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5.0 out of 5 stars the gentleman of the lamp, 30 July 2009
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Angel of Scutari (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
latest doctor who audio play, featuring the seventh doctor and his companions ace and hex. this one follows on from the events in the preceding play Doctor Who: Enemy of the Daleks (Dr Who Big Finish) but it fills in enough detail so that those who havent heard that one should be able to get into this easily.

running for four twenty five minute episodes spread over two discs, this story sees the tardis arrive in a british military hospital during the crimean war. florence nightingale is on her way, but in the meantime hex, a trained nurse, takes the chance to do some good. which he needs, after what he went through in enemy of the daleks.

Thing is, some of the people at the hospital already know the doctor. and when he and ace go back a little further in time to find why, they get themselves into a lot of trouble. can hex survive meeting his idol, the lady of the lamp? and will the tardis crew survive possible execution and spies and be reunited?

the only science fiction elements in this are the tardis and the time travelling. the rest is a straight historical and character drama. and in that respect it works superbly. full of believable and well acted characters who have very human reactions to the events that go on around them, and also well researched historical details, this is a strong piece of character drama and it grips superbly as a result. the non linear nature of the story may be slightly difficult to get to grips with at first but it rewards listener effort in the end.

and you will not forget the end of episode four in a hurry.

There's a scene after the final credits which doesnt add anything to the plot but it's another well acted strong character moment, so it's worth a listen to.

As is the whole story. It's a quality piece of drama.

disc one ends with fourteen minutes worth of interviews with cast and crew. this is half the length of some they've done on previous releases but frankly less is more here.

The end of disc two contains episode three of the three companions, a story being told in thirteen eleven minute long episodes, one to each monthly big finish release. this story is progressing now those who haven't heard parts one and two may not be able to get into this instalment.

but if you have, then it's a story that is progressing quite well. former companion polly is telling a story of how she and the doctor and friends ran into trouble on a nightmare planet. which is a superbly original and well realised setting. at the same time former fifth doctor audio companion thomas brewster is waiting for contact from a man. And you'll start to see how the stories will tie together. all in all, this one is progressing nicely.

And all in all, another strong release from big finish, who have really been on top of their game so far this year.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "It's a very confusing business this.", 10 Jan 2010
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Varian Beauregard (Le Jardin d'Angleterre) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Angel of Scutari (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is a decent Big Finish audio play; an informative pure historical. Unfortunately this is not as satisfying as it should be. The convoluted story-telling whizzes back and forward in time and between storylines, demanding close attention and a repeat listen to be followed (although for some this may be a strength). However, this means that on first listening "The Angel of Scutari" is not as engaging as it should be. I generally prefer a straighter storytelling and a slightly less "knowing" Doctor. The story is driven by those overly used and tedious "rules of time" and "causality" hinderances. For this reason I dropped one star. However apart from this there is a decent story here with some strong performances, so I don't regret the purchase.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inner healing, 9 July 2009
This review is from: The Angel of Scutari (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Back cover blurb:
October 1854: As the British Army charges into catastrophe in the Crimea, the Minister for War sends Miss Florence Nightingale to take charge of the field hospital at Scutari.

But there's already an angel of mercy working with the sounded at Scutari. A first-rate felow who's turned up out of the blue. Goes by the name of Schofield; Thomas Hector Schofield...

With the Doctor and Ace lost in the siege of Sebastopol, Hex has rediscovered his calling. But there's cannon to the left of him, cannon to the right of him - and a deranged spycatcher-in-chief on his case...

The third in a loose three story arc, this audio adventure sees The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy), and his companions Ace (Sophie Aldred) and Hex (Philip Olivier) travel back in Earth's history to the infamous Scutari Barracks, the Turkish military hospital in which Florence Nightingale drastically improved sanitary conditions and famously saved the lives of many British soldiers injured in the Crimean conflict.

Seeming at first to be a straightforward `historical' story, we soon learn that The Doctor has been here before, and has to go back along his own timeline to ensure there are no repercussions.
Jeany Spark plays the famous `Lady with the Lamp' as a necessarily hard-nosed and ballsy character, rather than the soft gentle angel of history, and this is refreshing as you know that she'd have had to be tough to thrive in such a hellhole.

The Doctor's spunky teenage companion Ace is separated from her friends early on and this gives actress Sophie Aldred a rare opportunity to plough another furrow for the character, finding love in an unlikely place. Liverpudlian nurse Hex also gets the chance to play to his character's strengths, as he rolls up his sleeves and mucks in.

Overall this is a powerful historical war drama - with a bit of time travel thrown in for good measure. An engaging and intelligent story that is the equal of anything in the Big Finish range.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Florence Nightingale Meets The Mysterious Umbrella Man, 13 July 2014
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This review is from: The Angel of Scutari (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who: The Angel Of Scutari.
Doctor: Seventh Doctor.
Companion(s): Ace, Hex.
Main setting: Scutari & Sebastopol, Uskudar, the Crimean Peninsula, the Russian Empire.
17 October-19 November
25 September-2 October 1854.
Writer: Paul Sutton.
Director: Ken Bentley.
Release number: 122.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 120 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Cast.
The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy.
Ace - Sophie Aldred.
Hex - Philip Olivier.
Sir Sidney Herbert / Tsar Nicholas I - Hugh Bonneville.
Florence Nightingale - Jeany Spark.
William Russell / Russian dungeon guard - John Paul Connolly.
Brigadier-General Bartholomew 'Barly' Kitchen - Alex Lowe.
Lev Tolstoy / Preston - John Albasiny.
Sir Hamilton Seymour -Sean Brosnan.

Trivia.
1)Hex is shot with a musket.
2)Ace & Lev ride horses when Ace escapes en route to prison.
3)After Hex is shot, the Doctor sets the TARDIS for St Gart's Brookside Hospital.
4)Ace has previously encountered the Killorans.
5)Cannon fire activates the Tardis' Hostile Action Displacement System.
6)The Doctor uses his TARDIS key and some of Ace's blood to build a device to home in on her.
7)This audio release also included the third episode of The Three Companions "The Gathernaut".
8)This would be the last time that the Tardis was its traditional blue colour in a Seventh Doctor audio drama released in the main range until the final scene of (Audio: Black & White in August 2012).
9)The Doctor mentions that he witnessed the Charge of the Light Brigade in October 1854. (Tv: The Evil of the Daleks).
10)Hugh Bonneville would later play Captain Avery in the Eleventh Doctor episode (Tv: The Curse of the Black Spot), but is better known for his role as Robert Crawley in the ITV period drama series Downton Abbey.

Plot Synopsis.
October 1854: As the British Army charges into catastrophe in the Crimea, the Minister for War sends Miss Florence Nightingale to take charge of the field hospital at Scutari.

But there's already an angel of mercy working with the wounded at Scutari. A first-rate fellow who's turned up out of the blue. Goes by the name of Schofield; Thomas Hector Schofield...

With the Seventh Doctor & Ace lost in the siege of Sebastopol, Hex has rediscovered his calling. But there's cannon to the left of him, cannon to the right of him & a deranged spycatcher-in-chief on his case.

Timelord Thoughts.
Paul Sutton is a writer who can deliver great emotion character drama & this is what he's delivered here with The Angels Of Scutari which is a very detailed script that features well written historical figures & great character study inside the horrors of war as the travellers are split up as Hex mulls over the living conditions on the Scutari field hospital nursing the sick & wounded with his idol Florence Nightingale (A great performance by Jeany Spark) while the Doctor & Ace find themselves embroiled in political intrigue, The Doctor is eventually imprisoned in the jails of Tsar Nicholas I (A brilliant Hugh Bonneville).

Sylvester McCoy's Seventh Doctor is on fine form throughout this adventure unleashing his Timelord anger once again growling as he condemns war as he reveals he has crossed wits with Emperors & crossed swords with Kings, while Sophie Aldred as Ace is showing a more mature side to her character recently & has a great scene were Ace is imprisoned & uses her feminine charms to promise a guard a kiss but delivers a punch instead knocking him out & escaping.

But it's Philip Olivier as Hex who impresses most in this adventure as he meets his idol Florence Nightingale & helps her nurse the sick, yet this play includes one of the most humourous moments in Doctor Who as Hex tells Florence she's hot & she takes offence at the remark & considers it blasphemy, praise must go to actor Phillip Oliver for such a engaging dramatic emotional performance who makes the listener care about his character & delivers another standout performance as Hex.

Overall, The Angel Of Scutari is similar to a previous Seventh Doctor, Ace & Hex story The Settling but has enough quality written material to establish it's own adventure, featuring strong written characters & great performances by the cast writer Paul Sutton concludes this latest Seventh Doctor trilogy on a high with a nailbiting cliffhanger were one of the Tardis crew is possibly about to die.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Angel of Scutari: A third great story in a row from the Big Finish team, 31 May 2013
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Angel of Scutari (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the hundred and twenty second release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Philip Olivier as Hex. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. This is the third of a trilogy of adventures that are developing an interesting story arc for Hex. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the first disc. There is a treat for regular listeners in the form of the third 10 minute segment of a twelve part adventure called `The Three Companions' on the end of disc 2.

This is an excellent release from the Big Finish team. It ends a trilogy of Seventh Doctor releases in which the character of Hex is explored, and an interesting story arc for him is starting to develop. Following the events of `Enemy Of the Daleks', in which the caring nurse was totally unable to help in anyone in the face of the slaughtering daleks, the Doctor takes him to somewhere where he can be of use - and where he can meet one of his heroes. Scutari at the height of the Crimean war, where a certain Florence Nightingale is due to arrive in a fortnight.

It's not that straightforward though. The writers use the possibilities of time travel to throw in some really interesting adventures for Seven and Ace after they leave Hex to his nursing for a few days. And it's not all plain sailing for Hex as he finds himself in trouble. There are some great ideas here, and they are well realised to give a totally gripping story that keeps you on your toes. The actors are in top form, especially Olivier who relishes this chance to do some interesting character development. His scenes with Florence Nightingale are an absolute treasure. McCoy is impressive as Seven, as is Aldred as Ace, getting a little romance in her life for a change, and Aldred plays it just right.

In years to come all three of this little trilogy (Magic Mousetrap, Enemy Of the Daleks, Angel of Scutari) will probably be looked upon as fan favourites. I know they are all up there in my top ten. The Big Finish team were quite cruel though, they leave this story with the biggest possible cliff hanger, and it was a 16 month wait to find out how it played out. Luckily, I do not now have to wait and can just go straight to the next tale in the arc, Project Destiny.

A superb release. Intelligently scripted, a cracking historical romp, some time travel shenanigans, great performances. It has all the elements of a classic story, 5 stars.
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