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4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing in Some Ways. Brilliant in Others!
Seventh Doctor on his own doesn't really work for me. He seems rather detached from the world and confused, perhaps that comes of millenia frozen in Ice, but I think not, instead trying develop a darker side to the older McCoy Doctor, as with Valhalla without any companions, perhaps this time missing them rather than his bitterness towards the 'free-loaders' of Valhalla...
Published on 17 Jan 2008 by DB

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3.0 out of 5 stars Frozen Time
An expedition to the Antartic unearths a frozen 7th Doctor, the TARDIS, and numerous reptilian aliens...

'Frozen Time's main draw is that of it's returning villains, a classic Doctor Who monster used before by Big Finish in a rather dire outing some years ago, though to be honest once they appear the story doesn't really find anything new to do with them, and...
Published on 1 Mar 2008 by Jane Aland


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3.0 out of 5 stars Frozen Time, 1 Mar 2008
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Jane Aland (England) - See all my reviews
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An expedition to the Antartic unearths a frozen 7th Doctor, the TARDIS, and numerous reptilian aliens...

'Frozen Time's main draw is that of it's returning villains, a classic Doctor Who monster used before by Big Finish in a rather dire outing some years ago, though to be honest once they appear the story doesn't really find anything new to do with them, and relies heavily on the creatures debut television story.

The best way to describe this story would be 'workmanlike' - it moves along at a reasonable pace, the performances are all solid enough - it just lacks any really inspired ideas to elevate it above the average. The play's one attempt to throw a curve ball is giving the Doctor temporary amnesia from being frozen for thousands of years, but beyond a few structural tweaks this is your bog-standard traditional Doctor Who monster runaround.

By no means a bad story, 'Frozen Time' is solid but uninspired fare.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing in Some Ways. Brilliant in Others!, 17 Jan 2008
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DB (London, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Frozen Time (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Seventh Doctor on his own doesn't really work for me. He seems rather detached from the world and confused, perhaps that comes of millenia frozen in Ice, but I think not, instead trying develop a darker side to the older McCoy Doctor, as with Valhalla without any companions, perhaps this time missing them rather than his bitterness towards the 'free-loaders' of Valhalla - but this still makes the Doctor harder to relate to that of the 1980s on TV. The plot is quite strong, it's got the standard Big Finish aspect to it, the characters were well played, but...

[SPOILERS] In episode 2 I was well of the opinion that the mysterious creatures the first Lord Barset had met were the Ice Warriors and the new met creatures were, something else, possibly the Silurians. In fact it was the other way round - modern day sees the Ice Warriors and its suggested it was the Silurians in the past (in the extras) which was a bit dissapointing, but also, I really don't think this works with Ice Warriors. Firstly they didn't seem convincing, the hissing sound seemed optional half the time it wasn't there and I dno if the Ice Warriors were right there.

[NO MORE SPOILERS] But all in all it's pretty good, the rest of the cast (excluding the Doctor & the Monsters) was great, some really nice characters. But just lacking that something, perhaps a bit too predictable and expected. Re-listening, it's much more enjoyable and far more interesting!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chilling Icy Adventure, 18 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Frozen Time (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
CD Info.
2xCD of a 4 episode adventure, Running time 130 minutes approx, Trailer, Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)This is the first Ice Warrior's story to be produced since the Fifth Doctor audio adventure Red Dawn that was released in 2000.
2)Maryam D'Abo appeared as Kara in the 1987 James Bond Film The Living Daylights.
3)Nicholas Briggs also voiced The Ice Warriors in Eleventh Doctor tv adventure Cold War.
4)This audiobook release bluffed Doctor Who fan's info thinking Frozen Time was a Silurian adventure.

Synopsis.
In 1929 Lord Barset expedition to the Antarctic is lost without trace seemingly vanished into thin air.

A century later Lord Barsets Grandson goes in search of his Grandfather's lost expedition were in the Antarctic he locates a Blue Police Box buried deep within the ice.

Inside the Blue Box lies a man who has no memory of who or were he is...?

But this isn't the only lifeform to have been found beneath the ice as something else lies buried in the Antarctic, Something that's been on earth long before mankind now frozen in time, A lifeform that's from the planet Mars.

The Ice Warrior Arakssor is freed from his icy tomb but who will this expedition trust the mad man with a Blue box or the Ice Warrior Arakssor?

Timelord Thoughts.
This is an intriguing audio adventure that moves along at a fair old pace building the tension & developing intrigue as it goes along.

Sylvester McCoy delivers a enigmatic performance as an amnesiac Seventh Doctor who's memory slowly returns as he realizes The Ice Warriors have also been revived & are about to cause havoc.

Maryam D'Abo should've become a new companion for the Seventh Doctor after her excellent performance in this play as Genevieve & it's a shame the character hasn't yet been reprised in any further audio adventures.

Nicholas Briggs script is a standard base under siege adventure yet I liked how the mystery builds up in this story as the Doctor slowly starts remembering past event's as to who he is & why he's been buried in ice for over a century, Sadly though the plot does start fall apart a little during episode 2 becoming more predictable & lacking any shocks or surprises which is a shame as this story had great potential yet somehow undoes the suspense that was built up so well in the story's opening episode.

Great production values with wonderful sound effects & incidental music create great tension & add atmosphere as Big Finish captures the setting of Antarctica superbly on a audio medium & Nicholas Briggs voices the Ice Warriors with a great menacing tone making them a genuine threat for the Doctor to confront.

One of the better solo Seventh Doctor story's just don't expect anything out of the ordinary.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Frozen Time: You have an honest face Doctor, 1 Mar 2013
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This is the ninety eighth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as a companionless Seven, and has a guest appearance from Anthony Calf . Episodes are roughly 25-30 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. There are interviews with cast and crew and music excerpts at the end of each disc.

An Arctic expedition in 2012, to find the remains of a lost 1929 expedition, some across some very unusual objects buried in the ice from millions of years ago. Very soon we have Seven with no memory running around in a standard base under siege tale that has some big ideas and ambitions, but can't quite live up to them.

The first half of the tale is the best, where the Doctor's amnesia and references to the possible monsters keep us slightly off kilter and wondering. And there are some genuinely good moments of interplay between various characters, especially with Anthony Calf's arrogant Lord Barset (the man with the talking money), and Seven. It's an intriguing first half. But the second half descends into melodrama, and has too much of McCoy bellowing at people rather then the understated and subtle performance of the first half. It quickly descends into a standard run around and loses a lot of the impact.

I did however enjoy the audio production of this one, an impressive music track that knows when to keep quiet and when to underscore the action, and an impressive sound design that really brought the base, the snow storm and the mysterious sounds the Doctor keeps hearing to impressive life.

Three stars for this initially interesting but eventually lacklustre tale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Wintry Affair, 18 Sep 2007
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Frozen Time continues the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) strand of the Big Finish Doctor Who range. Featuring the welcome return of one of the classic series' most understated villains (the clue is in the title) and for once featuring no companions, this is a vibrant and accomplished success.
The story begins with The Doctor being ambushed on an unnamed planet and appearing to drown. Fast-forward several million years and his body is discovered by a group of explorers led by the sneeringly arrogant Lord Barset, who is retracing the steps of one of his ancestors who set out on the journey and never returned. However, when they discover The Doctor's body it is sealed in a tomb of ice...
Maryam D'Abo is a welcome addition to the cast as French scientist Genevieve whilst Anthony Calf and Gregg Newton excel as the shortsighted Barset and his downtrodden minion, Ben.
The story provides a welcome reminder of how good McCoy can be when surrounded by a decent cast and cracks along at a fair pace; The Doctor's opponents are solid and suitably villainous and the entire cast just seem to be enjoying themselves.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Chilling, 13 Sep 2007
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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Another audio adventure for the seventh doctor who, this time without any companions. A four part story spread over two discs, each episode being twenty five minutes long.

Part one begins with an expedition going to antarctica to uncover things that another expedition went there to find in the 1920's. But they don't find what they expected in the ice. And there are nasty creatures lurking...

You may think you know who the nasty creatures are, but don't be too hasty to guess. The doctor spends a lot of the early episodes in the dark as to what is going on, for reasons that quickly become apparent. And this is quite well played by sylvester mccoy. The second episode leaves you desperate to know what will happen next. But once the nasty creatures are revealed, the story becomes very conventional and the rest of it plays out in a typical manner with no real surprises.

And yet this story does have it's moments. Former bond girl maryam d'abo plays a character called genevieve, a french scientist who speaks perfect english, and her voice is appealing and makes her character feel different from the norm. There's also a great scene in part four where one other human character gets to explain his motivations. The end of part four also hints at a few things we don't get to hear. And I wouldn't mind to hear them.

Each disc ends with twenty five minutes worth of interviews and music from the story. These both have their moments.

At the end of the day this is a very average story and worth no more than three out of five, but it does have a few attractions
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great audio....., 7 Oct 2007
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The seventh doctor versus the ice warriors at last. Of course, Nick Briggs writes yet another gripping audio adventure with great acting and action all the way through. Sylv Mccoy of course is again brilliant as the Doctor, this time frozen for years. Hes such a great actor. But the real cool thing about this audio is having Maryam D'abo star! I love her acting the bond film The Living daylights, and its great to hear her again. And shes better in this. I just love her voice. This is also the only other thing ive ever heard her in, and i think thats a shame cuz shes great. Its also a shame that Genevieve didnt stay on as a companion for the seventh doctor, she would have been perfect! But, weve still got this great audio to listen to her on. But Nick Brigg is great too as Lord Arakssor, leader of the ice warriors. Tense stuff, and convincing writing all the way through. WORTH MORE THAN THREE STARS...MORE LIKE 30 STARS would be nearer the mark. Depends on your taste i suppose, but this is definitely one of the better monster audios.
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