor whom lets Evelyn in on some closely guarded secrets about his current companion Hex.

Overall this is a superb sequel to Arrangements Of War that has its own story to tell, Paul Sutton again gives the Sixth Doctor & Evelyn another emotional arc & if this is there last adventure together it concludes there times together on a high.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor and Mel, Evelyn and loose endings ..., 14 Feb 2013
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This audio story features the Sixth Doctor with his companion Mel. It also follows as a sequel to an earlier story, Arrangements for War, where the Doctor, travelling with Evelyn Smythe find themselves becoming involved when they don't want to, and having to stop interplanetary war on Villag. During that earlier story, Evelyn falls in love with Governor Rossiter, but leaves him to go with the Doctor. In this story, set a couple of years in the future, Evelyn has returned and married Rossiter. The Doctor and Mel decide to visit.

Evelyn has a tempestuous relationship with Rossiter's daughter Sophia, personally and politically, and the dissension amongst influential groups as to whether there should be research into the weaponry left behind by the Killoran invasion. The Doctor's visit turns deadly when Evelyn, Mel and many more are threatened.

This is a great story; just the right amount of intrigue and danger. The mystery is not too long left as a mystery, at least to the listener who has the advantage of hearing the interactions of all parties, whereas the Doctor is often working in isolation. But that does not detract from the storyline, and there are great sound effects, just enough to add to the action and the tension.

At the end there's a nice little twist with a visitor for Evelyn (which only really makes sense if you have lstened to the earlier stories with the Doctor and Evelyn in Project:Twilight and Project: Lazarus; if you haven't heard these stories, they are well worth getting). Leaves you with a little lump in your throught; great Doctor Who and great character-driven storytelling. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thicker Than Water: The two companions, 8 Feb 2013
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This is the seventy third 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, Bonnie Langford as Mel and Gabriel Woolfe as Rossiter. 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.

This audio is set sometime after the events of the superb `arrangements' for war'. After that story Evelyn travelled for a little while with Six, but eventually returned to Villag and married Rossiter. In this adventure Six takes Mel to visit Evelyn. Later Evelyn/Six adventures are set in the period between arrangements for war and thicker than water.

This is a decent little character piece that looks at the relationship between the Doctor and his companions, and shows all the facets of Six's character. It shows him at his emotionally distant and petulant worst, and at his compassionate and heroic best. The story between him and Evelyn, as Evelyn moves on, is beautifully and believably done.

As well as the character piece there is a decent little adventure with mad scientists and weird experiments, kidnappings and dastardly deeds. A real cracker of a story, a worthy successor to arrangements.

Of especial note is Baker's performance. He really shows all the sides of the Doctor's character, and the depth of emotion he and Maggie Stables bring to the piece is quite staggering. 5 stars for this real belter of a story with a lot more depth than the usual run around.
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