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Something Inside: Come on if you think you're hard enough?!?!?
on 13 February 2013
This is the eighty third 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 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.
After the tense, interesting and esciting `Time Works', I found this to be an underwhelming adventure for Eight and his companions. There's a feeling of over familiarity, been there done that. Strange psychic monsters. An amnesiac Doctor. LOTS of running around corridors. A small group of people isolated and under siege. The first three episodes a nothing new. Worse, though the actors do their best (especially the three principles) it is poorly written, with too much running up and down screaming `the mind worm is coming', and not even the great Paul McGann can d much with a line as banal and out of character as `come on if you think you're hard enough'. And as for the resolutions of the various situations for the Doc, it does seem all a bit too easy, merely invoking his superior mental powers and suddenly everything is OK. And the writing is so poor that I never really got a sense of the cube, no sense of place to visualise the story in.
In the final episode, to their credit, things do get a little more interesting as the remaining characters try to work out which one is unconsciously the monster, but it is too little too late.
The final nail in the coffin, for me, is the music. All the way through there is a somewhat incongruous eighties disco soundtrack that keeps invading the story.
In all, poorly written, overlong (a shade over two hours, and it drags) and despite a brave attempt from the cast it's a bit of a dud. It's not as bad as some of the real clunkers (the travesty that was Nekromanteia) so two stars.