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5.0 out of 5 stars Singularity
This full cast audio drama features the Fifth Doctor, as played by Peter Davison, with Turlough, played by Mark Strickson. There are not that many stories that have just the Doctor and Turlough (without Nyssa and/or Tegan) so this, to me is a real delight. I like the characterisation of Turlough and the way he plays off against the Doctor, so it’s a bonus to have...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Singularly underwhelming
Singularity features the Fifth Doctor and his companion the enigmatic public schoolboy Turlough. Writer James Swallow can usually be relied upon to produce something interesting but this is really very ordinary. I though more could have been done with Turlough, who has the potential to be a complicated and intriguing character, but in all three of his Big Finish outings...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Singularity, 29 July 2014
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This full cast audio drama features the Fifth Doctor, as played by Peter Davison, with Turlough, played by Mark Strickson. There are not that many stories that have just the Doctor and Turlough (without Nyssa and/or Tegan) so this, to me is a real delight. I like the characterisation of Turlough and the way he plays off against the Doctor, so it’s a bonus to have him able to take the full weight of the role of companion in this four-part story.

The Tardis is caught up in a strange kind of time anomaly, and the Doctor lands her – to find they are in Moscow, Russia in the near future. But there is a building that is well out of its time, just behind the Kremlin – the Somnus Tower. Who are the Somnus Foundation, and what are they doing? When Turlough rescues a young woman who claims that the Somnus ‘Sleepers’ have taken her brother against his will, the Doctor is determined to investigate. Not only that, but time fractures are causing ripple effects that the Doctor fears are linked to the Somnus Foundation.

Part of what makes this story so very intriguing is that the listener is often privy to information that the Doctor is not – we get to go inside the Somnus Foundation, and hear the plottings of those in the building. How is it that they seem to know the Doctor, or at least of Timelords? And what can all this possibly mean for humanity? Only the Doctor can stop them; but is he responsible for their actions in the first place?

Great stuff – fully populated with well-rounded and well-realised characters, and with Peter Davison and Mark Strickson playing their parts superbly, this is a really good, in-depth story that takes the listener to new places in Earth and Timelord history. Huge in scope, and audacious in outline, this story stretches across eternity, and then some. Fantastic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Singularity: A singularly good Who Audio, 8 Feb 2013
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This is the seventy sixth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five and Mark Strickson as Turlough. 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.

This is only the third appearance of Vizlor Turlough in 76 Big Finish releases and about 20 appearances of the Fifth Doctor. And it's a shame, because of all the companions he was one of the best, with a complex character.

Here Five and Turlough find themselves in the Russia of the near future. But something is very wrong, there are cracks in time and it seems to be emanating from the secretive Somnes cult. So far so standard. But the plot just gets better. I can't say any more as it will spoil things, but the revelation as to who the villains really are is a brilliant idea. Not only that, but Davison puts in a better than usual performance as the Doctor, his reactions as the revelations hit home are just perfect. As with his previous two Big Finish outings, Turlough gets a lot to do and once again comes across as a thoroughly believable character. He is given the opportunity to grow as a character, showing his transformation from cowardly TARDIS newbie to seasoned traveller willing to go out on a limb to help others.

One of the best of the Big Finish Range. Especially for the closing scene. 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Doctor Who Audio Adventure, 19 Mar 2014
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CD Info.
2xCD's of a 4 episode story, Running time 130 minutes approx.

Trivia.
1)This had a unique variant cover design by Stuart Manning exclusive to sci-fi store 10th Planet.
2)The Doctor tells Turlough he is not welcome in the Kremlin.
3)Pavel's conspiracy theory files include a photograph of a Yeti.
4)Turlough mentions he tired of the cold Russian climate & wishes to travel to somewhere warm with tropical beaches & bikini girls which links into the tv story Planet Of Fire.

Synopsis.
The Fifth Doctor & Turlough arrive in Moscow in the near future & become involved in a conspiracy concerning the Somnus Foundation who will cause the current event's of earths history to change were mankind shall evolve into a godlike form of infinite power.

The Doctor knows however that the human race is destined to fight & struggle for it's very existence by fighting natural disasters & the conflicts of war to carving out a empire of it's own, This is Earths future & the Doctor has seen these event's unfold.

Beneath the towering headquarters of the Somnus Foundation a dark power is manifesting which will soon to be unleashed upon the street's of Moscow.

Time is fracturing & history is about to burn in it's wake.

Timelord Thoughts.
I wasn't sure what to make of this in this story's opening 15 minutes but I soon became pleasantly surprised as to just how good this story is, Writer James Swallow has written a enjoyable cracking paced audio adventure here.

Peter Davison gives a believable performance as the Fifth Doctor as he tries to stop earths history fron being altered & Swallow is one of a few writer's who can write well for Turlough & this audio play does justice to the Turlough character maturing him as a character as he's so wonderfully played by actor Mark Strickson whom is allowed a lot more to do in this story

The plot is engaging full of mystery & intrigue aidied by plenty of twists & turns as writer James Swallow has no doubt written a great slice of Sci-fi hokum here that delivers a superb enriching story & a great final scene that sticks in your mind long after you've listerned to it.

Anoher high quality drama from Big Finish productions & another one of my favourite Big Finish Fifth Doctor audio adventures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars future comes back to haunt us, 24 May 2006
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Another audio adventure for the fifth doctor, paired on this occasion with travelling companion turlough. Mark Strickson who plays turlough isn't available to do these very often due to work commitments, so it's nice to hear him again.

The tardis lands in 21st century moscow, on the track of strange readings from a building. the setting is very well realised on audio, and you can imagine you're in a cold city just by listening to it. Teaming up with a lady who is on the track of her brother, who has joined a religious cult based in the building, the doctor promptly finds a deadly threat to the future of the human race.

A superb entry in the series, this. It's good strong science fiction, the supporting cast are all excellent and add good depth to their roles. Particularly those of them with east european accents, which adds the required flavour to the play. The story takes a few interesting twists and turns, and pays off big time in the later episodes when the threat comes into play.

The villains dialogue is a little cliched at times, but that is a minor quibble. This is an excellent doctor who audio that is a great piece of genuine science fiction as well. And you will not forget the last scene in a hurry
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3.0 out of 5 stars Singularly underwhelming, 2 April 2009
This review is from: Singularity (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Singularity features the Fifth Doctor and his companion the enigmatic public schoolboy Turlough. Writer James Swallow can usually be relied upon to produce something interesting but this is really very ordinary. I though more could have been done with Turlough, who has the potential to be a complicated and intriguing character, but in all three of his Big Finish outings he doesn't seem to have developed at all from the faintly sullen and devious character we first met in the TV story 'Mawdryn Undead'.
The story is set in Moscow in the fairly near future, and The Doctor and Turlough come across the mysterious Somnus Foundation, otherwise known as 'The Sleepers'.
While the performances from the cast are pretty good, I just couldn't engage with the story and would have to say that it's not worth bothering with unless you are a completist.
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