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5.0 out of 5 stars germ warfare
latest doctor who audio play from big finish, and the start of three linked stories for the sixth doctor and companion charley pollard. this one follows on right from the end of their previous appearance The Raincloud Man (Doctor Who) continuing the story arc of charley not telling the doctor the truth about herself. and it also features the return of the viryans, aliens...
Published on 10 Sep 2009 by Paul Tapner

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3.0 out of 5 stars Give me patients
As the previous reviewer has said, this story really serves as an intro to the final three stories to feature longtime companion Charley Pollard, the feisty 'Edwardian adventuress' played by the incomparable India Fisher. As such I didn't find it too gripping, despite the presence of the Daleks.
Fisher plays dual roles in this story but for the purposes of the plot...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars germ warfare, 10 Sep 2009
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Patient Zero (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
latest doctor who audio play from big finish, and the start of three linked stories for the sixth doctor and companion charley pollard. this one follows on right from the end of their previous appearance The Raincloud Man (Doctor Who) continuing the story arc of charley not telling the doctor the truth about herself. and it also features the return of the viryans, aliens who track down and destroy viruses and don't care about collateral damage. they were first featured in The Mind's Eye (Doctor Who).

So it may seem like this is not an ideal jumping on point for casual listeners. But this doesnt reference the previous appearance by the viryans at all, and since charley's secrets are not not resolved, thanks to the events of the story, you actually could be able to get into this one if you haven't heard the earlier ones.

over the course of four episodes which each run for roughly half an hour, the doctor's quest to find a cure for an affliction that charley has fallen prey to leads him to a space station many years before her time. there dwells a humanoid creature with a very unique ability. the viryans are due to arrive there. But then along come the daleks. On the trail of someone.

And when that someone meets charley, she falls into deadly danger...

this is the equivalent of a page turner of a book, because throughout it you will constantly be desperate to find what happens next. the small cast has some great character moments. we meet a new type of dalek, whose voice takes a little getting used to but who develops into an interesting character. and india fisher does some excellent work playing charley when she's not quite herself.

The last ten minutes of episode are quite unforgettable, as both the doctor and the daleks get the chance to gloat and then find things going the other way. and a desperate dilemma leads the tardis crew into a memorable cliffhanger.

And that's not the only cliffhanger. keep listening right to the end of the disc...

this feels like the first part of a bigger story, and it could possibly do with shaving off a few minutes of running time here and there, but it's a very absorbing listen and it will make you eager to find out what happens next. which you will in the forthcoming story Paper Cuts (Doctor Who) .

There are fourteen minutes worth of interviews with cast and crew at the end of part two.

and part four has after it the fifth episode of the three companions, a story being told monthly over the ongoing series of releases.

this involves polly and the brigadier telling each other of their time with the doctor. pollys' story finished in part four and now the brigadier's begins. thus as it's a new beginning casual listeners should have no trouble with getting into it. and it's a good episode, as he tells of the time he and the doctor visited waterloo station. or so it seemed to be. there were some major differences about the place...

a fantastically imaginative episode that conjures up some great imagery it's a very entertaining listen. those who have heard parts one to four might have an inkling of what will happen next, but even so it's good enough to make you eager to find out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Tension Filled Dalek Audio Adventure, 15 April 2014
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This review is from: Patient Zero (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
CD Info.
2xCD of a 4 episode audio adventure, Running time 120 minutes approx.

Extras.
Trailer, Behind the scenes interviews, Three Companions part 4.

Trivia.
1)The Viyrans first appeared in Mission Of The Viyrans a single part Fifth Doctor adventure.
2)The Dalek Time Controller survives to terrorise the Eighth Doctor & Lucie Miller in the the audio adventures Lucie Miller & To The Death.
3)Mila came on board the Tardis unknown to the First Doctor during the events in the tv story The Chase.
4)The zero room was first mentioned in the Fifth Doctor tv debut story Castrovalva.

Synopsis.
The Sixth Doctor is losing patience with Charley Pollard as his curiosity finally gets the better of him as he wants answers to the truth about Charley.

But when Charley becomes ill the Sixth Doctor takes her toThe Amethyst Viral Containment Station were upon arriving the Doctor discovers his old enemy's the Daleks are at war battling against the mysterious Viyrans as there latest Dalek mission is so delicate it could fracture the web of time.

Who is Patient Zero?, What exactly is wrong with Charley?, Why have the mysterious Viyrans been summoned & what's all this got to do with Mila?

Timelord Thoughts.
Now this is more like it as writer & voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs delivers a Dalek gem of a story here with a great plot & many superb twists & turns plus a shock conclusion that will want you to purchase the final two storys of this Sixth Doctor & Charley arc.

Colin Baker is excellent in this story as he stands firm wanting answers to exactly who Charley Pollard is? , Colin Baker brings a gritty stern realism to his Doctors personality here & gives a wonderful fully rounded performance.

India Fisher is good value as Charley Pollard as the truth about her mysterious past catches up with her & there a great twist to what happens to her character here which I won't spoil for non listeners but the twist will certainly keep you on the edge of your seat with tension in this excellent story arc.

With a small cast Nicholas Briggs writes the Daleks as sinister & manipulate while giving the Viyrans a more mysterious edginess to them making the listener unsure about there motives.

With great sound effects & high production values this story delivers a excellent Dalek adventure , Ups the tension & drama with the Doctor & Charley & gives us a great mystery about the Viyrans & the mysterious Mila.

A highly recommended release that's definitely worth a listen.

Timelord Rating.
10/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Patient Zero - The beginning of the end for Charlie and the Doctor, 31 May 2010
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Patient Zero (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
A four part series from Big Finish, starring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, and India Fisher as Charlotte Pollard. Charlie has been struck down by a mystery virus, and Six tracks it back to its point of origin on the mysterious Amethyst Viral Containment Unit. Just what is the purpose of the Unit? Why are the Viyrans on their way? Just what do the dastardly Daleks want? And who, or what, is the mysterious Mila? This is a decent tale, with a series of satisfying twists and turns, tense cliffhangers and an intriguing ending that really leaves one guessing as to the final resolution of the Doctor/Charlie paradox. Colin Baker is excellent as Six, displaying the arrogance, energy and compassion of the character that he has made his own, once again showing how great the character could have been on the television with better backing from the BBC. India Fisher shines as Charlie, a special performance is required for this story, and that is just what she delivers. Plaudits also go to Michael Maloney, who puts in a nicely nuanced performance as the Fratalin. The Big Finish production team keep up their usual high standards, providing a great soundscape for the adventure.

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. The pairing of Charlie Pollard and the Sixth Doctor has been excellent, providing some of the high points of the recent Big Finish output. The frisson resulting from Charlie's inability to tell Six the truth about her background, and Six's slight distrust of her has provided one of the best Doctor/companion relationships in the series. However, though it is what has made the relationship great, it has also put a time limit on the pairing, and it is now sadly time for things to come to head. This is the first of a three story arc that will resolve the situation, and left me absolutely desperate to listen to the next story, Paper Cuts. This story is self contained enough to be listened to in isolation, but you will get a lot more from it if you've listened to some of the previous Six/Charlie or even Eight/Charlie adventures first.

This release also contains the fifth part of `The Three Companions', a twelve part story spread across a years' worth of Big Finish releases, featuring Polly, The Brigadier and Thomas Brewster. This is turning into an intriguing story, and again I eagerly await the next instalment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating, 30 Mar 2010
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Somehow I'd been making poor choices with my Big Finish purchases which put me off the range for some time, this is the title which restored my faith in the publishers efforts.

The production quality is absolutely superb, as is the performances by all involved. This is an adrenaline ride from start to finish which is helped along by a wonderful score.

This is also the first time I've enjoyed a 6th/Charley pairing, my favourite Doctor and assistant should have been a wonderful mesh but this was the first time that I didn't find the Doctors distrust of Charley interfering with the dynamic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Give me patients, 9 Nov 2009
This review is from: Patient Zero (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
As the previous reviewer has said, this story really serves as an intro to the final three stories to feature longtime companion Charley Pollard, the feisty 'Edwardian adventuress' played by the incomparable India Fisher. As such I didn't find it too gripping, despite the presence of the Daleks.
Fisher plays dual roles in this story but for the purposes of the plot it's not easy to ascertain when she's herself and when she's not! Colin Baker though continues to excel on audio as his Doctor shows a softer more likeable side as well the steely edge that the BBC scriptwriters in the mid-1980s never got quite right. The Sixth Doctor (or 'old Sixie' as Baker refers to him nowadays) has by now realised that there is something duplicitous about his travelling companion, but still has no idea what that is. As the tension escalates the Daleks exacerbate the situation with their pursuit of the mysterious 'Patient Zero', and there is consequently plenty of action and intrigue. Unfortunately, I found it as a whole to be a fairly generic story, and despite some fine performances from the actors I thought it was pretty forgettable. Hopefully the next two stories will redress the balance as decision time looms for Charley, and hopefully Colin Baker will have more to get his teeth into as well.
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