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4.0 out of 5 stars Pier Pressure
This is another in the wonderful Big Finish range of original audio adventures. This story features the Sixth Doctor (as played by Colin Baker) and Evelyn Smythe (as played by Maggie Stables). Deciding the Doctor needs a holiday, Evelyn persuades him to go to the seaside. Brighton seems appealing, and 1936 seems a good year. But there’s something waiting off the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming Sixth Doctor Audio Adventure
Doctor Who: Pier Pressure.

Product Info.
4 episodes on 2 CD's
Running time 130 minutes
Author: Robert Ross

Cast.
The Doctor - Colin Baker
Evelyn Smythe - Maggie Stables
Professor Talbot - Doug Bradley
Max Miller - Roy Hudd.

Positive.
Colin Baker gives a great performance lifting this from a 2 star...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming Sixth Doctor Audio Adventure, 23 Oct. 2013
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pier Pressure (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who: Pier Pressure.

Product Info.
4 episodes on 2 CD's
Running time 130 minutes
Author: Robert Ross

Cast.
The Doctor - Colin Baker
Evelyn Smythe - Maggie Stables
Professor Talbot - Doug Bradley
Max Miller - Roy Hudd.

Positive.
Colin Baker gives a great performance lifting this from a 2 star review to a 3 stars.
Supporting Cast Roy Hudd is perfect casting as comedian Max Miller.
This is Robert Ross second Big Finish that is loosely linked to Medicinal Purposes & Assassins In The Limelight.

Negative.
The story should have delivered so much more & in parts seems to talky & not enough action focused on the mystery.

Trivia.
Katy Manning cameos in this as the Barmaid.
Paul Merton was considered for Max Miller.
Doug Bradley(Professor Talbot), Is better known for playing Pinhead in the Hellraiser film franchise.

Audio Info.
This is a 4 part Adventure on 2 CDS running time 125 minutes.

Review.

The Doctor & companion Evelyn arrive in the Tardis to Brighton in the year 1936 were the meet comic legend Max Miller & young couple Emily & Albert.

The Doctor is told in their conversations with Max,Emily & Albert that a body has been discovered on the Pier so The Doctor decides to investigate the mystery.

The Doctor stumbles on Professor Talbot former manager of the Pier & now a fortune teller & a dealer in the occult of the dark arts senses something suspiciously evil is going on here breaking in he confronts Talbot to no avail.

Splitting up Evelyn & Max go to the Tardis while Emily & Albert go a walk along the Pier.

Emily is killed by Professor Talbot who possesses her body using her to attack The Doctor & Albert but manage to escape death & going to the ship.

The Doctor works out Talbot vanished after the Great War & is a part a Alien entity whom consumes emotions of happiness on the Pier but instead absorbed negative emotions from The Great War.

Can The Doctor stop the Alien threat & find a solution to the Entitys attacks or will the Alien Entity consume Earth with it's organic species destroying the entire human race using Earth as it's new Home?

This isn't the worst story Big Finish have produced but it had so much content & a great writer to deliver a great story & instead the narrative fall's flat.

Colin Baker at least trys to wring some tension out of a weak story but is limited to what he can do.

Roy Hudd does well as Max Miller being perfectly cast whom brings a likeable warmth to the role.

Doug Bradley is another savior of this not being a 2 star review as he lifts his character of Processor Talbot from the mundane to the mysterious.

This was written by Medicinal Purposes & Assassin's In The Limelight Robert Ross who's storys usually deliver great historical twists & great tension but here the pacing is uneven & there seems to be to much talking & not enough doing.

Not bad but not great just a very average Doctor Who Adventure.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pier Pressure, 11 Feb. 2014
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Keen Reader "lhendry4" (Auckland, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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This is another in the wonderful Big Finish range of original audio adventures. This story features the Sixth Doctor (as played by Colin Baker) and Evelyn Smythe (as played by Maggie Stables). Deciding the Doctor needs a holiday, Evelyn persuades him to go to the seaside. Brighton seems appealing, and 1936 seems a good year. But there’s something waiting off the pier at the seaside that’s not so appealing. As Albert and his young lady Emily are about to find out. But all is not lost, because the darling of the Brighton seaside, Max Miller is on hand to assist the Doctor and Evelyn.

This is a great story; part historical, part alien, and fully invested with the character of Max Miller. I love the way bits of music play behind his narrative, and Roy Hudd plays him brilliantly. The backchat between him and Evelyn is delightful. And the villain of the piece, as played by Doug Bradley is absolutely brilliant. The way he alternates his voice between the hapless human host and the alien presence is just astonishing.

There’s quite a lot of talking in this story, and not a whole lot of action. If you’re looking for action-packed whizz bang alien adventure, this is not the story for you. But it’s invested with so much humanity, Emily and Albert are such great young characters, Max Miller is a joy to listen to, and the Doctor is in full flow for so much of the story that time just flies by. The character of Professor Talbot is wonderful; in fact, everyone in this story is wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and I’d happily listen to it again; it’s a reflective piece, a great slice of British seaside life, with a tinge of Hammer horror. Great stuff.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I've got one for you, 28 Jun. 2007
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pier Pressure (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
It's this new doctor who audio play, right? It's four episodes long, and it features the sixth doctor and his latest companion, evelyn smythe. They come to brighton in 1936, meet max miller, and enlist his help in dealing with some evil lurking at the end of the pier. And they manage to tie that nicely into real history.

There's some great recreation of the time period - you might want to look up the films that the character billy mentions he's been in, as you won't believe who he really is - and decent guest star acting, particularly from roy hudd playing the great stand up comic max miller.

But this one isn't as good as it could be, because the episodes are about five to ten minutes too long, and everyone spends a lot of time standing around talking about evil things without actually doing much about them. Particularly the actual villains.

So this is a pretty good story, but if it had been shorter and sharper, it could have been so much better
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, slow adventure, 8 April 2006
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Jane Aland (England) - See all my reviews
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This story finds the 6th Doctor and companion Evelyn (who only left a couple of stories ago, but whatever) fighting against `pure evil' on Brighton Pier in 1936. Author Robert Ross has a nice setting, and a reasonable central conceit (the Doctor meets comedian Mix Miller) but sadly the actual story itself is a collection of unoriginal worn out clichés: evil aliens wanting to invade Earth, possessed characters acting like zombies, the Heroic Sacrifice of a supporting character to save the day - it's mind-numbing Doctor-Who-By-Numbers. Some reasonable performances, especially from `Hellraiser's Doug Bradley, but the unoriginal story and the slight plot stretched out over 2 hours makes this a disappointing seaside adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Sixth Doctor audios., 4 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Pier Pressure (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
"Pier Pressure" has been written off, or at least given a battering, for being thin on plot and heavy on meandering dialogue. Yes, there are some drawn out conversations between the protagonists, but I think the point of "Pier Pressure" is that it is a character piece - writer Robert Ross concentrates more on the banter between his characters rather than in ladling on a convoluted plot which might otherwise detract from the enjoyment of the dialogue. I find it highly atmospheric and rather elegaic in quality, and Roy Hudd's performance in particular is lovely. The Brighton setting works well, the cast is uniformly great, and there is a real spark to much of the script. Underrated.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pun-ishingly good, 2 April 2009
This review is from: Pier Pressure (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
I really enjoyed this audio story with its creepy setting in 1930s Brighton. It's a solid and dependable Earthbound mystery, which makes a change from some of the more exotic and frankly 'jargony' Big Finish audios of recent months.
Colin Baker - definitely the best audio Doctor - is on song again, as he investigates the horrible noises and eerie lights coming from somewhere under Brighton pier. With the great Roy Hudd playing music hall legend Max Miller, this is a real treat - plus it has zombies! What more could you ask for? The only fly in the ointment is the increasingly irritating sexegenarian currently hanging out with The Doctor (Evelyn Smythe) but this aside it is a fine audio with a top-notch cast firing on all cylinders.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pier Pressure: A waste of some good ideas and some good actors, 8 Feb. 2013
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This is the seventy eighth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six, Maggie Stablees as Evelyn and in an inspired move, Roy Hudd as Max Miller. There are 4 episodes, roughly 30-35 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.

It starts off well. Set in the period (I think) between the events of Arrangements for War and Evelyn leaving he TARDIS to marry Rossiter (so preceding the last Evelyn/Doctor story to be released, Thicker than Water) we find ourselves in 1930s Brighton, in the company of Max Miller (convincingly played by that old trouper Roy Hudd) and Billy, who is (pleasingly for the fans) a character of great significance to Who history. But after the excellent setting the adventure really falls flat. It is over long, and full of clunky exposition without much action. And the exposition makes little or no sense. I caught some flashes of interesting ideas, such as the ruminations on the nature of evil that reminded me of Brighton Rock. But largely the plot was very dull and very badly put across.

There are highlights that make this worth a listen, notable Roy Hudd as the irrepressible cheeky chappie, and Baker and Stables working well off each other. But the uninspired script makes it a difficult listen. 3 stars.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a decent script for Colin Baker., 4 Jan. 2007
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Mr. R. G. Levere "Kaneleigh" (Essex, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pier Pressure (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Being a fan of Doctor Who I am nearly always left disappointed by the television series once it gets to Colin Baker. By then the BBC seem to have cut the budget and lost interest in the show and it suffered badly. Baker was never a bad choice for the doctor but unfortunately inherited the role at a time when interest appeared to be waining.

Robert Ross has however created a perfect story for the the doctor here set in Brighton where friends include Max Miller. Ross allows the doctor room to breathe and with this new freedom Baker shines as the truly great doctor he deserved to be.

Throughly entertaining and witty this is Doctor Who at it's best!!!!!
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