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5.0 out of 5 stars beneath the surface
sixth in the latest series of doctor who audio stories featuring paul mcgann as the doctor and sheridan smith as his companion lucie miller. As usual the two have a great chemistry together, the story is complete in one part, and the disc contains interviews with the cast and crew at the end and a trailer for the next release in the season. some of this might be a little...
Published on 1 July 2008 by Paul Tapner

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1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel
No, no, no, no, no, no, no!

All right, fair enough, the cast do their best with what he has to work with (which is nothing at all) but every single feeble attempt at humour or dramatic tension falls flat. As this is from the pen of Paul Magrs, it comes as absolutely no surprise that the only woman in the cast other than Sheridan Smith has her throat ripped out,...
Published on 19 Oct 2010 by S Maslin


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beneath the surface, 1 July 2008
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Zygon Who Fell to Earth (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
sixth in the latest series of doctor who audio stories featuring paul mcgann as the doctor and sheridan smith as his companion lucie miller. As usual the two have a great chemistry together, the story is complete in one part, and the disc contains interviews with the cast and crew at the end and a trailer for the next release in the season. some of this might be a little longer than usual because the box says sixty minutes running time but I made it almost an hour and a quarter.

The stories in this season have been self contained and you should be able to get into them without having heard the rest of the range. this one does reuse a character from a story in the previous season, lucie's aunty pat, but you shouldnt have any difficulty getting to grips with it if you haven't heard that one as there is good exposition.

The story involves them meeting pat at a hotel she runs in the lake district in the 1980's - some good throwaway references to things of the time set the scene well - only to find her husband has a secret, and some old enemies of the doctor are lurking under the lake. The zygons.

can the doctor save the day from their evil plan? and what will pat's husband do now his secret is out?

a hugely entertaining listen this one, thanks to an excellent supporting cast all putting their all into well drawn characters. In addition to the usual doctor battling the monsters dilemma it also raises some good moral conundrums that make you think. there are a few great character moments on the way that are laugh out loud funny, but the ending is incredibly powerful emotional stuff and you will not forget it in a hurry as a result.

Best in this season so far. an excellent listen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eighth Doctor, A Zygon Encounter & Lucie's Aunty Pat, 23 July 2014
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This review is from: The Zygon Who Fell to Earth (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who : The Zygon Who Fell To Earth.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor.
Companion : Lucie Miller.
Main enemy: The Zygons.
Main setting: Kendal, England, 1984.
Writer: Paul Magrs.
Director: Barnaby Edwards.
Release number: 2.6
Format: 1x CD.
Running time 60 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul McGann
Lucie Miller - Sheridan Smith
Trevor - Steven Pacey
Urtak - Malcolm Stoddard
Mims - Tim Brooke-Taylor
Aunty Pat - Lynsey Hardwick
Grakus - Katarina Olsson

Trivia.
1)The Doctor doesn't know what a song remix is.
2)Pat first met Trevor at a Folk Festival in Kendal in 1979.
3)Some Zygon clans are more violent than others.
4)The song "Falling Star" is sung by Steven Pacey, with music by Tim Sutton & lyrics by Barnaby Edwards.
5)Auntie Pat last appeared in (Audio: Horror of Glam Rock), This story explains that the Auntie Pat who Lucie knew in her past (before she began travelling with the Doctor) was actually a Zygon copy.
6)The Doctor recalls his previous encounters with the Zygons in Scotland in the 1970s (Tv: Terror of the Zygons).
7)Steven Pacey played Tarrant in series 3 & 4 of Blake's 7.

Plot Synopsis.
Ten years later and Aunty Pat is in her prime. She's snagged herself an ex rock star at the Kendal Folk Festival & now, in the brave new world of the early 1980s they manage together a snazzy hotel on the poetic and shingly shore of Lake Grasmere.

However, still waters run deep & friends from the past are returning, intent on milking the old cash-cow as the arrival of the Eighth Doctor & Lucie will end with the Doctor having to make a difficult choice.

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer Paul Magrs reprises the character of Lucie's Aunty Pat who with her husband Trevor feature alongside the Eighth Doctor & Lucie in a fun fast paced adventure that masks a forthcoming tragedy which I won't spoil here for readers but upon first listen I must say I was shocked by what happened & yet it makes complete sense & adds some emotional weight to the choices & decision making for the Eighth Doctor in this surprisingly touching adventure by writer Paul Magrs.

The Zygons are very well suited to audio appearing for the first time in a Big Finish play, the creepy sound effects echo those in Terror Of The Zygons making the Zygons instantly recognisable as writer Paul Magrs delivers some wonderful moments of warmth blended with humour & tragedy plus an ending that left me teary eyed & devastated.

Paul McGann is excellent as the Eighth Doctor who's decisions sows the seeds for future storys at the end of this story, Magrs script really captures the inner turmoil of the Doctors psyche, his thoughts into his choices & why he makes them adds such a dramatic weight to this adventure.

Sheridan Smith as Lucie Miller continues to impress & delivers a feisty yet vulnerable performance here that is heartfelt & believable, Smith is a very talented actress & can seemingly change emotional beats at the blink of an eye.

The Zygons debut in such an unusual script could've been farical had it not been for Magrs multi-layered script helped along by actor Malcolm Stoddard's excellent rendition of the Zygon 'Urtak' while former Goodie Tim Brooke-Taylor's performance as 'Mims' is funny without descending into silliness.

Overall, The Zygon Who Fell To Earth is a excellent second part to the loose Aunty Pat trilogy that features the Zygons Big Finish debut, Magrs script is a cracking paced & heartfelt story featuring great performances by the cast aided by witty dialogue & a shocking heartbreaking twist that could have shocking ramifications for future adventures for somebody in this adventure, whatever you do make sure you catch this excellent audio adventure it's well worth a listen.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Zygon Who Fell To Earth – I wandered as lonely as a clown?, 4 April 2014
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Zygon Who Fell to Earth (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
First released in 2008, this is the sixth 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.

Following from the bouncy, fun, and excellent ‘Grand theft Cosmos’, Big Finish treat us to a dark, moving and equally excellent tale in this release. The Doctor and Lucie are in the Lake District in the Eighies, visiting Lucie’s Auntie Pat (last encountered in the Seventies in ‘The Horror Of Glam Rock’), who is now running a small hotel with her husband Trevor. But, as usual, not all is as it seems and things all start to go wrong when some of Trevor’s old mates from the music business show up.

It’s a multilayered story, one that contrasts some powerful character moments with lighter humerous touches. The presence of the great Tim Brooke-Taylor ensures that the humerous touches are played to perfection, his Mimms is, for me, one of the real highlights of the episode. But there is a dark undercurrent here, as the Doctor battles to save the earth. Sheridan Smith excels as Lucie, portraying her with both strength and vulnerability as required. Paul McGann is as usual excellent as the Doctor, full of energy and compassion, doing anything to prevent his companion getting hurt.

It’s a highlight of this series. 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another rock and roll eighth doctor adventure, 29 April 2010
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Tony Jones "Tony" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Zygon Who Fell to Earth (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Whilst I am not a big fan of Paul Magrs I enjoyed this story, it has a 'Goodie' in the case, is the second of the three Auntie Pat stories and is indeed where the plot twist that leads to the end of 'Death in Blackpool' and Lucie's time in the Tardis comes from.

This pushes boundaries as well, Auntie Pat happily living with a Zygon being one of them, and a chance for the Doctor to treat an alien as an individual not an automatic enemy (which also happened with the Ice Warriors on Peladon back in the Pertwee days).

No doubt that this is a solid story in the series 2 arc.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Drivel, 19 Oct 2010
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S Maslin (Utsunomiya, Japan) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Zygon Who Fell to Earth (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
No, no, no, no, no, no, no!

All right, fair enough, the cast do their best with what he has to work with (which is nothing at all) but every single feeble attempt at humour or dramatic tension falls flat. As this is from the pen of Paul Magrs, it comes as absolutely no surprise that the only woman in the cast other than Sheridan Smith has her throat ripped out, only to survive as a male pretending to be a human female. (Am I missing something or is the ubiquitous treatment of women as victims supposed to in some way redress the balance of sexual equality?)

The plot is painfully obvious and at times frankly embarrassing. The love theme is crass and the ending is an appalling get-out-of-jail-free card. Worst of all, the Zygons, one of the finest alien creations of the Tom Baker era, are reduced to any-old alien menace as you listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 20 July 2010
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This review is from: The Zygon Who Fell to Earth (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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