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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mind's Eye and Mission of the Viyrans: Life is difficult enough without you telling me that it's not real!
This is the hundred and second release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five, Nicola Bryant as Peri and Caroline Morris as Erimem. There are two stories here, the first three episodes are an adventure called `The Minds Eye', the fourth episode a one part story called `Mission Of The...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Plants & Mysterious Viyrans Await The Fifth Doctor
Doctor Who :The Mind's Eye.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion(s): Peri Brown, Erimem.
Main enemy: Hayton Takol.
Main setting: YT45.
Writer: Colin Brake.
Director: Barnaby Edwards.
Release number 102.
Format: 3 individual episodes on 2 CDs plus Mission Of The Viyrans 1 individual episode.
Running time 90 minutes(The Mind's Eye),30...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Deadly Plants & Mysterious Viyrans Await The Fifth Doctor, 26 Jun. 2014
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Doctor Who :The Mind's Eye.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion(s): Peri Brown, Erimem.
Main enemy: Hayton Takol.
Main setting: YT45.
Writer: Colin Brake.
Director: Barnaby Edwards.
Release number 102.
Format: 3 individual episodes on 2 CDs plus Mission Of The Viyrans 1 individual episode.
Running time 90 minutes(The Mind's Eye),30 minutes(Mission Of The Viyran).

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes inteviews.

Cast.
The Doctor - Peter Davison.
Peri Brown - Nicola Bryant.
Erimem - Caroline Morris.
Hayton - Owen Teale.
Major Takol - Rebecca Front.
Kyle - Thomas Sangster.
Ukarme - Richard Laing.
Andree - Nicola Weeks.

Trivia.
1)The Mind's Eye is three episodes long, The remaining episode on the second disc is Mission of the Viyrans.
2)History arbitrarily places this story in 2850, as it's set in the time of the Earth Empire.
3)Kyropites and Jekylls are again seen in Audio: Brotherhood of the Daleks.
4)In her dream, Peri "remembers" Erimem being killed by "crocodile things."(Audio: Three's a Crowd)
5)The Doctor learned how to pick locks from the American escapologist Harry Houdini.(Tv: Planet of the Spiders)
6)The Doctor & his companions again experience dreams induced by plants in (TV: Amy's Choice).
7)Actor Owen Teale appeared in Sixth Doctor adventure(Tv : Vengeance Of Varos & Torchwood : Countrycide).

Plot Synopsis.
The Fifth Doctor, Erimem & Peri have gone their separate ways. The Doctor is wandering on a nameless paradise planet filled with murderous primates (but only at night) battling against carnivorous plants.

Erimem is the Queen of a space colony empire, New Cairo & is suffering a rebellion, while Peri's stepson & new husband are causing problems to her domestic bliss.

Timelord Thoughts.
The Mind's Eye by writer Colin Brake sees Peri & Erimem attacked by an extraordinary dangerous form of plant life that leaves them both living in their own little dream worlds while feeding off neural energy.

This allows writer Colin Brake to show the Doctors companions in a different light as Peri's subconscious creates a virtual soap opera type reality where Peri has a live-in lover who maybe is cheating on Peri with her best friend while she suffers a strained relationship with her troubled stepson in this alternative reality far removed completely from the reality she inhabits travelling with the Doctor makes for a intriguing storyline of great character drama.

While Erimem's reality reveals much of her aspirations of ruling a country or
a whole world as it seems clear Erimem is longing for a life that she
once abandoned & her time with the Doctor could soon be at an end.

While poor ole Peter Davison as the Doctor is sidelined once again & is given very little to do by the script which unfortunately sticks out like a sore thumb in the finished product as his two companions storyline overshadows his entirely.

Nevertheless The Mind's Eye moves along at a cracking pace, the three-episode format suits the story well & doesn't overstay it's welcome & is a far better written adventure than Brakes previous audio adventure Threes A Crowd.

Timelord Rating.
7/10

Mission Of The Viyrans.
A one-part story written by Nicholas Briggs.

Cast.
The Doctor -- Peter Davison.
Peri -- Nicola Bryant.
Lawrence - Peter Sowerbutts.
Chris - Philip Childs.

Plot Synopsis.
The Fifth Doctor & Peri encounter the mysterious time travelling Viyrans on a holiday planet.

Timelord Thoughts.
Whilst this isn't the greatest of starts for the Viyrans its nice to see that they are a well thought out creation in this one episode adventure as we hear of Erimems recent departure who doesn't feature at all in this story.

There's some nice technobabble dialogue & actress Nicola Bryant gives a good performance here but there is nothing especially memorable about this first one part adventures as the Viyrans would be far better used in Sixth Doctor audio adventures Patient Zero & Blue Forgotten Planet.

Timelord Rating.
5/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mind's Eye and Mission of the Viyrans: Life is difficult enough without you telling me that it's not real!, 21 Mar. 2013
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This is the hundred and second release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five, Nicola Bryant as Peri and Caroline Morris as Erimem. There are two stories here, the first three episodes are an adventure called `The Minds Eye', the fourth episode a one part story called `Mission Of The Viyrans. Episodes are roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings within the three parter. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

The Mind's Eye finds the Doctor wandering amnesiac on a forest planet, Erimem in charge of an earth colony facing rebellion and Peri back on earth with a moody teenage son. But not is all as it seems, and we are soon plunged into a mindwarping tale as the Doctor tries to rescue his companions whilst dealing with the oily machinations of guest stars Owen Teale and Rebecca Front.

It uses its three episode run time efficiently, not getting bogged down in the weirdness that can arise from these mindbending stories. The three segments are well thought through and executed, making for an engaging and fun adventure. I rather enjoyed it.

Mission Of The Viyrans continues the `virus' strand of stories that has run through the single part adventures. Whereas previous one part adventures were very self contained, this one feels as though it is a linking piece. It presages the Sixth Doctor's meeting with the Viyrans at the end of the Charlie Pollard story arc, and introduces us to this intriguing alien whilst explaining some background linking the previous oners. For all that it is a great little story, as Peri tries to piece together just what happened to her at the party the night before, with a little help from the mysterious Viyrans. Despite being a link in a chain, it is a self contained story and nicely executed.

4 stars in all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars mind how you go, 27 Dec. 2007
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Another audio adventure for the fifth doctor who, with his companions peri and erimem. This is a three part story, each episode running twenty five minutes in length.

The tardis lands on an alien world, with some strange plant life. and a close encounter with this leaves the doctor dazed and in the custody of a military and scientific expedition, and peri and erimem in completely different worlds of their own.

But there's a lot more going on here than meets the eye. and are any of these worlds safe for the tardis crew?

An excellent little story. nothing special plotting wise but being three rather than four parts means it's paced very well and it rattles along at quite a good rate as a result. the regulars are helped by a good guest cast who manage to make characters that could have been cliched quite believable. there are several surprising twists in part three and a final scene that really packs a strong emotional punch, making it very memorable.

the fourth episode on the disc, mission of the viryans, is set after the upcoming audio story bride of peladon. and it gives some hints as to that one having a memorably ending, so you may want to wait on listening to this until after then. this is a one part story that introduces a new alien race who are out to kill the doctor. their reasons for this are quite original, and the episode itself is well done, as they and peri struggle to disover the truth about a strange event. there's a surprising final twist so don't turn the cd player off till the very end of the final track.

as usual both discs contain up to twenty minutes of interviews with the cast of the story. these can be a bit repetitive, but there are good moments in the interviews here and they are worth a listen
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keep your eye on the prize, 14 Mar. 2009
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This is a warning to all space-farers. You must keep away from this planet. It's hostile, repeat, hostile..." On a planet with no name, the Doctor finds himself confronted by a faulty memory and some killer plants. Meanwhile, in a distant galaxy, Erimem leads a troubled empire. Back on Earth, Peri tells her son about the good old days when she used to travel with a guy called the Doctor...

In this illusory adventure, The Doctor's Egyptian companion Erimem seems to be in charge of an alien planet, whilst the third member of the TARDIS crew, Peri, is back on Earth with a family, but how can this be possible when she's still with The Time Lord?

Writer Colin Brake has written a fast paced and engaging story that successfully avoids becoming bogged down in continuity but which poses a series of riddles before answering them cleverly and in style.

The guest cast, including Welsh baritone Owen Teale all take on multiple roles spread across the real and imaginary worlds. Even Nicola Bryant (Peri) has a go, doubling up as the aliens in this release's bonus single-part adventure `Mission of the Viyrans'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mind's Eye, 18 Aug. 2012
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The Minds Eye is second ever Audio Adventure i brought and i really liked it. Having seen Nicola Bryant as Peri on TV and likewise having seen Peter Davison on TV. I had never heard Caroline Morris as Erimem before, and i must admit, i didn't like her that much, Maybe it's because I had never heard her first adventure. I really liked The Doctor and Peri in this adventure, overall its great however, Mission of the Viyrans is absolutelty rubbish. I would advise this one as one you should buy but only listen to, The Mind's Eye adventure and not the Mission of the Viyrans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant feel of the classic days....., 10 Dec. 2007
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Big Finish dont half know how to recreate the feel of the classic who series whilst at the same time bringing new and fresh ideas into the mix. And The Mind's Eye is no exception. Where at first hostile alien plants may well have been done quite a few times before, it hasnt been done like this!

The Doctor and Peri and Erimem land on an unnamed planet where the plants are very unusual and very deadly. At first when i first heard this story i really thought that the two companions had left the Doctor on his own. But I was wrong. They have been forced into living a dream by the telepathic plants.

Peter Davison and Nicola Bryant and Carloine Morris lead a great cast in a story that really does have a feel of the old series about it. This story is great!

And Mission Of The Viyrans is a brilliant bonus by Nick Briggs. At first listen i wondered what the hell is all this about. Please hurry up and explain what the hell is going on.But on a second and more concerntrated listen i really got the jist of this excellent one part story. I cant wait for a whole viyran story, are we going to get any in the near future?

I am really enjoying the great stories that Big Finish have produced over the last eight years. In my view they are some of the best stories ever, yes, even over the new series on TV. There have been very few stories that have been boring, the worst for me being half and half in terms of coolness, but that aint bad in a list of over a 100 is it? I dont think so.

I would definitely recommend this new audio story for anyone who likes the old doctor who or the new. The Mind's Eye is a brilliant piece of work.
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