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5.0 out of 5 stars The truth is in here - or is it?, 2 Oct 2009
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Tony Jones "Tony" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Eight Truths (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
So now we hit the two-part end of season. We start with Lucie in a hotel on her own in 2015, the Doctor side-tracked with an off-course space probe. Lucie wanders off and bumps into Karen of all people. After an initial 'distrust' Lucie finds that Karen has joined a cult - the Eight Fold Truth. Despite some scepticism, Lucie is persuaded to go to an assessment at which, via the use of a healing crystal, Lucie begins to seriously question her relationship with the Doctor and their future.

Meanwhile the Doctor realises that something serious is wrong, tries to contact Lucie who by now is seriously brainwashed and has found out she is 'the one'. She has now time for the Doctor, and this is a really strong piece of acting and scripting.

As the action plays out, the Doctor tries to find Lucie via the cult and finds support in the guise of a reporter out to discredit them. Add to all this the reappearance of the Headhunter and the cult's belief that a rebel-sun is on its way to the earth we have a tremendous cocktail of ingredients for a smashing story.

Mix in with this some great casting - Stephen Moore as the cult leader, Sanjeev Bhaskar as the scientist and Sophie Winkelman all of whom are excellent and this is a great start to the end of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the new sun, 26 Oct 2009
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Eight Truths (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
latest in the third series of doctor who audio plays featuring paul mcgann as the doctor and sheridan smith as his companion lucie miller. Like all of them it's on one disc and runs for two twenty five minute episodes. But this one isn't complete in that time, as it's the first part of a two part season finale.

Characters from previous releases whom we haven't seen in a while reappear and a few elements from the first story in the season come back into play. But those who haven't heard those shouldn't have too much trouble getting into this.

Set in near future london, the Doctor investigates a missing space probe. Meantime Lucie, via an old acquaintance, is drawn into a cult and thoroughly brainwashed. This is all written and played in a very convincing manner.

As the Doctor fights back, with the help of an appealingly nonplussed scientist who takes it all in his stride and a former cult member turned journalist on a mission with a score to settle, the world is thrown into panic by a strange sight in the sky. But that's nothing compared to what's happening in the cult hq. As some old enemies of the doctor are on their way...

This doesn't feel like it wastes a moment of it's fifty minutes, as the narrative pace never slows down for a second. The final cliffhanger does come over as being a bit abrupt, but that's the only minor complaint to be levelled against an otherwise excellent story.

The last track on the disc is sixteen minutes worth of interviews with the cast. There's no trailer for the next part Worldwide Web (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures), but that doesn't matter because after hearing this you'll be desperate to get it and find what happens next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The eight truths – Can the Doctor get to the truth of the matter?, 21 Oct 2014
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Eight Truths (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
First released in 2009, this is the seventh 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.

This has been an exceptionally strong season of releases for McGann’s eighth Doctor. This is the first part of a two part story that rounds the season out with some style. The Doctor and Lucie are investigating a strange cult, the eightfold way, which seems to be taking over the earth. A simple premise, but one that allows for so much to be done as the writers explore the nature of cults, poking a little fun at one of the more prominent contemporary offenders. The Doctor and Lucie are apart for most of the story, and both get a lot to do. Both have a lot of fun, and this shows the Eighth Doctor at his bouncy tiggerish best as he runs hither and thither trying to resolve things. And just when you think it is coming to a resolution the door is kicked wide open for the next part of the story with the unveiling of the true threat.

A great story, fantastically produced. 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who & The Spider Cult, 20 May 2014
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This review is from: The Eight Truths (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
CD Info.
1xCD of a 2CD interlinked story together with Worldwide Web.
2 episode, Running time 60 minutes approx.

Extra.
Trailer.
15 minutes of behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)Sanjeev Bhaskar is better known for comedy roles in Goodness Gracious Me & The Kumars At No 42.
2)Sophie Winkleman is the half sister of presenter Claudia Winkleman.
3)Stephen Moore appeared as a Silurian in Doctor Who Series 5 named Eldane.
4)The Third Doctor battled against The Eight Legs with companion Sarah Jane in Jon Pertwees swan song Planet Of The Spiders.

Plot Synopsis.
In the year 2015 the Eighth Doctor searches for a lot space probe while his companion Lucie Miller is feeling lost herself on a planet she no longer feels she belongs too.

Lucie meets up with Karen who one time travelled with The Headhunter & is introduced to a group known as The Eightfold Truth who are a bunch of crystal wearing rebels who's cult prophecies claim Lucie to be the chosen one & with the arising of a rebel sun that will in a matter of a few day's bring about the Apocalypse upon the Earth.

The Doctor investigates The Eightfold Truth as Lucie has become brainwashed by there cult & discovers an old & deadly enemy is awaiting him.

Timelord Thoughts.
Eddie Robson the Big Finish go too guy whom always seemingly delivers something quite special in his stories once again pulls off another excellent audio adventure which this time sees the return of a classic monster.

Paul McGann once again delivers a fabulous performance as The Eighth Doctor who's play's to the Doctors strengths by using his Eighth incarnations energy & playfulness determination to bring down the cult of the Eightfold Truth & save Lucies soul.

Sheridan Smith is excellent as the sassy Lucie Miller who gets meater darker material in this audio adventure yet still keeps her characters great humour & with writer Eddie Robson adding the feeling of worthlessness & need to belong to the character adds a more vulnerable side to Lucie allowing her to become a slightly flawed person which humanizes her character somewhat.

With great performances from the guest cast of Sophie Winkleman, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Stephen Moore plus the reprising of their roles as The Headhunter & Karen are Katarina Olsen & Kelly Godiman which brings about the begining of the end of the Headhunter Stratagem arc.

With excellent production values & great sound effects courtesy of Big Finish, The Eight Truths delivers an intriguing chilling opener & a cracking cliffhanger to the forthcoming season 3 finale titled Worldwide Web.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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