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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to condemn here, 15 April 2008
This review is from: The Condemned (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is a smashing story and one of the best offerings from the Big Finish team since they started creating original `past Doctor' audio adventures. Colin Baker has yet again proved that without the garish costume and the upheavals that epitomised his tenure as the Sixth TV Doctor, he could have been the best Doctor of all. His sonorous tones and arrogant enthusiasm are perfect for audio and he is obviously enjoying himself here as the prime suspect in a murder in modern Manchester. Another bold (and if this is anything to go by, resoundingly successful) move was to bring the Eighth Doctor's audio only companion Charlotte `Charlie' Pollard into contact with his Sixth incarnation. India Fisher grabs the opportunity to remain in the role, with both hands, and her sly deceiving of The Doctor regarding her origins is absolutely delightful. Baker also sparks well off Anna Hope as hard-bitten DI Menzies and her gradual acceptance of him is well-crafted and sincere. The resolution, involving people being absorbed into the walls of a building, is almost a sidebar to the interplay between The Doctor and DI Menzies and Charlie's imprisonment by the mysterious `Maxine' adds little to the drama. To sum up: The quality here is in the relationships - both transient and more permanent - when Big Finish concentrates on this aspect of Doctor Who they inevitably meet with a high level of success.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Condemn This Excellent Story, 13 April 2014
Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
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CD Info.
2xCD of a 4 episode adventure.
Running time 120 minutes approx., Trailer, Behind the scenes interviews.

1)The post teaser scene from The Girl Who Never Was is reprised at the beginning of this story.
2)Anna Hope played Novice Hame in Tenth Doctor episodes New Earth & Gridlock.
3)Will Ash appeared in Tenth Doctor episode 42 as Riley.
4)D.I Menzies reappears in The Raincloud Man & The Crimes Of Thomas Brewster.

Stranded Charley Pollard hears the roar of the Tardis as it materializes Charley runs towards it as a man steps out the blue police box but instead of Charley expecting the Eighth Doctor to rescue her it is infact the Sixth Doctor.

Charley knows knowledge about the Doctor's future who she thinks died by the hands of the Cybermen yet she must not reveal she is a future companion of his as it could cause a time paradox which would be catastrophic for the whole universe.

In the meantime the Sixth Doctor & Charley arrive in Manchester in 2008 were the duo become involved in a murder mystery at Ackley House finding a dead body.

The body is infact of Alien origin & arriving on the crime scene is DI Menzies who places the Doctor under arrest for murder confirming him as the main suspect.

Watching the Doctor been taken away by the Police is Maxine & somebody wants her to find out what happened in Ackley House & won't be happy if she doesn't find out the details of what exactly happened.

A deadly conspiracy is at work with the the fallout being felt beyond Ackley House as these sinister event's leave D.I Menzies out of her depth dealing with this investigation with the only help coming from a man she's arrested for murder.

The Doctor, Charley & D.I Menzies battle the sinister goings on inside Ackley House but will they all make it out alive?

Timelord Thoughts.
This story flows at a fast exciting pace as writer Eddie Robson delivers a well written Sixth Doctor adventure which is a great chilling mystery & also introduces us to D.I Menzies a great written character played by Anna Hope.

The story also set's up the Sixth Doctor & Charley relationship & lays the foundations of what's to come which is played wonderfully by both Colin Baker & India Fisher who share instant chemistry from there first scene together which shows the shake up in the Doctor/Compainion dynamic has paid off.

This is a excellent audio adventure written by Eddie Robson with creepy sound effects by Big Finish Productions & a new Doctor/Companion dynamic which marks a new era for both the Sixth Doctor & Charley.

Timelord Rating, 9/10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Condemned: I hadn't realised dimensionally transcendental time machines disguised as police boxes were so common!, 21 Mar 2013
Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is the hundred and fifth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six and, in an inspired move, India Fisher as Charlie. 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.

At the end of `The Girl Who Never Was', it was hinted that Charlotte Pollard had been rescued by the Sixth rather than the Eighth Doctor. This release confirms that, and reveals it to have been an inspired decision by the Big Finish production team. It immediately sets up some questions and tension. Firstly, why, if Charlie travelled with his sixth incarnation did the Eighth Doc not remember her? And as Charlie believes she saw the Eighth Doc die, should she warn Six not to visit Singapore in his Eighth form? Charlie decides t hide things from Six, immediately arousing his suspicions, and Colin Baker's Six is at his best when he is being suspicious.

Apart from bringing together what will go down in Who History as one of the classic Doctor/companion partnerships, and setting up a story arc that has a lot of potential, this is also a great little story. The Doctor and Charlie land the TARDIS in a decrepit block of flats, and immediately find a dead body. Charlie is soon kidnapped while the Doctor is arrested in connection with the murder by DI Menzies, another inspired creation from Big Finish, and a character that I am glad to see will return in future releases. The Doctor gets out of his arrest by the most ingenious method (and allows Colin Baker a bit of fun with a funny accent) and soon he's plunged into an intriguing tale investigating an alien presence on earth and working out just why the interlopers are knocking each other off. The big reveal is a nice touch, and an excellent idea.

I loved this release, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Old meets new in this brilliant crime thriler of a story, 29 Dec 2008
L. Green "Feltano" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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The 6th Doctor is in his element in this story as, along with Charley (previously a companion of the 8th Doctor), he travels to Manchester - 2008. Thus, with this adventure taking place in contemporary times, and in the setting of a gritty council estate, this has a distinct feel of some of the 9th and 10th Doctors recent TV adventures. And thus, by inserting Colin Baker's 6th Doctor into this setting, you are presented with a fascinating blend of old and new.

The Doctor and Charley work brilliantly together here, Charley's uncertainty at this 'new Doctor' and unfamiliarity at the modern world throwing up some interesting scenarios. Special mention must also go to Anna Hope's brilliant portrayal of DI Menzies who's tough-talking attitude becomes a backbone to this story.

From by-the-book murder mystery 'Prime Suspect' stylings as the story kicks off, more mysterious elements slowly creep in, resulting in some genuinely unsettling moments as we encounter alien autopsies and a disembodied voice talking through telephones. And rather refreshingly, the 'villains' of the piece are aliens that seem to want to take the Earth by more subtle, stealthy means for a change instead of the 'all guns blazing' approach often favoured by the TV series.

All in all, this is an intensely gripping story, fantastic from start to finish and represents what looks to be a great dynamic between the 6th Doctor and Charley.
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4.0 out of 5 stars you have the right to remain silent, 20 Mar 2008
Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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another audio adventure for colin baker's doctor who. as usual this comes in four twenty five minute long episodes, spread over two discs, and each disc ends with interviews with the cast and crew of the story.

A difficult one to review this without giving too much away, but since all the potential spoilers are detailed on the cd inlay anyway I might as well [so you may want to think before reading further]

charley pollard one time audio companion of the eighth doctor, was last heard at the end of the story the girl who never was, being rescued from a dead world by the arrival of the tardis. only it clearly wasn't her doctor at the controls...

we find from this that she's been rescued by the sixth doctor, at a time when he's travelling on his own. the resulting open scenes are great and highly entertaining because charley has to be careful about what she says since she thinks the eighth doctor died. thus for long term fans we have the bonus of a favourite character being taken in a new direction and for casual listeners the intriguing mystery of who this person the doctor has picked up is.

beyond that, the tardis comes to manchester in 2008, and the two quickly get separated when caught up in a murder mystery.

This is solved over the next four episodes, and whilst the plot isn't desperately special it's got some very nice ideas and some really creepy moments, and it's performed by a good guest cast who flesh out their characters well. the end promises more adventures for this tardis crew - charley has never been to modern earth before and she gets some great scenes as a result by virtue of her unfamiliarity with modern things - and I look forward to them.

A good little audio story.
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