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5.0 out of 5 stars The Boy That Time Forgot: Unforgettable farewell to an old friend
This is the hundred and tenth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa and features a very welcome guest role for the great Andrew Sachs. There are 4 episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger...
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WARNING THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion: Nyssa.
Featuring a special guest appearance by John Pickard as Thomas Brewster.
Main enemy: Adric.
Main setting: London, March 1868.
Earth, 420,000,000 BC.
2xCD.
4 episodes.
Running time 120 minutes approx.
Writer: Paul Magrs.

Extras...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Boy That Time Forgot: Unforgettable farewell to an old friend, 21 Mar 2013
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This review is from: The Boy That Time Forgot (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the hundred and tenth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa and features a very welcome guest role for the great Andrew Sachs. 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.

This is the second in a strong trilogy of adventures that started with the Haunting Of Thomas Brewster, and deals with the Doctor's adventures whilst trying to recover the TARDIS, stolen by Brewster the end of the aforementioned release. The Doctor, Nyssa and two Victorian friends find themselves thrown back in time to prehistoric earth, encountering a dominant race of scorpions that shouldn't be there, and a very old friend.

I do not wish to spoil the surprise of the identity of the old friend, it is revealed in a highly dramatic and effective scene at the end of the first episode. Andrew Sachs plays him just as he was in the TV series, but much older, and does a fine job. Davison and Sutton's interactions with him are superb, and it really does recapture the character.

There is lots of exciting running around being chased by giant scorpions and the like, and a really great study of the relationship between the Doctor and his companions that will delight long time fans of the series. There is even a little bit of redemption at the end. It's a landmark release that shows just how good Big Finish can be, especially when dealing with sensitive subjects from the TV days. 5 stars.

This release sees the return of the CD extras missing from the previous few releases. In these there is some interesting chat from Davison and Sarah Sutton about their time on TV together, and Davison's attitude towards some of his stories and companions. Interesting stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Giant Scorpions and the return of a once-lost friend for the Doctor and Nyssa!, 6 Jun 2014
This review is from: The Boy That Time Forgot (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is a rip-roaring fun adventure of `Doctor Who' in the stylish adventure movies from the 70s.

`The Boy That Time Forgot' is another gripping adventure by Paul Magrs with the Doctor and Nyssa (Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton). I enjoyed this story! Although it seems bizarre and outlandish at times in terms of context and believability; it's a thrilling ride. It's a pseudo-fantasy adventure in pre-historic times with giant scorpions and a huge fortress in the centre of a valley. It's also a story the Doctor and Nyssa come face to face with someone they thought they'd never see again!

Following on from 'The Haunting of Thomas Brewster', the Doctor and Nyssa are stranded in Victorian times after the TARDIS was stolen by young Brewster. They're trying to find a way to get it back. They become acquainted with novelist Mrs Beatrice Mapp, and hold a séance at her house with nine more people. They attempt to use Block Transfer Computation to locate the TARDIS and conduct the experiment. But the experiment goes wrong, and the Doctor and Nyssa with Mrs Mapp and a seeming adventurer called Rupert Von Thal are transported back in time to the prehistoric age. There they encounter terrifying mantises and giant scorpions who run a city of logic in the heart of a valley. The Doctor, Nyssa and their new friends are captured by the scorpions and taken to the palace where they meet the Scorpion King. The Scorpion King turns out to be...Adric!

No! It can't be! It simply can't be! Adric died, didn't he? He died in 'Earthshock' with the Cybermen! No he didn't! He managed to survive when the freighter crashed into Earth. But it's not Matthew Waterhouse who's playing Adric in this audio adventure. He's played by Andrew Sachs, who's well known for playing Manuel in `Fawlty Towers' and also played Skagra in the audio version of `Shada'. Adric is an old man, and Andrew makes him sound really old when he plays him. I was delighted to be hearing Andrew Sach in an audio adventure of `Doctor Who' with Peter and Sarah. It's such a shame Matthew didn't come back to play Adric as an old man in this story. But at least Matthew's playing Adric again in some new audio adventures in 'The Fifth Doctor Box Set' from Big Finish.

Adric in this story is very bitter old man, who's created a kingdom of scorpion in the valley in prehistoric times. He uses mathematics and Block Transfer Computation for the world he's created. He's vengeful on the Doctor who he believes left him behind to die when the freighter crash-landed to Earth. He pushes the Doctor into a pit to almost get eaten by a giant spider. He re-establishes his relationship with Nyssa who he's missed very much and intends to make her his bride against her will. As the Doctor says, he maybe an old man, but he's still a boy inside'. The Doctor tells Adric to `grow up!' at some point as he's sounds so immature. I like the references to previous stories with Adric including `Earthshock' and his first story 'Full Circle'. There's also a reference to Tegan, when he asks what's happened to her as she was left back at Heathrow Airport in 'Time-Flight'. Andrew does every well in mastering the voice of elderly Adric, as he has the snack especially since he played a Spanish waiter Manuel in a very popular British sitcom.

I found the relationship between Nyssa and Adric in this story very interesting. It's clear that Adric had a secret crush on Nyssa during their travels together in the TARDIS. But the thought of the two of them ever getting together and being a couple was never going to happen. For one thing, Adric never made a move towards her. So when Adric forces himself onto Nyssa and declares her to become his bride in ruling the Scorpion city, she's horrified and runs away from him. It's revealed Nyssa never saw Adric in that way - in a romantic way. She just considered him a good friend. "I was very fond of you, Adric! Nothing more!" The fact that Adric's an old man and Nyssa's still a pretty young girl makes it obvious that she doesn't want to know. She preferred the young, frustrating, brash pig-headed boy she used to know in Adric, not this old man who's changed and become bitter. Adric's pretty upset at being rejected and is determined to have her, especially not to let the Doctor get in his way. I really like it when Sarah Sutton and Andrew Sachs play scenes as Adric and Nyssa in this story, as it comes across so well.

Sarah Sutton is on top form in this story! She's absolutely brilliant and lovely! I really enjoyed listening to Sarah as Nyssa! Nyssa is stranded with the Doctor in Victorian times. She wants to get the TARDIS back like the Doctor, since she's had enough of Victorian times. She expresses how annoyed she is that Bea and Rupert aren't enjoying the thrills of being in prehistoric Earth and want to get back home. When she meets Adric again, she's stunned and amazed. She feels uncomfortable when Adric's making advances towards her and claiming her to be his bride. She's very resourceful when coming up with an idea to get herself, Bea, Rupert and the Doctor back home to Victorian times. I liked the moments she has with the Doctor when he gets bitten by mosquitos and complains why she isn't getting bitten. "You must taste nicer," she ruefully remarks which I like. Nyssa experiences telepathic communication with Adric and seeing the Scorpion City from a view. I really like the scene in the last episode where Nyssa and the Doctor, contemplating life on Victorian Earth. It's a scene where Sarah's Nyssa and Peter's Doctor really bond and connect, and that they get on so well.

Peter Davison is superb as the Doctor in this story. He's learning with how to deal with the fact that Adric is still alive. He never really dealt with his guilt over Adric's `death' since `Earthshock'. Here he sees Adric alive and is shocked by it. He knows that this is wrong since Adric is dead. He's also shocked that Adric created this world where dinosaurs don't exist and the giant scorpions rule. He gets to mind-link Adric's `Star' at the palace and discovers this new creation is of the remains of the space freighter that crashed into Earth. It's revealed that the Doctor's responsible for Adric's surviving and becoming the Scorpion King and all of this is his fault. He gets to share some scenes with Bea and Rupert which I liked when they escape from their prison cell and go down deep into the catacombs to confront the grandparent scorpions. The Doctor also gets to use a cricket ball to knock one of the grandparents out to save Rupert's life! Owzat!

Harriet Walter appears in this story playing Beatrice Mapp (`Bea' for short). I remember seeing Harriet in `Lord Peter Wimsey' when I watched it with my parents. Harriet plays a Victorian novelist who joins in on the adventure with the Doctor and Nyssa in prehistoric times. Bea's a woman of Victorian principles, but is very strong and firm in her beliefs. I like Harriet's performance as Bea and she has a clear voice when playing the character. I enjoyed her scenes with Rupert Von Thal who form an sentimental attachment together. Both Bea and Rupert fight a mantis in the jungle at the beginning of the story. I like that scene where Bea challenging the Doctor on his adventures and asks whether it's always like this with him being dangerous. Bea stands up to Adric, telling him that he and Rupert came with the Doctor of their own choice. Bea is flattered when Rupert proposes marriage to him, and she gladly accepts.

Adrian Scarborough plays Rupert Von Thal in the story. I enjoyed listening to Adrian's performance as Rupert. Adrian is well-known for being in TV shows like `Upstairs, Downstairs' and `Gavin and Stacey' and in the film `The King's Speech'. Rupert seems to be an well-versed adventurer and explorer when he joins the Doctor, Nyssa and Bea on their travels. But it turns out Rupert's not really an adventurer, as he's a secretary for a Professor Quandary. But he does so heroic traits and becomes very brave, fighting mantises in the jungle and standing up to scorpions. He's a hero to Bea who he shares an interesting relationship with. Sometimes their romance is over-the-top in the story when played out by the actors. Even Nyssa is slightly embarrassed when watching them. But they're by no means appealing characters and wonderful creations from the mind of Paul Magrs.

The scorpion characters are joy to listen to. There are two actors playing the scorpions. They're Claire Wyatt and Oliver Senton. Claire has appeared in a Doctor Who story before with Peter and Sarah in Big Finish called 'Return to the Web Planet' and she was very good in that. Here she plays equally insect/arachnid like performances in the scorpions such as Madam Teegarna and the Grandmother Scorpion. Oliver Senton is very good too playing scorpions such as Kranlee; Lohkarr and the Grandfather Scorpion. The names of these scorpions are given to them by Adric from people he knew. E.g. Teegarna (guess who?) translates in Adric's language as `mouth on legs' and Kranlee is derived from Lord Cranleigh who appeared in 'Black Orchid'.

Paul Magrs, the writer of this title, puts in a lot of influences from other stories to connection to Adric, including 'Logopolis' and 'Castrovalva'. The block transfer computation element is incorporated in this story to great effect as well as Adric's mathematics and computations in creating the scorpion city. I must find I found this element rather baffling, especially since people kept saying 00001; 01000; 10110 a lot. Adric's city is described by Nyssa as being Logopolis. So the Bidmead influence runs throughout this story.

By the end of the story, Thomas Brewster returns (played by John Pickard). The TARDIS returns to the Doctor and Nyssa in Victorian times with Thomas inside. It's Adric who's done this in bringing the TARDIS and Adric back. I really like how the comparison is made between Adric and young Brewster on how they're both similar in terms of being orphans and Artful Dodger-like characters. Thomas tells this story about Adric to the Doctor and Nyssa, who allow him to join him in their travels in the TARDIS. This makes Brewster a brand-new `Doctor Who' companion to enjoy more adventures in the TARDIS with his friends. But it's not going to be an easy ride. I loved it when the Doctor warns Thomas about there being terrible things and Nyssa saying there are wonderful things when they travel in the TARDIS. I love it when the TARDIS doesn't take off at first and the Doctor shouts within, "Thomas Brewster! What have you done to my TARDIS?!", "Uh, nothing!"; "You young man, have got some serious explaining to do!"

`The Boy That Time Forgot' is an exciting story with the Doctor and Nyssa. It's bizarre and far too extraordinary and extravagant, but I found it very appealing. I love the return of Adric, played wonderfully by Manuel/Andrew Sachs; the thrill of action and adventure in the prehistoric jungles with giant scorpions; and the return of Thomas Brewster and the TARDIS in the story. Sarah and Peter provide excellent performances in this story as the Doctor and Nyssa who I love instantly!

I enjoyed the CD extras including on `The Boy That Time Forgot'. There's a Coming Soon trailer for the Colin Baker and India Fisher story `The Doomwood Curse'. And at the end of both discs, there are behind-the-scenes interviews on the making-of `The Boy That Time Forgot' with the cast. This includes Peter Davison; Sarah Sutton; Andrew Sachs; Harriet Walter; Adrian Scarborough; Claire Wyatt and Oliver Senton. I especially enjoyed Peter and Sarah being interviewed together and are great interacting with each other. I found it interesting when they commenting on doing DVD audio commentaries and the possibility of doing audio commentaries on the Big Finish audios. That would be really exciting if they did that, and I would for that to happen. Although I suppose it would be pretty problematic to do in turning the audio down and talking over points that can easily be missed in the story. But it would be welcoming indeed!

The next story for the Doctor, Nyssa and Thomas Brewster is 'Time Reef'.
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3.0 out of 5 stars To Absent Friend's Or New Enemy's, 5 Jun 2014
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This review is from: The Boy That Time Forgot (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
WARNING THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion: Nyssa.
Featuring a special guest appearance by John Pickard as Thomas Brewster.
Main enemy: Adric.
Main setting: London, March 1868.
Earth, 420,000,000 BC.
2xCD.
4 episodes.
Running time 120 minutes approx.
Writer: Paul Magrs.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)The Doctor mentions Iris Wildthyme would be around in London in 1868 but they would not ask her for help.
2The Doctor has shaved the beard which he had grown at some point between November 1866 and November 1867 as the scientists at the British Royal Academy were not taking him seriously due to his youthful appearance. (AUDIO: The Haunting of Thomas Brewster)
3)The Doctor recalls Adric's supposed death. (TV: Earthshock)
4)Tegan was left at Heathrow Airport in 1982. (TV: Time-Flight)
5)The Doctor, Nyssa and Adric all speak of Logopolis and the Logopolitans. (TV: Logopolis)
6)Thomas Brewster stole the TARDIS on 14 November 1867. (AUDIO: The Haunting of Thomas Brewster)
7)This story marks the first appearance of Adric in an audio drama, though an illusory version of him created by the Kro'ka appeared in AUDIO: The Last, Adric would later appear in AUDIO: The Darkening Eye and AUDIO: The Invasion of E-Space.
8)Matthew Waterhouse doesn't reprise Adric in this story as this is a older bitter incarnation of the character played by Andrew Sachs.
9)Andrew Sachs played Skagra in Big Finishes adaption of Shada.

Plot Synopsis.
In a weird jungle valley, the Victorian explorer Rupert Von Thal saves Bloomsbury novelist Beatrice Mapp from a ghastly death in the grip of a monstrous mantis. But this is no Lost World of the dinosaurs.

According to their travelling companions, the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa, all four have been transported back to a primitive Earth that should never have existed!

Further down the valley is the vast city where the scorpions live, Walking, talking, intelligent scorpions, ruled over by their cruel and sinister master, The Doctor and Nyssa are being drawn ever tighter into the clutches of... the boy that time forgot.

In a prehistoric jungle, inhabited by impossible creatures, the Doctor's past comes back to haunt him, The dinosaurs died, but the scorpions survived, and deep in an ancient city, an old friend of the doctor awaits him. Adric, The Scorpion King!

Timelord Thoughts.
I have mixed feelings on this story by Paul Magrs on one hand it has a great Lost World type feel to the adventure featuring giant Scorpions that delivers some tense action sequences, Yet on the other hand the play is let down by a unconvincing performance by Andrew Sachs as an older Adric.

Peter Davison gives his usual charming performance as the fifth Doctor & the scenes were he discovers Adric is in fact alive are wonderfully acted by Davison as Adrics death in Earthshock has always guilt ridden his fifth incarnation yet swaps one feeling of guilt for another as he discovers what his companion has now become bitter & evil.

Sarah Sutton as Nyssa gives a wonderful performance & hits the emotional beats of the story superbly & her scenes with Adric are quite emotional although I'm not sold on Adrics love for Nyssa wanting her as his bride as they had more a brother & sister type relationship in the tv series,

So it's such a shame then that actor Andrew Sachs is so miscast as Adric who doesn't in anyway interpret any of the characters characteristics, Sachs voice doesn't feel right for the character as the entire performance feels disjointed as he performs Adric as a insane rambling lunatic although the scene were he throws the Doctor into a pit to be eaten by a giant spider is quite shocking & another great moment in the play.

Writer Paul Magrs doesn't gel the story threads together writing a uneven humoured & at times farcical story as when the Doctor & Nyssa are reunited with Adric this part of the story should've been tense & shocking in delivering a huge impact on the listener, Yes the character has become stranded for many years on prehistoric Earth but Sachs sounds far to hammy in the part & doesn't deliver a dark & bitter Adric that the play seems to be aiming for.

Overall a average story that had such potential if this had been written with a more serious tone & let the characters develop telling the story this could've been a classic audio adventure instead of being a slightly disappointing one.

Checkout the excellent Paul Tapner & Tim Bradleys reviews for a alternative review of this story.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars the very lost world, 6 Aug 2008
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Another audio story for doctor who. This one features Peter Davison as the fifth doctor, and Sarah Sutton as his companion Nyssa.

As usual this runs for four episodes each of twenty five minutes in duration. It is spread over two discs, two episodes a disc. The first begins with a trailer for the forthcoming audio story the doomwood curse, the next in the range, and both discs end with roughly fifteen minutes worth of interviews with cast and crew. The ones on this are really very good, Peter Davison especially being an excellent interviewee.

The story actually follows on from an earlier fifth doctor audio called the haunting of Thomas Brewster, which ended on something of a cliffhanger. This story picks up the doctor's efforts to deal with what happened there.

As a result of a scientific experiment that he instigates, the doctor and nyssa and a man and a woman from the 19th century are stranded in prehistoric times. But theres's something not quite right about the land and the beings where they end up.

And that's all because...

And that's all I can say without spoilers. please don't give me an unhelpful vote for that [although that won't stop the person who gives all of these unhelpful votes, but that's their problem] you'll thank me for it as the end of episode one is a brilliant cliffhanger, and not one you will forget in a hurry.

And whilst you don't need to have heard the haunting of Thomas Brewster to hear this, as it gives enough information about the previous story at the start, a lot of this story will not mean anything to you if you're not familiar with some events from tv stories in which Peter Davison played the doctor. It does help to know your continuity to get the most out of this.

But if you do, you will be rewarded with quite an enjoyable adventure. A deliberate pastiche of films like the lost world and at the earths core, with victorian adventurers battling ancient monsters, the supporting cast and characters are all very good, there are some real surprises on the way, and there are some emotional moments in part four that you won't forget in a hurry.

Not the best release of the year, but a very good one and well worth a listen
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mathematically Excellent!, 24 Nov 2008
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Is this a dream come true for many Doctor Who fans who remember the early 80s with mixed feelings? Adric, the obnoxious wooden boy; transformed - not into a real boy - but into a senile, vindictive old man!
The initial shock of discovering that a character, memorably killed-off in the TV story `Earthshock', is alive and well, is compounded by his transformation from sullen know-all to decrepit 500 year old with a giant spider as his pet and a society of scorpion-people who worship him as their god.
Paul Magrs has created a fascinating tale of simmering bitterness and misjudged vitriol; Victorian adventurers mix with alien creatures and the TARDIS crew are stranded after their craft was hijacked at the end of the previous story. Andrew Sachs excels as you'd expect, as the barely-sane `abomination' Adric, as the Doctor pronounces him. Sarah Sutton reprises Nyssa's cool and slightly sardonic parity with The Doctor and Peter Davison oozes slightly bewildered charm as the Doctor's Fifth incarnation.
The story opens with a scene that appears to be homage to H.G. Wells' Time Machine: A group of atypical Upper-class Victorians discuss the possibilities of time-travel and are led into using Block Transfer Computations to enable them to travel far back into the Earth's past, without the aid of a time machine...
Whilst original Adric actor, Matthew Waterhouse, would no doubt be intent on instructing Sachs in the finer points of acting for audio (despite never having performed in this medium himself), for the listener this is all the better for not having the young Alzarian in its cast. The aged Adric's unreasonable hatred of The Doctor for what he sees as the Timelord's abandonment of him is superbly manifested by Sachs; The Doctor himself appears to feel that he is deserving of this and despite Nyssa's protestations, he seems determined to shoulder the blame for the death of the young Alzarian.
The CD extras are highly enjoyable; Davison makes it abundantly clear how little time he has for Waterhouse and Sarah Sutton displays thinly-veiled dislike of the actor as well. One has to feel sorry for Matthew, and his absence from the audio bearing his most famous creation is more than a little intriguing.
With the recent news that Big Finish have had their publishing licence renewed, it is an exciting time for fans of the monthly audio series - one wonders whether the newly retired Tenth Doctor will add himself to the audio canon; anyone who has listened to `Pest Control' must surely be relishing the idea - come on David; step forward once more...
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