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4.0 out of 5 stars Dopplegangers
London, 1851.

Scene of the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations. Scene also of a plot to un-seat the government, de-throne the monarch and start a republic. If the Duke of Wellington himself is to be believed...

While the Doctor and Charley are drawn into the murky world of nineteenth-century politics, C'rizz struggles to maintain...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Has Doctor Who Lost The Plot?
Other Lives.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor.
Companion(s): Charley, C'rizz.
Main enemy: Jacob Crackles.
Main setting: London, 1851.
Publisher: Big Finish Productions.
Writer: Gary Hopkins.
Director: Gary Russell.
Release number: 77.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 130 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dopplegangers, 15 April 2009
This review is from: Other Lives (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
London, 1851.

Scene of the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations. Scene also of a plot to un-seat the government, de-throne the monarch and start a republic. If the Duke of Wellington himself is to be believed...

While the Doctor and Charley are drawn into the murky world of nineteenth-century politics, C'rizz struggles to maintain his dignity against growing odds. What begins as an attempt to prevent murder quickly becomes a desperate race to avert revolution. Separated from the TARDIS, the travellers are left to wonder if they'll get their own lives back or be forever entangled with the lives of others.

And who is Mrs Georgina Marlow? What need does she feel the Doctor can satisfy?

I am personally a big fan of Doctor Who set in Victorian England; some of the best stories have come from this juxtaposition (The Unquiet Dead, The Next Doctor, The peerless 'Talons of Weng-Chiang' to name but three). Other Lives is a light-hearted romp and is easy listening without any of the continuity and baggage that too often accompanies these audio plays. Having said that it is light-hearted, C'rizz certainly wouldn't agree as he is captured by the grotesquely Dickensian Jacob Crackles and turned into a freak show. Overall this is a thoroughly engaging and very strong Doctor Who story and I just hope that there are more like this in the bag.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Has Doctor Who Lost The Plot?, 23 Jun 2014
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Other Lives (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Other Lives.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor.
Companion(s): Charley, C'rizz.
Main enemy: Jacob Crackles.
Main setting: London, 1851.
Publisher: Big Finish Productions.
Writer: Gary Hopkins.
Director: Gary Russell.
Release number: 77.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 130 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.

Cast.
The Doctor/Edward Marlow - Paul McGann.
Charley Pollard/Madame De Roche - India Fisher.
C'rizz/Monsieur De Roche - Conrad Westmaas.
The Duke of Wellington - Ron Moody.
Mr. Fazackerly - Michael Hobbs.
Jacob Crackles - Mike Holloway.
Maxi - Peter Howe.
Georgina Marlow - Francesca Hunt.
Rufus Dimplesqueeze - Maitland Chandler.

Trivia.
1)The Doctor adjusts the isomorphic controls of the TARDIS to allow C'rizz to open the doors.
2)The Doctor performs several sleight-of-hand tricks in order to earn enough money to enter the Great Exhibition.
3)C'rizz does not know what a greenhouse is.
4)The Doctor tells Georgina Marlow that he has never thought of himself as a family man.
5)To date, this is the only pure historical story in performed Doctor Who to feature the Eighth Doctor.
6)Paul McGann, India Fisher and Conrad Westmaas all play dual roles in this story.
7)Actor Ron Moody was first choice to take over from Patrick Troughton as the Third Doctor but he turned the role down, something he has recently commented that he now regrets doing.

Plot Synopsis.
The Eighth Doctor takes his companions to the great exhibition in London, 1851: while visiting the Great Exhibition, the Eighth Doctor, Charley and C'rizz are separated from the TARDIS & each other, While an assassination plot threatens a,political revolution and set up a republic resistance.

While Charley meets the Duke of Westhampton, C'rizz becomes kidnapped by local street thugs whom is put on display as a freak; the Doctor saves a French couple from assassination by letting them into his TARDIS, but gets mistaken for their assailant when the TARDIS dematerialises all of a sudden.

In prison the Doctor meets the real assassin and inadvertently helps him escape, the next morning a woman claiming to be his wife posts his bail as the woman keeps trying to convince the Doctor that he is her husband but after another incident with the assassin, he is told that she already knows.

The Woman claims she needed his likeness to fool her husband's uncle so that she and her children will be able to keep their home, the Doctor decides to play along with the charade & returns to the Crystal Palace afterwards, where he finds C'rizz, Charley & the Tardis as the travellers must reunite or be stranded forever.

Timelord Thoughts..
Other Lives by writer Gary Hopkins is currently the only Eighth Doctor's historical adventure on audio as the Doctor, Charley and C'rizz are separated from each other after the Doctor let the TARDIS escape with a woman called Georgina in tow at the Great Exhibition in London 1851.

Paul McGann once again delivers an excellent performance as the Eighth Doctor & issues some straight talking to Georgina telling her she is a bad mother & she should take better care of her son while playing the eccentric showman on stage by doing sleight of hand tricks to pay his entrance fee, again during the adventure the Doctor is falsely arrested, sentenced & jailed which is common in any typical Doctor Who adventure.

Were Other Lives suffers is in it's plot ( it has one somewhere about an assassination attempt on the Duke Of Wellington to bring about a political revolution) in favour of more character written drama, which doesn't quite work as theres no urgency to deal with a threat or menace, while the Doctors companions Charley whom at one stage is mistaken as a prostitute which is wonderfully played by actress India Fisher & Conrad Westmaas who's character C'rizz fares far better in this story who is kidnapped chained up & put on display as a freak being publicly humiliated.

Overall Other Lives is a slightly above average audio adventure lite on plot rich on character drama with a excellent performance by Paul McGann as the Doctor, India Fisher as Charley Pollard & guest star Ron Moody playing a cheeky but likeable Duke Of Wellington in a relaxed paced historical audio adventure instead of the usual alien invasions & power mad megalomaniacs.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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2.0 out of 5 stars Other Lives: People in glass palaces should not throw stones. Or lose TARDISes, 8 Feb 2013
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This is the seventy seventh 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, Conrad Westmaas as C'rizz and Ron Moody as his Grace Arthur Wellesley Duke of Wellington. 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.

The three travellers find themselves in the great exhibition of 1851. Pretty soon they are separated from the TARDIS, and for various reasons all find themselves playing other people while they try to find each other and the TARDIS. It's kind of OK, but to be honest it's a bit dull. There is no sense of danger, the threat of revolution that The Duke keeps banging on about seems very remote, and the Doctor faces very little peril at all in his rather domestic strand. C'Rizz has some good moments, especially his final scene with the owner of the freak show who has enslaved him. But in all it's just three characters pottering around Victorian London (and it could have been anywhere anywhen to be honest)and not really doing much before hopping into the TARDIS and leaving. The tale feels padded for the most part, then has a very rushed ending that sits awkwardly. It's also over long, clocking in at about 2 hours 10 minutes. 10-15 minutes could easly have been trimmed off and the sense of padding the runtime lost.

Not Big Finish's finest release, despite committed performances, especially from McGann and Ron Moody, who really relishes his part. 2 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars what the dickens!, 7 Sep 2006
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Other Lives (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
The eighth doctor and his companions visit london in the 1850's to see the great exhibition. Typically things go a little pear shaped, and the three are separated, lost in the city, and the tardis is gone.

How will they cope? The doctor meets a woman who thinks he is her long lost husband. C'rizz is captured by the nasty owner of a freak show. And charley falls in with the duke of wellington.

The story is very much in the style of charles dickens, a victorian drama showing what happens to the three of them next. An engaging piece of character with some well drawn protagonists this is an enjoyable listen. But it's very short on plot. And it's also a bit too long for it's own good.

This is a perfectly decent audio. But with a bit more drama and a bit less length, it could have been so much more
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2.0 out of 5 stars bites off more than it can chew, 18 Mar 2008
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fanofmanythings (Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Other Lives (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
when I read the sinopsis of this show, I was extremely excited, however, I find myself extremely disappointed. Charlie has always wanted to see the great exhibition, so off they go, The Doctor, Charlie and Keris. soon, Keris is in a freek show, The doctor has been taken home by a woman who is convinced he is her husband, Charlie is making the best of things staying with the Duke of Wellington, [brilliantly performed by Ron Moody that's what the two star rating is for] and the Tardis has taken off by itself with 2 visiting french diplomats inside. The foundation of any story, and in particular a doctor who story is a problem or set of problems, these problems however, the writer seems to have been unable to solve in a convincing way, so opts for the cop out of having the problems almost miraculously solve themselves. To me, it seems like the writer got carried away creating problems over 3 eppisodes, and then panicked over how to solve them all in the last 25 minutes. The previous reviewer of this story has called it dickensean, and it does at times seem to be a vehicle for redisplaying stereotypical characters of the victorian era. In the big finish sinopsis, it says that the Duke of Wellington believes there is a revolutionary plot to overthrow the government, but no evidence of such a plot appears in the story, and while the Duke does mention his fear of "the mob and the guilotine" he seems to have no immediate fear of revolt, nor evidence for fearing one. I therefore think the information given on the cover of this product is misleading. I think the idea of Keris being put in a freek show is quite plausable given his apparent wild or strange appearance, but the whole business with the woman, her long lost husband and the miserly uncle really doesn't work, and is just one strand too many in this story. There are however some very nice performances in this, the villiness Jacob Crackles, the butler fazacally, and as I said the Duke, are all played to perfection, I think it is sad that these wonderful characters are let down by such a half baked plot.
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