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5.0 out of 5 stars Paper Cuts - A Thrilling Paper Chase
A mysterious call summons Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor and companion Charlie Pollard to the Draconian Empire, of which the Doctor is a Nobleman - among many of his other awards. Following the death of the latest Deathless Emperor, there are dastardly plans afoot to seize the throne from the reforming rightful heir and return Draconia to the `old ways'.

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Published on 31 May 2010 by Victor

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
Sadly this is becoming a trend with Marc Platt plays (a shame given he is responsible for two of my favourite stories).

This story sees the re-introduction of the Draconians, one of the more positively remembered races, if only because their costumes stood the test of time unlike so many other alien races from the Pertwee period. Unfortunately there isn't...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, 30 Mar 2010
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Alex "CB8687" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Paper Cuts (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Sadly this is becoming a trend with Marc Platt plays (a shame given he is responsible for two of my favourite stories).

This story sees the re-introduction of the Draconians, one of the more positively remembered races, if only because their costumes stood the test of time unlike so many other alien races from the Pertwee period. Unfortunately there isn't really much of a purpose to their re-introduction, the plot could be serviced equally well with any other race.

At the end of the day I had trouble paying attention to this story, indeed I listened to part 3 many times over as I simply found myself tuning out. It's placement in an otherwise exciting and well placed trilogy is questionable, it adds nothing to the arc which feels odd given how tense blue forgotten planet and patient zero are. It does serve as a demonstration that Colin and Mila travelled together, but honestly this is explained in Blue Forgotten planet.
You can listen to this play without the other two parts of the trilogy, but my recommendation would be to listen to them and skip this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent But Could've Been Better, 15 April 2014
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Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Paper Cuts (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
WARNING PLOT CONTAINS SPOILERS.

CD Info.
2xCD of a 4 episode story, Running time 120 minutes approx.

Extras.
Trailer, 14 minutes of Behind the scenes interviews, The Three Companions part 5.

Trivia.
1)First appearance of the Draconians on audio at Big Finish.
2)The Draconians previous Doctor Who appearance was in Third Doctor story Frontier In Space.
3)Although credited as Charley actresss India Fisher is actually playing Mila pretending to be Charley.
4)Charley actually only speaks one word of dialogue throughout this entire audio adventure at the end of the story.

Synopsis.
The Empire is lost, The Deathless Emperors are no more, The future may never be.

The Sixth Doctor with companion Charley Pollard/Mila is summoned to the planet Draconia a planet his Third incarnation saved many century's ago.

Draconia is in turmoil becoming a planet of savagery & a new Emperor is soon to be chosen.

But who will the next Emperor be? A young Prince or a old peasant, Maybe a unknown soldier or perhaps even the Doctor with the Draconians lives at the Doctor's command.

Just who is controlling The origami warrior's? & is the truth about Charley plastered all over the walls of the Emperor's tomb?

History seems to be catching up with the Doctor but will the Doctor like what he's about to discover?

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a slow paced audio adventure written by Marc Platt which follows on directly from Patient Zero yet this story disappoints as it adds nothing new or adds any substance to the main story's arc.

Colin Baker does as well as he can trying to inject some energy & urgency into the story but he is hampered by a poor script here.

India Fisher is fine in this story which features an unique plot twist giving India a chance to bring out another character personality in the mysterious Mila.

The Draconians seem to fare better here as there's is a noble race with a code of honour were the death of the recent Emperor leads to controversial political times of old as somebody is trying to manipulate event's here is a well handled conspiracy plot & is actually the best part of the story.

The story improves slightly in episodes 3 & 4 but with the writing talent of Marc Platt this should've been better paced & tighter edited & despite good performances by the cast & some great sound effects from Big Finish this story doesn't really move the Doctor/Charley storyline forward enough.

A rather underwhelming Big Finish audio release.

Timelord Rating 6/10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paper Cuts - A Thrilling Paper Chase, 31 May 2010
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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A mysterious call summons Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor and companion Charlie Pollard to the Draconian Empire, of which the Doctor is a Nobleman - among many of his other awards. Following the death of the latest Deathless Emperor, there are dastardly plans afoot to seize the throne from the reforming rightful heir and return Draconia to the `old ways'.

The action takes place on the floating space tomb of the dead emperor, giving a suitably creepy setting for the various shenanigans. The Japanese style culture of the Draconians provides fertile ground for a complex and well thought through story. Baker once again excels as Six, full of energy and compassion. He inhabits the character perfectly. There isthe usual excellent job from Big Finish, with some great soundscapes, good script and decent directing.

This is a decent and thrilling four parter, with some excellent twists and cliffhangers. The scriptwriters have done well to make this a self contained story, but one that links to a previous third Doctor adventure, and also has some first Doctor continuity. There is also a bit of continuity from the preceding `Patient Zero', but knowledge of any of these adventures is not necessary to enjoyment of this one.

An excellent tale, and well worth a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cuts both ways, 9 Nov 2009
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After the disappointment of Patient Zero this audio is a breath of fresh air. The reptilian Draconians appeared only once in the classic series - in Malcolm Hulke's 1973 story `Frontier in Space', but are well worth resurrecting for the noughties. Unlike in that story, we get to observe the Draconian culture and see its obsession with politics and ceremony this time around - the Draconian Emperor is dead, and his shiftless son is waiting to fill the void, whilst unbeknown to him his own mother is working behind the scenes to ensure continuity; unfortunately she appears to be completely unhinged!

Into these machinations come The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) and his current travelling companion Charley Pollard - or is it..? And as the truth about Charley's true identity comes ever nearer to being revealed, the tension and excitement are ratcheted up to 11.

Bright, bustling, absorbing, and frantic - this story is both thoroughly entertaining and much more accessible to a newcomer to the series than its Big Finish predecessor. Colin Baker and India Fisher make a great team, and the supporting cast is uniformly excellent too. With a continuation of the ongoing bonus story `The Three Companions', and more insightful banter from the cast and crew of the audio story, this is a decent package - hopefully the next one will be worthy of its own predecessor...
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4.0 out of 5 stars return to draconia, 8 Oct 2009
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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Latest doctor who audio play from big finish. As ever a note for casual listeners first. This is the second in a trilogy featuring the sixth doctor and his companion charley, which began in Patient Zero (Doctor Who). Whilst this one picks up from where the ending of that one left off, it does keep the story arcs of the trilogy in the background and tells a largely self contained story. But if you haven't heard patient zero you'll be totally confused by a couple of things at the end. So hear that one first.

As those who have will know, charley now has some rather different secrets she's keeping from the doctor. the cliffhanger from patient zero is quickly resolved in a clever way, and then the doctor, via a clever and amusing scene, gets an invitation to visit draconia. The planet previously seen in the third doctor story frontier in space. His old friend the emperor of draconia has died, and the reptilian aliens of the empire are choosing a new ruler. But with a jealous noble, a scheming priestess to contend with, and a lot of secrets of the empire to discover, the path to succession is anything but smooth.

The draconians have a feudal society a la ancient japan, and the story tries to depict a few things about them that we never saw on television. The trouble is that without the excellent masks that they had on tv, these really could be humans. They just dont come to life as well as they might on audio. There are occasional nice touches that make you realise this is an alien culture, but this is also a rather slowly paced story that takes a while to unwind. And the episodes are all a good five minutes over twenty five each, which means they're not the fastest paced.

Do persevere because the are clever plot twists to be heard and some interesting adversaries. but the latter would also work a bit better on tv. This is by no means a bad story but it's a mid point of a trilogy and it doesnt do much to advance the overall story.

Speaking of that: do be sure to listen after the end credits of part four.

The trilogy concludes in Blue Forgotten Planet (Doctor Who) a trailer for which is at the start of disc one. fourteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew are the end of that disc.

Disc two ends with the fourteen minute long sixth episode of the three companions, which is being told an episode at a time over the monthly big finish range. And it's something else that casual listeners might be able to get into, but I would recommend starting at the beginning.

This episode continues the story from part five nicely of the third doctor and the brigadier on a very strange world. Two things from earlier episodes turn up, so you may start to guess what is going on here. But one doesnt arrive in the manner expected. But what makes this episode memorable is some excellent sound design and some clever scripting that allows all three companions in the story some good moments. It's good enough to make you want to know what will happen next. As it should do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deathless emperors, 26 Sep 2011
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Continues on from the events of Patient Zero so it is worth getting to follow Charlie. It is a strong story on its own and can be understood without having listened to the previous story. It gives an insight into the Draconians which appeared in Frontier in Space.
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