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4.0 out of 5 stars Scaredy Cat: Ecologically sound adventure that recycles a lot of old ideas (Warning, contains spoilers)
This is the seventy fifth 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 Charlie and Conrad Westmaas as C'rizz. 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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Revenge of the Living Planet...again.
‘Scaredy Cat’ is a passable Doctor Who adventure, with a slightly contrived yet well-paced storyline. A lot of the elements are over-familiar from other stories – mad scientists, a serial killer bad guy with hammy dialogue, a living planet – but the performances and production are generally solid enough for this to remain an enjoyable back to...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Revenge of the Living Planet...again., 3 Dec 2005
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‘Scaredy Cat’ is a passable Doctor Who adventure, with a slightly contrived yet well-paced storyline. A lot of the elements are over-familiar from other stories – mad scientists, a serial killer bad guy with hammy dialogue, a living planet – but the performances and production are generally solid enough for this to remain an enjoyable back to basics 8th Doctor story. One mild bone of contention is the very short running time, with a story that would easily fit onto 1 CD being spread onto 2 in order to bump the price up. Hmmm…
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3.0 out of 5 stars Who's A Scaredy Cat?, 11 July 2014
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Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Scaredy Cat (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who: Scaredy Cat.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor.
Companion(s): Charley, C'rizz.
Main enemy: Eunis Flood.
Main setting: Endarra.
Writer: Will Shindler.
Director: Nigel Fairs.
Release number: 75.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 75 minutes.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul McGann.
Charley Pollard - India Fisher.
C'rizz - Conrad Westmaas.
Eunis Flood - Michael Chance.
Arken - Arthur Bostrom.
Bronik - Spencer Mclaren.
Niah - Rosalind Blessed.
Eldrin - Ellis Pike.
Galayana - Linda Bartram.

Trivia.
1)Niah is played by Rosalind Blessed daughter of actor Brian Blessed.
2)The Doctor refers to the creation of the Daleks & the creation of the Cybermen, both of which he witnessed.
3)The Doctor carries jelly babies with him & says he is partial to the red ones, He believes that his current body heals faster than the previous one.
4)Endarra is the uninhabited twin world of the planet Caludaar.
5)Jelna wasps will not react harshly if only disturbed once, but if disturbed further will sting their foe to death.
6)Saravin is a substance used in chemical warfare.
7)The Tardis gardens were designed by the Doctor using Block Transfer Computation.

Plot Synopsis.
"Yaranaa!"
It means literally 'the soul of the vengeful' — those whose lives have been cut short early & died with empty hearts.

Millennia ago, the people of the planet Caludaar pledged never to set foot on their sister planet Endarra...

But what secrets does the planet hold? There are laws even the Doctor won't break while C'rizz learns that some tragedies can't be averted, Charley must decide who the enemy actually is.

For death walks on Endarra & this time she won't be denied...

Timelord Thoughts.
Scaredy Cat has received a lot of scathing criticism over the years yet it's not quite as bad as some claim, Will Shindler script is a great idea thats hampered by the short 75 minute run time as is this had been 4 part episodes running for 120 minutes it could've given a more detailed backstory to the plot.

I feel Paul McGann, India Fisher & Conrad Westmaas lacked any interest in their acting in this adventure seemingly phoning in their performances, the only standout character for me was Michael Chance as Eunis Flood who at least delivers a decent menacing villian.

The plot is muddled & a little confusing & why this is a 2 CD release is beyond me as all 4 episodes could easily have fitted on to one disc.

Overall, Scaredy Cat is a uninspiring Doctor Who adventure featuring a bland plot & uninspiring performances throughout which is a pity as with a bit more attention to detail this could've been something quite special.

Timelord Raing.
5/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Scaredy Cat: Ecologically sound adventure that recycles a lot of old ideas (Warning, contains spoilers), 8 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Scaredy Cat (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the seventy fifth 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 Charlie and Conrad Westmaas as C'rizz. 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.

I suppose one of the problems of being involved in a series as long running as Doctor Who is that eventually the ideas start to dry up and it becomes difficult to be fresh and original every single month. To an extent that seems to be a problem here, with lots of old ideas (mad scientists, living planets, companions having to learn the futility of trying to change the future, etc, etc) being recycled. On the plus side however, all involved do a thoroughly professional job and an entertaining adventure results. McGann and Westmaas have some particularly good moments as they investigate the unfortunate past of the planet Endarra. Arthur Bostrom plays an excellent scientist driven to the edge by his obsession. It was a surprise when I read the cast list, as the voice was familiar but I couldn't place it. I guess it was because he was speaking normally and not with the mangled French accent of his most famous character Officer Crabtree from Allo Allo.

There is a strong feeling of familiarity and having been here before, but largely papered over by a committed cast and crew. 4 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ...sitting on the doormat, 15 April 2009
This review is from: Scaredy Cat (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
"Yaranaa!"
It means literally 'the soul of the vengeful': Those whose lives have been cut short early and died with empty hearts.
Millennia ago, the people of the planet Caludaar pledged never to set foot on their sister planet Endarra...
But what secrets does the planet hold? There are laws even the Doctor won't break...
And while C'rizz learns that some tragedies can't be averted, Charley must decide who the enemy actually is.
For death walks on Endarra, and this time she won't be denied...

A decent if uninspiring entry in the Big Finish monthly series; worth a listen but far from the best of the lot.
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