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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bride of Peladon: A tale of two lionesses
This is the hundred and fourth 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 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,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Archetypal
It was a great idea of Big Finish to revisit the planet of Peladon; seen twice during Jon Pertwee's reign as The Doctor on TV. This time it's the Fifth Doctor, Peri and Erimem arriving on the feudal planet and it turns out to be the swansong of one of the Doctor's companions...To be honest there's little new here for Doctor Who fans - all the elements of the two...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peladon & Erimem's Swan Song, 26 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Bride of Peladon (Big Finish Adventures 104) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who : The Bride Of Peladon.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion(s): Peri, Erimem.
Main enemy: Sekhmet.
Main setting: Peladon, the 41st century.
Writer: Barnaby Edwards.
Director: Barnaby Edwards.
Release number: 104.
Format: 4 episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 120 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Cast.
The Doctor - Peter Davison.
Peri Brown - Nicola Bryant.
Erimem - Caroline Morris.
Belldonia - Phyllida Law.
Voice - Jenny Agutter.
Pelleas - Christian Coulson.
Pandora - Yasmin Bannerman.
Zixlyr - Nicholas Briggs.
Alpha Centauri - Jane Goddard.
Frankis - Richard Earl.
Elkin - Peter Sowerbutts.
Foreman - Philip Childs.
Miner - Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

Trivia.
1)This is set a hundred years after the Doctor's last visit to Peladon.
2)Trisilicate mining is progressing on Peladon.
3)Peladon is still part of the Galactic Federation.
4)Aggedor has been pregnant for around a century.
5)To date, this is the final Fifth Doctor audio drama released in the main range to feature Peri. However, the Fifth Doctor & Peri would subsequently appear together in (Audio: Peri and the Piscon Paradox).
6)This is the Doctor's fourth visit to Peladon as his third incarnation visited the planet in Tv: The Curse of Peladon, Audio: The Prisoner of Peladon and Tv: The Monster of Peladon.
7)Peri refers to her previous encounter with the Ice Warriors on their native Mars. (Audio: Red Dawn) Following the Doctor's regeneration into his sixth incarnation, the two of them would encounter the Ice Warriors for a third time on Magnus in the 24th century. (Audio: Mission to Magnus).
8)The Citadel of Peladon reminds the Doctor & Erimem of Castle Dracula. (Audio: Son of the Dragon).
9)The Doctor previously met Alpha Centauri on Peladon on three occasions during his third incarnation. (Tv: The Curse of Peladon Audio: The Prisoner of Peladon, Tv: The Monster of Peladon).
10)Yasmin Bannerman appeared in the Ninth Doctor television episode The End of the World, as Jabe.
11)Thomas Brodie-Sangster has appeared in the Tenth Doctor (Tv Human Nature/The Family of Blood as well as another Fifth Doctor Audio, The Mind's Eye).
12)Phyllida Law played Bea Nelson-Stanley in The Sarah Jane Adventures story Eye of the Gorgon & is the mother of Emma Thompson).
13)After Erimem leaves to marry Pelleas, Peri reassures the Doctor that she has no intention of leaving the Doctor "to marry some alien king." Erm she does(Tv: The Ultimate Foe).

Plot Synopsis.
A mysterious voice, a missing girl & a murdered queen, The Royal House of Peladon is once more plunged into intrigue, terror and death.

The Fifth Doctor, Peri & Erimem must find their way through a treacherous labyrinth of lies if they are to distinguish friend from foe before it is too late.

For deep beneath the Citadel of Peladon, something infinitely ancient & immeasurably powerful is awakening...

Timelord Thoughts.
This story by writer/director Barnaby Edwards is set approximately 100 years after the events of "The Monster of Peladon" where political unrest & troubled times in the mines are stirring.

Yet this time around add to the mix an arranged marriage that has been organized by the Pel nobles, yet as the story progresses, writer Barnaby Edwards pulls out some nice surprises reminiscing fans of past adventures on Peladon (sorry can't say what-spoilers!).

Barnaby Edwards not only writes his first Big Finish audio adventure he directs it too writing great dialogue & directs a tight futuristic gothic atmosphere that reminds Doctor Who fans of the seventies classic Peladon adventures.

Peter Davison is good in this adventure playing the Fifth Doctor as a reluctant hero who's quite flippant at times yet leads the story well throughout, although his singing to Aggedor is awful (can this be the same actor who sang the Button Moon theme tune).

This adventure is where we say goodbye to Erimem a strongly written character which didn't quite work for me but at least her character goes out on a good adventure & praise goes to actress Caroline Morris who's performance allows Erimems swan song to be a good one as her departure is superbly handled that brings out a emotional farewell with her best friend Peri (a excellent performance by Nicola Bryant).

Overall writer/director Barnaby Edwards does an excellent job of recreating the tone & style of those classic Third Doctor Peladon stories while adding an interesting twist of its own as Edwards has delivered a strong written storyline in what climaxes this run of Fifth Doctor, Peri, Erimem audio adventures to go out on a high.

Timelord Rating.
7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bride of Peladon: A tale of two lionesses, 21 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Bride of Peladon (Big Finish Adventures 104) (Audio CD)
This is the hundred and fourth 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 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, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

Five, Peri and Erimem respond to a distress signal from a Martian Ambassador and find themselves about to crash land on Peladon. As usual when the Doc visits the planet they are soon mixed up in courtly intrigue and lots of mysterious goings on. But what lies behind it all will come as a real surprise.

This is another strong story for this TARDIS crew. It has a strong and exciting opening on the space ship about to crash, it is well plotted and structured with some great cliff hanger moments, there is plenty for all three principles to do and the McGuffin at the heart of the story is a real corker. I rather like the way that the Ice Warriors are used, continuing Peri's experience of them as an honourable race. In Son of the Dragon, In the Mind's Eye and Mission of the Viyrans the Big Finish team have been hinting heavily at Erimem's departure, and I don't think I am spoiling anything by saying that it comes to pass here. But, as with The Girl Who Never Was, the writers play around with your expectations and keep you guessing as to the nature of her departure right up to the end. When it does come it is totally fitting. It's a shame to see the end of the TARDIS crew, as Erimem was a character who had not yet outlived her welcome. But perhaps it was better to go out on a high. And Peri's final line in the adventure is a treat for long term fans!

It's a well made story, and a fitting end for a great character. 5 stars.

It is a shame that there are no cd extras with cast/production team interviews as are common on contemporary releases, as I think there would have been some interesting insights to be had with this landmark release.
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4.0 out of 5 stars return to peladon, 26 Feb 2008
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This review is from: Doctor Who - The Bride of Peladon (Big Finish Adventures 104) (Audio CD)
another audio adventure for the fifth doctor who. with his companions peri and erimem. This is a four part story, each episode running twenty five minutes. and there are two to a disc.

The usual trailer for the next main big finish release is absent from the start. we get a trailer for the eighth doctor story dead london instead. this is probably because the condemned has a big surprise in it. But more on that when it comes out.

This story is a sequel to the two third doctor tv stories that were set on the planet peladon. It doesn't make any real concession for those who haven't seen them but you shouldn't have any problem getting into it if so.

The tardis crew arrive on the planet a good few years after the doctor was last there. a royal wedding is about to take place. miners are dying. An alien criminal is up to no good. can the planet survive and prosper? and whose voice is calling out to people?

There's a lot going on here, and as a result the doctor doesn't actually get that much to do in the first three parts. But it's all involving and well acted enough such that you're not really bothered by this.

Episode three ends with a terrific cliffhanger that will please long term fans.

The last scene of episode four starts out well but goes on a little too long, the very final moment being a slightly obvious moment. but that's the only problem with an otherwise very good story. It's good traditional doctor who and it's very involving and a pleasure to listen to.

Both discs end with the usual interviews with cast and crew. These are a little shorter than usual, and that helps because it makes them short and to the point.

The last track on disc two contains trailers for other stories featuring this particular tardis crew.

A very good audio all in all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The third in the peladon trilogy is the best..., 2 Feb 2008
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Bride of Peladon (Big Finish Adventures 104) (Audio CD)
This story is what i would like to hear of more often from bigfinish
please. A great return to the besieged planet of Peladon. But this time its even better than ever. I love all the peladon stories, so cool and atmospheric. And this one has all the much needed ingredients to make a Peladon story work: Alpha Centauri, Arcturus and an ice warrior. This story is fresh though as well, not just the same court intrigue or miners going awol. This is a great story with Sutekh's mummy on it! ha ha. But no, this story is very well paced and enjoyable. its sad to see Caroline Morris going, hopefully she may come back for a few more in the future! Please! Peter Davison leads a great cast in a story dripping with atmosphere and lovely baby aggedors. This is truly a story of a type id like to see more!! I think the suspense of wondering who the voice belongs to is very well handled....mysterious for a change. I didnt guess who the culprit was this time at all. I would love to see this story adapted for tv. Yes, it is that good...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Archetypal, 15 April 2008
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Bride of Peladon (Big Finish Adventures 104) (Audio CD)
It was a great idea of Big Finish to revisit the planet of Peladon; seen twice during Jon Pertwee's reign as The Doctor on TV. This time it's the Fifth Doctor, Peri and Erimem arriving on the feudal planet and it turns out to be the swansong of one of the Doctor's companions...To be honest there's little new here for Doctor Who fans - all the elements of the two television serials are regurgitated and the main pleasure is that of nostalgia, and seeing a different incarnation of The Doctor surprise his old acquaintances.
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