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4.0 out of 5 stars christmas in casualty, 3 Jan 2010
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Death in Blackpool (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Start of the fourth batch of doctor who audio plays to feature paul mcgann as the doctor and sheridan smith as his companion lucie miller.

Mind you nothing will be the same again after this one.

A slight change to the format sees this as one long sixty minute episode complete on one disc and it has the tardis crew on their way to spend christmas in lucie's hometown of blackpool. A seemingly chance encounter with an old acquiantance leads to lucie fighting for her life. and the consequences of this and some loose ends from previous stories lead to a final scene you won't forget in a hurry.

Hard to see where this one is going for the first twenty minutes as the main characters indulge in doing mundane things, but at the same time the dialogue and the acting is so good you don't mind that at all. things do kick into gear suddenly twenty minutes in and then after that you will be desperate to find what happens next.

this is not a story of action - everything is resolved by calm and quiet conversations - rather one of character. and some very strong character writing at that. It's also probably the most depressing christmas special of any kind you'll ever come across.

The end doesnt feel like the end of an era, though. more a season opener. It will leave you eager to find what will happen next. and you will, in a story called situation vacant. but that's not out till july. Long wait but should be worth it.

because of this the trailer at the start of the disc is for an eighth doctor story called an earthly child which is only currently available to those who subscribe to the range. There are roughly fifteen minutes worth of interviews with cast and crew on the final track of the disc, and they are a recommended listen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Lucie Miller?, 23 July 2014
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This review is from: Death in Blackpool (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Warning: This Review Contains Spoilers.

Doctor Who : Death In Blackpool.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor.
Companion: Lucie Miller.
Main enemy: The Zygons.
Main setting: Blackpool, 25 December 2009.
Writer:Alan Barnes.
Director: Barnaby Edwards.
Release number: 4.01.
Format: 1x CD - 2 episodes.
Running time 60 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul McGann
Lucie Miller - Sheridan Smith
Auntie Pat - Helen Lederer
Billy - David Schofield
Father Christmas - Jon Glover
Natasha/Marika - Harriet Kershaw

Trivia.
1)A Zynog is a Zygon which can no longer change its form.
2)The Doctor can will his hearts to stop.
3)This story is the conclusion for the story arc of Lucie Miller's Aunty 'Pat' & her complex relations with the Zygon race.
4)The Tardis materialises in the same service station in Bramlington as it previously visited in 1974. (Audio: Horror of Glam Rock)
5)Lucie discovers that her aunt Patricia Ryder died in 1984 & that her identity was assumed by her Zygon husband Trevor. (Audio: The Zygon Who Fell to Earth)
6)The Doctor refers to Cal-Med One & the Bi-Al Foundation. (TV: The Invisible Enemy)

Plot Synopsis.
Lucie Miller always loved Christmas back home in Blackpool, Her Mum running a still-frozen turkey under the hot tap at ten, her Great-Grandma Miller half-cut on cooking sherry by eleven, Her Dad & her uncle arguing hammer and tongs about who was the best James Bond all through dinner, while in the afternoon, Aunty Pat came haring up to the house on the back of a moped weighed down with ridiculous presents.

Yet, Christmas 2009 didn't turn out like that.

Christmas 2009, The Eighth Doctor turned up...

Timelord Thoughts.
Big Finish script editor Alan Barnes concludes the Aunty Pat trilogy on a high with this excellent written adventure & series 4 opener of Eighth Doctor audio adventures titled Death In Blackpool.

Death in Blackpool is a thoroughly enjoyable & entertaining audio adventure by Alan Barnes who is on fine form here in his follow up to Paul Magrs Horror Of Glam Rock & The Zygon Who Fell To Earth stories which ended with the revelation that Lucie's beloved Aunty Pat had died & the Doctor knew about it & asked a Zygon to take the form of Pat to spare Lucie the pain of knowing her beloved Aunty had been killed by a evil Zygon.

Helen Lederer turning in a superb performance as Aunty Pat adding believability to the role, while actress Sheridan Smith performs Lucie's departure story so beautifully & her revelations about the Doctor knowing her Aunty had died years before are emotional & heartbreaking & actress Smith truly excells in these scenes showcasing a range of emotions from anger, despair, shock, betrayal & sadness that are tied into a Christmas-themed adventure which is surprisingly bleak but very effectively written & performed by the cast.

Paul McGann delivers another acting masterclass here as the Doctor & allows his Doctors imperfections to show though his incarnations vulnerability as he only had Lucie's best intentions at hearts which was to spare her the pain of knowing about her Aunty Pat's death, there's a sense of bleakness throughout this story & series as a whole, a sense of tragic events to come & we see the Eighth Doctor part company with Lucie who leaves feeling betrayed by the Doctor, someone she admired looked up to & most of all trusted.

Death In Blackpool kicks off series 4 of The Eighth Doctor Adventures in style if this is a taste of things to come during series 4 then us Big Finish fan's are in for a treat as this play delivers a cracking story, a great pacd adventure that concludes with heartbreak for our time travelling duo.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of another era, 27 Dec 2009
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Tony Jones "Tony" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Death in Blackpool (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
If you are interested in these CDs then you will know that this is the story where Lucie bows out. Without spoiling any more, it is set in Blackpool, and yes there is death (in fact more than one). We also get Father Christmas, and in the best of Christmas tradition a sad ending.

As the extras bit explains, this is the first Christmas Special for Big Finish, and I like the way this is a small story - no universe to save for example!

Not only is this the end of Lucie, but it is also the end of the Auntie Pat trilogy - Glam Rock and Zygon who fell to Earth being the others. It is the richness of the loose ends here that allow the story to pivot, and it even starts in the same service station as Glam Rock, now all latte and other 'modern' conveniences.

As usual acting is great, casting, plotting and production are all first rate. We don't get much insight into why Sheridan is moving on - we can only speculate, however she will be missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death in Blackpool - The Eighth Doctor will never be the same again, 30 Aug 2010
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Death in Blackpool (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: the Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
It's Christmas, and the Doctor is taking Lucy and Auntie Pat to Blackpool to visit Lucy's family. Along the way tragedy strikes, as Aunty Pat's past catches up with her. Lucy is sent into a coma, will she recover?

This is a cracking story from Big Finish. It has all the elements that makes Dr Who great. At its heart there is a moving little study of the relationship between Lucy and the Dr, and an assessment of the Dr's imperfections. The deep and dark nature of the story is leavened by the introduction of Santa, a comedy character that really works, and provides just the right counterweight to the goings on. There is a nicely complicated plot, which is well written and engrossing. The performances of the cast are excellent, especially in the final moving scenes where a main character dies and the Dr loses another companion.

Not quite a stand alone, in that you need to have heard `Terror of Glam Rock' and `The Zygon Who Fell To Earth' to get the full back story, but is can be listened to in isolation without losing too much.

One of Big Finish's better releases, and a perfect send off for a much loved companion. Recommended.
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