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4.0 out of 5 stars caper
another audio story for paul mcgann as the eighth doctor who with sheridan smith as his companion feisty northern girl lucie miller. As usual with this range the story is complete in roughly forty five minutes and the remainder of the disc is filled out with interviews with the cast and crew and a trailer for the next story. these are worth listening to for some...
Published on 29 May 2008 by Paul Tapner

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3.0 out of 5 stars Doctors 2
The Doctor and Lucie start out this story travelling on the first electric railway in 19th century stockholm. An oddly low key start to a bonkers little story leading to a race against some returning foes to steal a jewl. Very much feels like Doctor Who does Oceans 11 and the story has a lovely rompy sort of feel.

Like all stories in the range its a 45 min...
Published on 31 Mar 2010 by R. Thomas


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars caper, 29 May 2008
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Grand Theft Cosmos (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
another audio story for paul mcgann as the eighth doctor who with sheridan smith as his companion feisty northern girl lucie miller. As usual with this range the story is complete in roughly forty five minutes and the remainder of the disc is filled out with interviews with the cast and crew and a trailer for the next story. these are worth listening to for some interesting insights into the recording process. the two regular lead actors didn't record their lines at the same time. but you wouldn't know it if you if you didn't hear it in the interviews here.

All the stories in the latest batch of these audios have stood on their own. this one does bring back a couple of villainous characters from the previous season and makes a few references to events at the end of that but you shouldn't have much trouble picking the story up if you've not heard any of the previous ones.

It involves the doctor and lucie travelling on the first electric railway, in 19th century stockholm. but the doctor has another reason for being there, which involves a faboulous jewel. and there's more to the jewel than meets the eye. with people out to steal it, it may be that the tardis crew will have to do the same....

What follows is a very entertaining caper story. the length of the story means it doesnt have to spend any time in setting the robbery up, like these things usually do, so everything proceeds at a superb pace. It's all good lighthearted fun and there are some great moments for the regular cast, that give them a good opportunity to stretch their vocal talents.

A good little story. nothing special, but great fun and well worth a listen
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4.0 out of 5 stars Has The Doctor Become A Jewel Thief?, 8 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Grand Theft Cosmos (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
CD Info.
1xCD of a 2 episode audio adventure, Running time 60 minutes approx, Trailer, Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)Christopher Benjamin has appeared in Doctor Who 3 time's on tv in Inferno, The Unicorn & The Wasp & better known os his character of Henry Gordon Jago in The Talons Of Wing Chiang & the Jago & Litefoot mini series boxsets by Big Finish Productions.
2)Karen is played for the final time by Louise Fullerton as in The Eighth Truths/Worldwide Web the part has been recast now played by Kelly Godliman due to Louise Fullerton retirement from acting.
3)Colin Spaull appeared in tv story's Reverlation Of The Daleks & Rise Of The Cybermen/The Age Of Steel.

Synopsis.
The Eighth Doctor & Companion Lucie Miller visit Nineteenth century Sweden in the year 1898 & become embroiled in a con caper in attempting to steal the infamous Black Diamond from a known associate from the Doctor's past named Claudio Tardelli.

Yet unknown to the Doctor & Lucie the time travelling duo soon discover the Black Diamond is guarded by forces not of this Earth as the chase is on in recapturing the Black Diamond from the Doctor & Lucie who have boardered a train in there attempts to evade Tardelli & his mysterious forces.

Along the way the Eighth Doctor & Lucie Miller will meet there old acquaintances The Headhunter & her assistant Karen who want the Black Diamond for themselves.

Just what is so important about this mysterious Black Diamond that people would kill to get there hands on it?

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a rip roaring audio adventure written by the ever reliable Eddie Robson who's delivered an extremely entertaining Eighth Doctor adventure here which is a delight to hear from start to finish.

The story moves along at a brisk pace & writer Eddie Robson throws out the Doctor Who rulebook & writes a humourous engaging fast paced adventure which makes for a refreshing change from the usual Dalek, Cybermen or Base under siege type story's by having the Doctor & Lucie play against type & have there characters become jewel thiefs is a credit to Eddie Robsons writing as he somehow makes it work effortlessly.

Paul McGann & Sheridan Smith are on great form in this audio adventure & seem to be having the time of there lives recording the audio play which features a great cast of actor's including Christopher Benjamin & Michael Maloney who has appeared in several other Doctor Who play's for Big Finish but is most notably for voicing The Viyrans in several Big Finish Doctor Who audio adventures.

With superb high production values from Big Finish, Credit must go to the sound designer as the sound effects & incidental music create an atmosphere enhancing the drama somewhat on this excellent audio adventure.

One of the most enjoyable audio adventures in The Eighth Doctor Audio Adventures series & a highly recommended story for Doctor Who fan's of Big Finish audiobooks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable escapism, 15 Jun 2009
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This review is from: Grand Theft Cosmos (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
There were two aspects to this story that particularly worked for me:

1) The Headhunter / Karen re-appearance almost out of the blue and acting as a foil to the Doctor / Lucie

2) 19th century Sweden - I don't know why but the cast / sounds / acting really made me feel as though I was in Sweden (and yes I have been to Sweden, but no not in the nineteenth century).

I liked the idea of the Doctor needing to destroy works of art created by an alien which acts as a backdrop to this and I think that Doctor Who as a whole would benefit from the Doctor having some hobbies and acquiring new skills rather than just having lived a long time, knowing stuff and wandering essentially aimlessly and living in the moment. Not that I think a story arc should crowd out the story you understand!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 20 July 2010
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This review is from: Grand Theft Cosmos (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Hubby Loves Listening To Dr Who Audios And He Says Thanks A++++++++++++++++++++++++ Will Use Again
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3.0 out of 5 stars Doctors 2, 31 Mar 2010
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R. Thomas "unreadable" (S Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Grand Theft Cosmos (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
The Doctor and Lucie start out this story travelling on the first electric railway in 19th century stockholm. An oddly low key start to a bonkers little story leading to a race against some returning foes to steal a jewl. Very much feels like Doctor Who does Oceans 11 and the story has a lovely rompy sort of feel.

Like all stories in the range its a 45 min story rounded up to an hour with interviews with the cast and crew.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Theft Cosmos – The Cream Cheese on the cake!, 28 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Grand Theft Cosmos (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
First released in 2007, this is the fifth episode of the second season of standalone releases for Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor outside of the monthly range of Big Finish releases. This is a one disc release, with a single 50 minute episode. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc.

This second season of Eighth Doctor adventures was a really uneven series, with real highs and real lows. The previous release, Skull of Sobek, was as low as it could go, then Bam! This deliciously fun caper comes along, hitting all the right buttons and keeping you thoroughly entertained. You want the return of the Headhunter? Check. You want a heist story? Check. You want exuberant and playful performances from an in form Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith? Check. You want Michael Maloney and Christopher Benjamin as guest actors, turning in very high standard characters? Check. You want lots and lots of fun? Check. This is a story that, for me, hits all the right notes and keeps on hitting them. I found it faultless.

The Doctor and Lucie are in nineteenth century Stokholm, experiencing the delights of the revolutionary new electric railway. The Doctor becomes aware of an artwork by an artist that he considers to be cery dangerous, and who’s works the Doctor has been at pains to suppress. He determines that the only way to make sure the world is safe is to steal the art work. But for some reason the Headhunter also wants it. What follows is a fun and energetic tale as the two sides vie in their attempts at the heist, leading to a glorious, thrilling conclusion.

There’s no criticism I can level against it. A perfect release that does what Who does best – has fun. 5 stars. Cream Cheese...
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