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5.0 out of 5 stars Four adventures about '100' with the Doctor and Evelyn
A delicious delight of Doctor Who with Colin Baker's Doctor and his companion Dr Evelyn Smythe played by Maggie Stables.

Following the success of 'Circular Time' (my favourite Doctor Who audio, as I've said many times before), Big Finish decided to do another anthology series of adventures to celebrate 100 releases of Doctor Who since 1999.

With four...
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3.0 out of 5 stars 100th Big Finish Release & My 100th Review.
Positive.
Colin Baker & Maggie Stables always deliver excellent performances.
100 Days Of The Doctor is outstanding & the audios best story.
Followed closely by Bedtime Story.

Negative.
One story My Own Private Mozart is average considering it's written by Rob Shearman & 100.BC just seems pointless adventure that doesn't go anywhere.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 100th Big Finish Release & My 100th Review., 24 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who: 100 (Dr Who Big Finish) (Audio CD)
Positive.
Colin Baker & Maggie Stables always deliver excellent performances.
100 Days Of The Doctor is outstanding & the audios best story.
Followed closely by Bedtime Story.

Negative.
One story My Own Private Mozart is average considering it's written by Rob Shearman & 100.BC just seems pointless adventure that doesn't go anywhere.
My Own Private Mozart has a very sudden ending impacting the narration in a negative way.

Trivia.
Will Thorpe played Woody in Casualty & was in NuWho series 2 of Doctor Who The Impossible Planet/Satan's Pit as Toby.
The 50th Anniversary title for the special has been named Day Of The Doctor shares similarities to Paul Cornells in title only of his story.

Audio Info, 4 single 1 part story's on a 2CD running time is 120 minutes, Plus behind the scenes interviews.

Review.
100.Bc is a silly adventure about The Doctor & Evelyn thinking they have inadvertently caused Julius Ceaser to never to have been born instead a Julia Ceaser is born & The Doctor & Evelyn clash on the altered timeline of the future Roman leader.

This adventure by Jacqueline Raynor is pretty pointless & doesn't go anywere & surely by now Evelyn must know History has a fixed point & can't be changed?, Yet Evelyn protests against The Doctor & her reactions are immature & out of character here.

My Own Private Wolfgang is about Mozart making a deal to become imortal & live forever but shoukd a legend of classical music ever see his life's work diminish over time or is it better to die & let your music instead live forever.

Rob Shearman wrote this adventure & it's his weakest story to date ending very abruptly throwing the listerners attention unexpectedly, This is disappointing from the writer of Jubilee, The Chimes Of Midnight etc.

Bedtime Story by Joe Lidster is a excellent gothic moody story of a familys curse of a birth in the family signals the death of another, The Doctor & Evelyn visit the family's home during a family funeral.

What is the 100 year sleep curse & what is the motives the entity has to be wanting to attack the family?

The Doctor battles to save the family from a terrible curse.

Great Episode by writer Joe Lidster & a very scary tale with a shocking ending & Maggie Stables gives a scarily good performance, One of the best storys on the audio.

100 Days Of The Doctor deals wth the Doctor being injected by a virus by a mysterious Assassin (played by Nicholas Briggs), So that in 100 days the virus will kill the Doctor.
The Doctor goes back in time to his earlier incarnations past seeking to find the assassin whom has the anidote to cure his virus thats slowly killing him, It's 100 days to live & counting.

Written by Paul Cornell this is the best story on the Audio full of tension & drama engaging the listener for it's 30 minutes running time.

The story my have benefited from some cameos by past Doctor's or companions but this is just a minor quibble.

To conclude this review you have 2 classics; 100 Day's Of The Doctor & Bedtime Story, an average adventure My Own Private Mozart & a stinker in 100.BC.

Not bad if you enjoy single part story's but if you want more in depth adventures then maybe look elsewere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Four adventures about '100' with the Doctor and Evelyn, 27 Jun 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who: 100 (Dr Who Big Finish) (Audio CD)
A delicious delight of Doctor Who with Colin Baker's Doctor and his companion Dr Evelyn Smythe played by Maggie Stables.

Following the success of 'Circular Time' (my favourite Doctor Who audio, as I've said many times before), Big Finish decided to do another anthology series of adventures to celebrate 100 releases of Doctor Who since 1999.

With four stories on 2 discs, written each by stupendous writers and directed by the multi-talented Nicholas Briggs (who's now Big Finish's executive producer as well as the voice of the Daleks), this has got to be a Doctor Who audio you don't want to miss.

As before with a 'theme of seasons' in 'Circular Time', the theme running through each of the four stories is something to do with the number '100'.

`100' is the first Doctor Who audio I first encountered Evelyn Smythe, travelling companion to the Doctor. I actually found it rather nice to listen to an older travelling companion compared to the young ones you get with the Doctor, and Evelyn certainly has that `auntie' quality to her character. She's certainly a strong and reassured presence when teamed up with the Doctor, and Maggie Stables pulls off the part pretty well.

'100 BC'

The first of the four stories is `100 BC' written by Jacqueline Rayner. I became aware of Jacqueline Rayner from reading/listening to the Tenth Doctor story `The Stone Rose', and she certainly enjoys doing historical adventures. She's also the writer who started off Evelyn's TARDIS travels in her first story 'The Marian Conspiracy'.

This story is set in Ancient Rome, 100 BC and it's about the Doctor and Evelyn meeting Gaius Julius Caesar and his wife and having to save the flow of time by making sure their son - the future Roman emperor - gets to be born. It's a funny and whimsical tale, and it made me laugh when the Doctor and Evelyn bickered with one another and tried to avoid perverting the course of history. It's a gentle comedy between two characters who have been travelling together for some time reflecting on the adventures they've had together. `100 BC' also guest stars Will Thorp playing the young Caesar, who's well-known in Doctor Who circles for playing Toby in `The Impossible Planet'/'The Satan Pit' which I found and still find terrifying. It was really funny when the Doctor tried to bring Caesar and his wife together by offering a romantic dinner and Evelyn sabotaging his ever effort and Caesar reacting to it if not with a little annoyance.

'MY OWN PRIVATE WOLFGANG'

The second story is `My Own Private Wolfgang' by Robert Shearman. For me, Rob Shearman wrote the first Dalek story in the new series called 'Dalek'. I've had the pleasure of meeting him at a convention in Swansea 2011, and he signed the CD sleeve notes for `100' for me (as did Nicholas Briggs and Colin Baker). To me, Rob's a very clever guy with such wit and humour and has written some very popular Doctor Who audios such as 'The Chimes of Midnight' and 'Jubilee' (also with the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn).

`My Own Private Wolfgang' is a story about Mozart who has now approached his 100 birthday which is surprising since he died very young. And he wants to end it all and tried to shoot himself in the head - three times - during his last performance. The Doctor and Evelyn solve the mystery and discover the astonishing truth about Mozart's immortality. John Sessions plays Mozart in this story, who I know for playing Roland of Brittany in 'Castle of Fear'. He's really funny and witty in this story as Mozart, and it is a very clever and unusually funny tale by Rob Shearman. I especially like `the diddly dum bit in the middle' line at the beginning of the story, and found Rob's philosophy come through when Mozart answers the question what makes good art `as it's a matter of knowing when to stop - That is it. It's as a simple as that.' There's no theme music at the beginning and end of this tale, and I like it when it all seems to come to an abrupt e-

'BEDTIME STORY'

The third story is `Bedtime Story' by Joseph Lidster. I know Joe Lidster for writing the Torchwood episode `A Day In The Death' featuring Owen Harper's character, and also the brilliant Sixth Doctor and Peri story 'The Reaping' with the Cybermen. He has the knack for writing very strong and down-to-earth drama with some emotional maturity and scenes of chilling horror.

In this story, the Doctor and Evelyn visit a house where a family is mourning the loss of a father after attending a funeral. But all is not what it seems here, as something or someone wants this family to die one by one with the grandparents after a new baby grandchild is born. It involves telling a bedtime story and sending people off to sleep every `100' years. In this story again it guest stars Will Thorpe again as a `young Jacob' and Frank Finlay who plays an older Jacob narrating this story. It also features Susan Brown who also appeared in `Castle of Fear' as well as the whole Stockbridge trilogy with Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton, and appeared in 'Torchwood' - 'Children of Earth'. It also features Martha Cope who played the Controller in (see `Bad Wolf') with Christopher Eccelston. This story has a very spellbinding and chilling performance from Maggie Stables as Evelyn, but I'll let you find out for yourself when you come to it.

'100 DAYS OF THE DOCTOR'

The last story of this collection is `100 Days of the Doctor' by Paul Cornell. Paul is of course the writer responsible for `Circular Time', writing my favourite love story with Nyssa, and has written for the TV series with stories such as `Father's Day' and `Human Nature'/'The Family of Blood'. He's also written for the Virgin range of Doctor Who novels back in the 90s including `Love and War' and `Goth Opera'.

Paul Cornell writes for Colin's Doctor for the very first time in this story, and it's a nostalgic tale of all the Doctor's lives. It is a two-hander with Colin Baker and Maggie Stables who are only cast members in the story, apart from Nicholas Briggs who plays the Assassin at the very end. Essentially it's a story about the Doctor and Evelyn visiting all of the Doctor's lives, past, present and future in order to save himself from being assassinated and being infected with a deadly virus. It's a nice little story, although it would have worked great if we had guest cameos from some of the other Doctors and companions such as Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Nicola Bryant, Sophie Aldred, etc. But it's a nice little tale all the same and well played by Colin and Maggie.

There are some CD extras on this release. They are as follows. Firstly there's a trailer for the next Doctor Who release 'Absolution' featuring the Eighth Doctor with his companions Charley and C'rizz. It's at the beginning of the first disc on this CD release.

At the end of Disc One, there's some behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and crew such as Colin Baker, Nicholas Briggs, Will Thorp and Robert Shearman, focusing specifically on the first two stories `100 BC' and `My Own Private Wolfgang'. Then on Disc Two, there's more behind-the-scenes interviews focusing on `Bedtime Story' and `100 Days of the Doctor', with contributions again from Colin, Nick Briggs, Will Thorpe and Maggie Stables.

To conclude, `100' celebrates not only Big Finish but also as before with Circular Time the essence of Doctor Who with its various storytelling and wonderful characters. And since it features Colin Baker's Doctor, who's superb in these stories and was selected specifically for this release since he's regarded as the Big Finish Doctor, it goes to show how much more storytelling there is to tell in time and space. And I especially like four-episode anthology releases with their contained story-telling and variety of genres to tell.

Here's to `200'!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 100: I especially like the dum tiddly um tum bit in the middle, 5 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who: 100 (Dr Who Big Finish) (Audio CD)
This is the one hundredth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as old Sixie, Maggie Stables as Evelyn and has guest appearances from John Sessions and Frank Finlay. Episodes are roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each. 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 at the end of each disc.

As with Circular time, this is a portmanteau of single episode stories, this time for Six and Evelyn and with the aim of celebrating the 100th release in the Big Finish main range. All of the stories involve the number 100 somewhere.

100 BC is, for me, not only the weakest story on the anthology, but one of the weakest stories that Big Finish have done with Colin Baker. Six and Evelyn arrive in Rome, 100 BC and promptly start interfering with the birth of a certain high profile, history changing Roman. Trying to blend serious thoughts on the nature of history and responsibility with a bawdy humour it trips over it's toga and falls right on it's face. Some people will love it, but I am afraid that most of the `funny' parts were a style of humour that I find cringemaking, and so I tend to skip through this episode. The resolution is a bit daft as well. Would the TARDIS, a ship from a totally alien technology and society REALLY measure time in terms of BC and AD? There is a nice moment where Six berates Evelyn for an attempted subterfuge, but apart from that there is nothing in this episode I like.

The other three on the other hand are superb. A private Wolfgang of my own is an almost perfect example of what a single episode of Who can do. An idea that is worthwhile but could never ever be extended to 3 or 4 episodes, it works perfectly. It's a neat story, with a lot of humour and a perfect resolution. The final line, and Baker's delivery, is a delight. This story had me entertained and laughing for the most of its run time, and it is clear that John Sessions had an absolute hoot as Mozart.

Bed time stories is another excellent piece, but on the other end of the scale. Dark, brooding, moody, this is almost a slice of gothic horror. It has bags of atmosphere and a really disturbing concept at its heart. And the ending - it struck a chill right into me. Perfectly acted, especially by Maggie Stables who gets to play an interesting take on Evelyn (`It's time for beddie byes...') and Colin Baker, it is really superb.

100 days of the Doctor is another entertaining piece, and is the most traditional celebratory story here. It's a neat double hander with Baker and Stables, which explores their relationship quite nicely. It's a story with some problems though - I feel that a trick was missed in having the other incarnations of the Doctor only present though the medium of narration and not actually featuring the actors. And occasionally it feels a bit too much like a commercial for other Big Finish ranges, with shout outs for the Unbound, UNIT and the New Eighth Doctor adventures. But for all that the end result is still a delightful piece with a thoroughly satisfying ending.

These discs also contain interviews with cast and crew. It seems a shame that John Sessions and Frank Finlay were not included, though the other actors still provide some good insights, especially Baker who speaks frankly but without any rancour about his time as the TV doctor. There is also some interesting insight into the way BF releases are planned and why this was the way they chose to celebrate 100 releases.

All in all, 1 terrible story, 2 superb ones and one middling to good. 4 stars all round. I think there will be something here for everyone, and it is a great way of celebrating an important milestone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deserves a telegram from The Queen at least..., 5 Nov 2007
This review is from: Doctor Who: 100 (Dr Who Big Finish) (Audio CD)
With much fanfare and popping of champagne corks Big Finish have released this, as the title suggests, its one hundredth original audio Doctor Who play. To mark the occasion they have produced four mini-adventures featuring possibly the best audio Doctor: The Sixth incarnation (Colin Baker) and possibly the most irritating companion: Evelyn Smythe (Maggie Stables).
Now before you accuse me of ageism, that is not why I dislike Evelyn Smythe; I think her rapport with The Doctor is spot-on, it's just that the character seems to be such a know-it-all and fusses around getting into trouble like a particularly useless shop assistant. This is compounded by her determination to contradict The Doctor; he may often make a balls-up of any given situation but he is the Timelord and he always saves the day in the end, so why does she think she knows best? For example, in the first of the four vignettes: 100 BC, she decides that history would be far `nicer' if Julius Caesar had been Julia instead - even attempting to pervert the timelines to achieve her aim! "Just think Doctor, no war or suffering; if a woman had been in charge from the start, history would be so much better". Is she crazy? I believe in equality of the sexes but I think that's a pretty speculative conclusion to reach!
Anyway, back to the stories. After the aforementioned Roman holiday, the travellers visit an inexplicably aged Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and discover a roaring trade in celebrity doppelgangers; then comes a gothic tale of living death and family feuds with the last story concerning an almost successful attempt to assassinate The Doctor. Personally I think that Circular Time did the interlinked mini story thing better but this audio collection is certainly assured, whilst irritating companion notwithstanding, Baker is on top of his game; less bombastic and more relaxed than his TV version but full of vim and vigour and determined that the cosmos should remain unmolested by sinister forces. There are some particularly nice touches - such as The Doctor spying on previous and future incarnations and pondering on the fickle nature of regeneration - and all other aspects of the production are suitably glossy and satisfying.
The recent additions of CD extras continue here, giving a sometimes fascinating insight into the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of producing a Doctor Who audio adventure; the range certainly deserves to receive its telegram from The Queen and looks set to continue well into the future.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 100 not out!, 12 May 2008
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While Big Finish have produced a mass of specials and spin-off series, having reached the 100th release in their main range of original Doctor Who audio dramas is quite an achievement, and certainly one worth celebrating. The result of that celebration is this double CD set containing four seperate stories based around the number 100, all featuring Colin Baker's 6th Doctor alongside audio companion Evelyn Smythe. With four stories to go round one might suspect that including Davison, McCoy and McGann might be a more inclusive gesture, but some variety at least is achieved by dividing the tales between four of Big Finish's most important authors.

In Jacqueline Rayner's '100BC' the Doctor and Evelyn take a trip back to ancient Rome and find themselves unwittingly interfering in the birth of Julius Ceasar, with implications that may prove catastrophic for the timelines. The whole 'Doctor teaches companion how history cannot be altered' angle is very old hat by now, but the central premise is striking with a satisfyingly clever resolution. The clash between the Doctor and Evelyn is also the source of some good comedy between Baker and Maggie Stables.

Robert Shearman is undoubtedly Big Finish's greatest writer, so his return with 'My Own Private Wolfgang' should be the releases highlight, but this tale doesn't quite scale the dizzy hights of the authors best work. The idea, with a long-lived Mozart drifting from genius into mediocrity is inspired, but the sheer mass of multiple time-travelling Wolfgangs on display here ensure the story ends in a bewildering tangled ball of confusion. Shearman comments in the behind the scenes extras about wanting to ensure the story remained a comedy rather than drifting into more morbid territory, but to be honest a little darkness may have given this amusing but minor piece a little more impact.

Joseph Lidster's 'Bedtime Story' is a more moody tale, being a horror tale concerning a family curse where the birth of a new child signals the death of an earlier generation. Maggie Stables gets to have fun as an evil witch, but ultimately this variation on 'Sleeping Beauty' strays a little too far into the realms of melodrama, a problem that often afflicts Lidster's work.

Finally Paul Cornell's '100 Days of the Doctor' has the Doctor tracking down an assassin who has infected him with a slow-acting deadly virus. This story has it's moments of charm between the 6th Doctor and Evelyn, but it's ultimately a fairly hollow exercise in nostalgia, as the pair visit other Big Finish Doctors (and Bernice Summerfield) and wax lyrical about them.

'100' is a varied and interesting release, but it doesn't quite impress as much as it should. The situation isn't helped by the stories thunder having been stolen somewhat by 'Circular Time', a similar four x one-part story release which if anything was slightly superior.

Good, but not great.

3.5 out of 5
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4.0 out of 5 stars 100 times four, 13 Nov 2007
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The big finish range of doctor who audios celebrates it's 100th release with a sixth doctor story that is four self contained episodes, all centred round the title 100.

In the first episode, the doctor and evelyn find themselves in ancient rome, just as julius caesar is about to be born. but it looks as if history isn't going to work out how it should. Can the doctor put things back on track? and will evelyn let him?
Mixing high character comedy with some serious and thoughtful moments this is a strong and entertaining episode, and although the use of the title seems a bit arbitrary there is a very clever twist to things at the end. individually this gets 8/10

in the second, my own private wolfgang, the tardis crew meet mozart. and quickly realise that things aren't as they should be.

This is a riotous and very clever episode, featuring five supporting characters all of whom are played by john sessions. and it ends at exactly the right point, never outstaying it's welcome. 9/10

the third story, bedtime story, could be an episode of sapphire and steel with the doctor and evelyn instead of the two elements. visiting an ordinary family, they uncover their terrible secret. ordinary domestic scenes are contrasted with terror as the doctor battles to save the family from a terrible curse. but the creature that has done this won't give up lightly...

a very scary little tale with some excellent guest cast acting, and a great twist at the end. 9/10

the final story, one hundred days of the doctor, is the one that uses the title the best. the doctor has been poisoned, has one hundred days to live, and in the process of finding a cure embarks on a visit to past and future glories. This story is very self referential and may confuse someone who hasn't kept up with the big finish range, but will have fun moments for those who have, and hints at a few untold tales I'd like to hear. It's slightly annoying when it tries to break the fourth wall, and isn't as strong a piece as the first three stories on the discs, but it's worth 7/10

This is not an essential release, but it's good fun, and credit to the cast who are all very good, and to big finish for trying something a little different
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