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4.0 out of 5 stars beware the clockwork men, 7 Sep 2006
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Time Works (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
But not the ones from the tv episode the girl in the fireplace. This is a completely different lot. An unfortunate coincidence, but that shouldn't be allowed to get in the way of a good bit of traditional doctor who.

The eighth doctor and his companions arrive in a world where time is frozen. And nasty clockwork robots edit people's existence during the frozen periods. This is a relatively primitive society that is in the grip of a nasty organisation, ruled over by a nasty machine, that run the planet with an iron fist, and root out anything that's vaguely inefficient.

This is clearly a satire on modern corporations and their business practises. The story works well in that respect, and never gets in the way of the rest of it, with the doctor and co. inspiring great change by their actions.

Good characters, and a decent story. It's not classic stuff, but it's good solid doctor who by a writer who knows how to produce it, and it's a very good listen
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robots, Clocks & The Eighth Doctor, 19 Nov 2013
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Time Works (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Time Works.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor
Companion(s):Charley, C'rizz
Main enemy: The Figurehead
Main setting: Industry
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Steve Lyons
Director: Edward Salt
Music: Andy Hardwick
Release number: 80
2xCD - 4 Episodes.
Running Time 110 minutes.

Positive.
1)A great story this from Steve Lyons.
2)Paul McGanns Doctor is exellent in this intriguing adventure.
3)Great creepy moments throughout.

Negative.
I couldn't find any as I found this audio adventure enjoyable.

Trivia.
1)Tracy Childs appears in this adventure but is best known as Doctor Elizabeth Klein in several Seventh Doctor audio adventures.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul McGann
Charley Pollard - India Fisher
C'rizz - Conrad Westmaas
Kestorian - Ronald Pickup
The Figurehead - Tracey Childs
Vannet - Beth Vyse
Zanith - Adrian Schiller
Collis - Philip Edgerley
Revnon - Merryn Owen

What's Up Doc.
You want to know about the Clockwork Men?

We work in their shadow, every tick & tock of our lives. We hear them in the workings of the Great Clock. We work hard, turn our hands -- but we all wind down in time, & that is when they come for us: when our time is up.'

The TARDIS lands in between times, in a time where this is no time. A time in which nothing can possibly be. But something is...

The Doctor, Charley & C'rizz are rats in the wheelwork, a threat to the schedule of a world where timing is everything, the seconds are counting down to a fateful future that has already happened. Unless they can beat the clock.

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a underrated Gem of a story written by Steve Lyons featuring the Eighth Doctor, Charlie & Crizz.

The Doctor & his Companions Charlie & Crizz arrive on a strange planet that experiences a time between times as the space between a tick & tock of a clock thats ticking away brings about the clockwork men so why are moments of time being frozen here?

When these frozen moments in time occur were inbetween a tick & tock can become fatal for it's inhabitants memorys as they are being wiped from existence during these frozen periods of time by the clockwork robots.

A tyrannical regime runs through this mostly primative planet & as the Doctor & his companions are split up the Doctor is pulled into the time stream & must work out who is messing around in time manipulation that's bending time?

This audio is a intriguing one by writer Steve Lyons who delivers
a great script that requires the listener's full attention throughout.

Paul McGann gives another splendid performance as the Eighth Doctor & I love his moments of sarcasm in this story, while Charley & C'rizz facing many encounters with the terrifying Clockwork Men which are quite creepy.

This is a overlooked Gem of a audio adventure & is a intriguing & imaginative story by Steve Lyons including a top-notch set of cliffhangers & is highly recommended listen for fans of the Eighth Doctor audio adventures.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Works: Between the tick and the tock a classic adventure emerges, 11 Feb 2013
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is the eightieth 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 Ronald Pickup as Kestorian. 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.

This is an interesting and entertaining adventure for the Eighth Doctor and his companions. They land on a world where time seems frozen. Soon They are split up as the Doctor is pulled into the time stream, leaving Charlie and C'Rizz in the moment between the tick and the tock. What follows is a classic adventure in which the three must deal not only with a tyrannical regime but also the effects of time manipulation and all the mind bending logic problems that can entail.

With some sarcastic comments to make about the nature of bureaucracy and the tendency for it to take over at the expense of everything else, this has an intelligent and fun script. The actors embrace it wholeheartedly, especially McGann who relishes the scenes where the Doctor gets his Universe saving mojo back, and an in form Ronald Pickup who makes a deep impression as the noble Kestorian.

In all a cracking release from B ig Finish. Certainly one of the most entertaining adventures for this particular TARDIS crew. 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time Works Review, 19 April 2009
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A very enjoyable story, nothing bad to say about the delivery, on time and in excellent state
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...or does it?, 15 April 2009
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"You want to know about the Time Keepers?

"We work in their shadow, every tick and tock of our lives. We hear them in the workings of the Great Clock. We work hard, turn our hands - but we all wind down in time, and that is when they come for us: when our time is up."

The TARDIS lands in between times, in a time where this is no time. A time in which nothing can possibly be. But something is...

The Doctor, Charley and C'rizz are rats in the wheelwork, a threat to the schedule of a world where timing is everything. And the seconds are counting down to a fateful future that has already happened. Unless they can beat the clock.

Tick, tock.

An intriguing story featuring the Eighth Doctor, Charley and alien companion C'rizz; the three are now bedded in and work well as a unit. One of those 'timey-wimey' stories as the Tenth Doctor would say; it is engaging and interesting if a little convoluted - one that requires the listener's full attention.
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