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4.0 out of 5 stars Krynoids Are Back
Positive.
Great performances by Paul McGann & Sheridan Smith.
Outstanding horror story by the excellent Jonathan Morris.
The Doctor coming across the first human/ Krynoid mutating is dramatic & terrifying.

Negative.
Nigel Planer doesn't convince as the Disturbing Environment campaigner Alex Marlowe.
It's a 60 minute adventure, I'd have...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hothouse – You mentalist! You... environmentalist!
First released in 2009, this is the second episode of the third 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 (in a change from the previous releases) two 25 minute episodes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc. This is a follow up...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hothouse – You mentalist! You... environmentalist!, 8 April 2014
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hothouse (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
First released in 2009, this is the second episode of the third 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 (in a change from the previous releases) two 25 minute episodes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc. This is a follow up to the classic serial Seeds Of Doom. I haven’t seen that series and had no trouble following this so I can say that it does stand alone quite well.

The Doctor and Lucie are on earth investigating an environmental organisation led by an ageing rock (A bit like Sting, but even barmier). It turns out that he is trying to fuse humans with some alien plant life form called Krynoid in order to save the planet. But his idea of ‘saving’ sounds a lot like genocide to the Doctor.

Following the spectacularly good season opener, Orbis, this tale keeps a mention of the Doctor’s recent amnesia and his not really knowing who Lucie Miller is. This gives the play an interesting edge. McGann and Smith are excellent as usual, exploring this slightly new dynamic and showing how their relationship has changed. The rest of the story is a bit of a flat run around, and never really took off in my imagination in the same way as, say, Max Warp or Orbis. This isn’t helped by Nigel Planer’s somewhat mannered and stilted lead villain, who just doesn’t come to life for me. It’s not a bad story, just a bit meh. 3 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Krynoids Are Back, 23 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Hothouse (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Positive.
Great performances by Paul McGann & Sheridan Smith.
Outstanding horror story by the excellent Jonathan Morris.
The Doctor coming across the first human/ Krynoid mutating is dramatic & terrifying.

Negative.
Nigel Planer doesn't convince as the Disturbing Environment campaigner Alex Marlowe.
It's a 60 minute adventure, I'd have loved this fleshed out to a 4 part main range story.

Trivia.
There a in joke about Tom Baker's appearance on Animal Magic in 1979.

Audio Info.
This is part of he Eighth Doctor Adventures series 3, This is a single CD of 2 episdes running time 60 minutes which also includes behind the scene interviews.

Review.
Alex Marlowe former musician & now environment campaigner want the world to go green but is one of his proactive campaigners Lucie Miller?

The Doctor arrives on Earth & is to attend The World Ecological Bureau there he comes across Hazel Bright & the pair team up to investigate the Biodomes using a ruse that they are Inspectors doing a spot check.

The Doctor & Lucie communicate via headsets with Lucie breaking into the Dome & discovers a Green plantation pod.

When Lucie explains that she seen a green pod The Doctor suspects he's seen something similar in a past incarnation a Krynoid that attaches it's self to it's victim mutating it's host into a huge plant lke creature that has the power to possess all plantlife on earth.

Marlowe has been breeding Human/Krynoid to help the plantlife take over control of the Earths pooulation turning the human race into Krynoids.

Hazel is secretly working for Marlowe & helps to capture The Doctor & Lucie, Marlowe then has Hazel infected & locks her up with Lucie & he tampers with the Krynoid DNA rapidly mutating Hazel.

Can Lucie escape before Hazel is completely controlled by the Krynoid DNA thats infected her & can the Doctor find a way of stopping Marlowe & his insane experiments & save the human race from a Krynoid attack?

This is a fantastic genuine scary written story by Jonathan Morris who really ups the gore quota in this storys as the mutating scenes sound quite horrific thanks to some exellent sound design by Big Finish.

Paul McGann just exells as The Eighth Doctor & reminds us that we have missed out on a excellent tv incarnation, He really gives his all to the production in one of his scariest Doctor Adventures.

Sheridan Smith does well as the feisty Lucie Miller bringing attitude to her role giving strength of character yet great humorous one liners.

The weak link is Young Ones Nigel Planer who doesn't come across insane of remotely threatening unlike the excellent Tony Beckleys Harrison Chase in the Fourth Doctor adventure The Seeds Of Doom.

Personally I'd have loved this story as a 4 part adventure having a episode 3 & 4 being unleashed on London causing chaos & mayhem.

This is a superb horror story with genuine scarys & at times quite disturbing to listern to.

A fantastic release & well worth adding to your Big Finish collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's good. It just needs to be longer - and more original!, 23 Sep 2010
This review is from: Hothouse (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
First of all, I like the 8th Doctor, and I love Doctor Who stories that go for a horror theme.

The reviewer who calls this 'The Seeds Of Doom, Mk II', is right - writer Jonathan Morris has produced a decent story, but he's re-used several plot themes from the Doctor's first encounter with the deadly Krynoid. The halfway cliffhanger on this CD has the Doctor's companion threatened with being stung by a Krynoid pod, you have the human villain teaming up with the Krynoid to save his own skin, and it ends with an explosion, etc. It is like a condensed version of The Seeds Of Doom - and Mr Morris would have done better to have come up with some more innovative plot devices, to keep us listeners guessing. Perhaps he could have, if Big Finish had given the story more air time?

However, the earth of the near-future in this story provides some food for thought, the performances are good all round, there's a good (speeded-up) transformation of a character who tries to hold onto their humanity, and Sheridan Smith as the gutsy, quirky Lucy Miller continues to prove that she's one of the best companions of the Doctor - ever! (example: when getting a security door to open for her, after creating her own pass card, instead of saying "Open sesame" she says "Open sesame seed bun!" :)

All in all, not bad! And I liked Nicholas Briggs' re-mixing of the Doctor Who theme. Is there no end to this guy's talents? :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Seeds of Doom Mk. 2, 22 Dec 2009
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This review is from: Hothouse (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
There's something about 'Hothouse' that I love - in some ways, it's perfect 'Doctor Who', with a megalomaniac rock star turned environmental campaigner (think Sting crossed with Ernst Stavro Blofeld, wonderfully played by Nigel Planer) cultivating alien plant creatures - Krynoids - in the hope of saving the Earth from the devastation that humanity has caused. Naturally, things escalate out of control, and it's up to the Doctor to stop him and save the world.

Which is all well and good - except for the fact that, give or take a few small differences, the plot is worryingly similar to that of 'The Seeds of Doom', the 1970s TV story which saw Tom Baker's Doctor battle the Krynoids. Nigel Planer's character, Alex Marlowe, is just as unhinged as Tony Beckley's Harrison Chase from that story, and both have their bases in the grounds of an English country house. These similarities aren't necessarily a problem in themselves, but if you've seen 'The Seeds of Doom', you'll have a pretty good idea about where things are heading. Unfortunately, 'Hothouse' also suffers a little from the fact that the Krynoids aren't all that well-suited to audio - their appeal is very much in their visual appearance. Although there are a few fairly chilling scenes where we hear the pleas of poor unfortunates who have been infected and are slowly being transformed into the creatures, it's not quite enough to shake the nagging feeling that whoever thought it would be a good idea to revive the Krynoids didn't really think things through.

I'm left rather conflicted about 'Hothouse' in the end. Nigel Planer is good fun, cast against type in the role of a villain. Also, Paul McGann offers one of his most interesting performances as the Doctor - isolated from humanity for years thanks to his extended stay on Orbis, he's lost his affinity with human beings, making him a much more unpredictable, sometimes even cold figure, albeit with that essential element of compassion lingering beneath the surface. It feels very contemporary, and is full of great ideas - but they're not particularly original ideas.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dull Green, 19 Oct 2010
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S Maslin (Utsunomiya, Japan) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Hothouse (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
'Hothouse' labours under the shadow of a far superior TV story ('The Seeds of Doom') and resorts to a lot of desperate measures to get out from under it. To absoutely no avail. Having a woman taken over by the Krynoid this time changes nothing. (In the New Eighth Doctor Adventures, that particular gender bias is no surprise at all. Another woman is killed by what sounds like a chainsaw! In Doctor Who?!). The plot is pretty much a remake of its esteemed forebear, with some green politics heavy-handedly thrown in. Nigel Planer is totally unconvincing as the villain of the piece and the final resolution is hardly original, owing more than a little to 'Fury From The Deep' (or, if you prefer, The Sarah Jane Adventures story 'The Gift').

For all its attempts at environmental relevance, 'Hothouse' (like 'Wirrn Dawn', 'The Eight Truths' and 'Worldwide Web' later on) shows that previously successful aliens do not automatically make for a successful revival.

Worthy, relevant, perhaps even thought-provoking, but no fun at all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars saving the planet not the people, 4 May 2009
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Hothouse (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
latest release in the latest season of audio adventures for the eighth doctor who and his companion lucie miller. the story runs for two episodes of slightly over twenty five minutes each and is complete on one disc with interviews with cast and crew and a trailer for the next story at the end.

this one sees the return of the krynoid, an alien plant creature first seen in Doctor Who The Seeds of Doom [VHS] [1963]. there are continuity references in this one to that story but you can pick it up without having seen that. And this story is still resetting the status quo following previous one Orbis (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) but you should also be okay if you havent heard that.

the story involves a fanatical ecologist trying to save the world by taking control of the krynoid and using it to his own ends. and you can guess how that's going to turn out. chases and explosions and very nasty transformations follow. there's a credible effort to make the villain and the supporting characters people with believable motivations and that works fine. And the story does have a green agenda but it never preaches to the audience, it forces you to think about the issues at hand instead.

another entertaining release in an entertaining series
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3.0 out of 5 stars DIfficult second story, 28 April 2009
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This review is from: Hothouse (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Having got the third season of the Doctor and Lucie of to a great start, this second story represents a dip in form in my view. We have Nigel Planer as an ex-rock star / eco saviour in a Sting / Bono mould that I actually found very one dimensional - at no stage did the characterisation ever come across as having been in the music industry. The set up also bothered me - an Eden Project housing a deadly vegetable menace and once again the Doctor saves the world.

Why was I so bothered? Two reasons:
1) The new eighth doctor audios are great but until now have avoided overlapping with any part of history where the ninth / tenth (soon to be eleventh) TV Doctors could also legitimately have been involved. This story feels set in 2009 and as such to me overlaps with the remit of the TV show

2) The Doctor happily saves us from immediate danger of destruction from this alien or the other, yet never sits down and spends time saving us from climate change / aids / credit crunch... Ok it is a fantasy world, I just found that this story missed the target too far and by sticking to its territory ignored the real problem.

Apart from the plotting, Lucie has some character development, the relationship with the Doctor is still establishing new ground and the adventure is well made (as ever) with a mid-story split to allow subscribers to download over two weeks.
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