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VINE VOICEon 2 July 2009
As the sleeve notes point out, audio gives a fantastic way to tell a big story with sound that is hard even with the kind of CGI we have available these days. This is another example a quality Big Finish product that is as good as it can be rather than merely good enough for the fans to buy.

The story is very much Aliens2 meets Dr. Who and the soundscape really does work, the Wirrn last seen in Ark in Space are fighting for territory with humanity, yet there was a time when they compromised.

Packed with fighting, space battles, sinister insect aliens and mini-cliff hanges this failed to get five stars only as the lunkhead soldiers were slightly more stereotypical than they could have been, and the resolving plot device was somewhat obvious.

Basically though a cracking tale!
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First released in 2009, this is the fourth 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 two 25 minute episodes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc.

Big Finish have, over the years, gained a reputation for doing new and interesting things with old Doctors, companions and monsters. And this is no exception. As the title suggests this story involves the Wirrn, fondly remembered from Tom Baker’s second story, the Robert Holmes penned ‘Ark In Space’. It takes these old monsters and explores them in a way that the TV series never bothered to, making you feel sympathy and understanding for the species.

Along the way it’s a rip roaring ride full of great adventure. Added to which there is a lot of excellent character moments for the Doctor and Lucie, which McGann and Smith play out beautifully.

It’s an adventure with a lot going on, and all of it great stuff to listen to. It’s full of the verve, vigour and insightfulness that we expect from the best Eighth Doctor adventures, 5 stars.
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fourth in the latest series of doctor who audio plays featuring paul mcgann as the eighth doctor and sheridan smith as his companion lucie miller. the story stands entirely on it's own and you can get into it without having heard earlier ones. or without having seen Doctor Who - The Ark In Space [1974] [DVD] [1963] the fourth doctor story that was the first to feature the wirrn, the insectoid aliens who feature in this one.

It's been likened to the movie and novel starship troopers with good reason, because it features humans fighting insect aliens. the tardis crew land in the middle of this, and are quickly forced to fight to survive when the ship they arrive on comes under attack. the doctor and lucie plus two soldiers - a hard bitten warrior and a teenage recruit - plus their feamle commander are all thrown together and end up stranded on a planet with lots of wirrn for company.

the wirrn are parasitic aliens who take over the bodies of other creatures and turn them into one of their own. can the doctor and the humans survive? and will the hidden truths about the planet come out?

the story is complete in two twenty five minute long episodes, and is absolutely gripping stuff. you're thrown right into the middle of the fighting and will feel the saem terror and confusion that lucie does. And after that the small cast means every character gets some great depth and some excellent moments, all played very well by actors colin salmon [seen in the doctor who tv episodes silence in the library and forest of the dead] and daniel anthony [clyde in the sarah jane adventures]

This story acknowledges right away that the doctor can't save the day here. all he, and everyone else - including the wirrn - can do is fight to survive. and a solution is eventually found. it raises a few moral dilemmas and it's not one you'll forget in a hurry. which is a sign of good writing.

I said the third in this season was the best so far, but this one is even better.

the disc ends with eighteen minutes worth of interviews with cast and crew. these are worth a listen not least for an interesting tale from the writer as to how your opinions of the show can change over time. and a short trailer for the next release in the series. I'm looking forward to it
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on 19 October 2010
Perhaps you thought that the New Eighth Doctor Adventures couldn't get any worse than 'The Zygon Who Fell To Earth'. Think again.

This has to rank as one of the most unbearable sixty minutes I have ever spent wearing headphones, fond memories of 'The Ark in Space' forever tainted by association with this dire sequel. This being the NEDAs, it's no surprise (need I point it out) that the only woman in the spaceship crew is the one to be taken over by the Wirrn (her transformation so poorly realised as to sound like a porn movie through an effects pedal).

Throughout, the sound design is grating and unpleasant and it's safe to say that, apart from Daniel Anthony as Delong, this has not one single redeeming feature.

Just awful.
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