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A new doctor who audio play featuring peter davison as the doctor and sarah sutton as his companion nyssa. Running for four episodes of roughly twenty five minutes each this is the second in a trilogy of stories set in stockbridge, a place that has featured on occasion in the comic strip in doctor who magazine. You don't need to have read that to get into this, though. And whilst it follows on from the end of the first part of the trilogy Castle of Fear (Doctor Who) a brief reprise of the ending to that at the start of this means it's accessible to casual listeners.

This story sees the doctor and nyssa, as a result of what happened at the end of castle of fear, finding themselves in present day stockbridge. Only the residents think the two of them have lived there for decades. But have no memory of when they arrived. A quick investigation reveals that people are reliving their entire lives over the course of a single day. And this is happening again and again. Seemingly at the behest of the lord and lady of the local manor. a place stockbridge never hsd before.

Can UFO spotter maxwell edison [a character from the aforementioned comic strip] help the doctor save the day?

Whilst this script plays some very clever tricks with time and it's nature and provides lots of neat developments in the first part, I could see the shock reveal at the end of part two coming a mile off, and the villains and their motives thus didn't feel anything special. But the strength of the story is in the character. People do things out of character development and not because the plot requires it. and thus actions happen because of very believable reasons.

The story really belongs to max, though, the combination of the script and mark williams performance in the role making him a wonderfully three dimensional and hugely sympathetic character. a total outsider in the village, but a human being with a mind of his own.

This is one of those that you do need to concentrate carefully on to get the most out of it, and whilst it's not the best big finish story ever, it's definitely a little above average.

The usual interviews with cast and crew can be found at the end of disc one. there are twenty two minutes of these and they're good, but at that length feel a bit overlong.

And at the end of disc two is part nine of the three companions, a story told in monthly instalments over big finish releases. nine episodes in means it may be too late for those who've not heard previous parts to jump on, but those who have will find the three main characters finally meeting, some melancholy looks at life after the doctor, a few hints at what brewster is up to, and the ongoing plot advancing nicely, leading to a cliffhanger that makes me eager to find what happens next.

and you can do that, and hear the final part of the stockbridge trilogy, which follows right on from the end of this one, by getting Plague of the Daleks (Doctor Who)
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VINE VOICEon 23 April 2010
First things first this is not a story really catered for the casual listener, you'll need to listen to Castle of Fear before you start on this one. Anyway back to this story - I really loved the atmosphere of it. Slightly reminiscent of Chimes of Midnight on a certain level. But there were just so many clever things in it!

The scene with the TARDIS phone was a lot of fun. Part of me almost wished we could have had a bit more of that but that's hard to sustain long-term. I loved how the inhabitants of Stockbridge were fully aware of what was going on. That's a nice twist from the usual in these types of stories. It was intriguing to see how blasé they were about it after having been through it so many times. P.I.G. was fun and it was heartbreaking to see Maxwell Edison finally be accepted and find his place in the world, only to have to sacrifice it.

I'll admit, I had a sneaking suspicion who the Lord and Lady they might be. But only a couple of seconds before their reveal! The cast members in question did an amazing job as their evil counterparts - they sounded like they had a great deal of fun with this one.

Only niggle in this story is that due to the small cast we don't get a clear feel of the large amount of people trapped in this loop. In short a fun, tight, clever story but not a standalone for casual fans hence why 4 instead of 5 stars.
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 24 October 2015
This is the second in a trilogy known as the ‘Stockbridge’ trilogy, which picks up on the reference to Stockbridge used in a number of Doctor Who graphic novels, a very clever idea and one which works tremendously well. This is the 128th release in the Main Range by Big Finish, and follows on directly from the previous story, Castle of Fear.

Whereas Castle of Fear was set in a Stockbridge in the past, this story is set more in the current time – or is it? The Doctor and Nyssa were last heard attempting to avert an explosion, in the abandoned Rutan spaceship. When they regain their senses, they find themselves in Stockbridge, where they have apparently been “for as long as anyone can remember”. But why don’t they remember it like that?

This is a delightful story. The characterisation of the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa is carried through wonderfully so far in the trilogy, and they are both really strong and independent characters. I like the exasperated Doctor that sometimes appears, particularly as he tries to maintain his cool against the odds in this story, which travels through time all over the place, and where even the Doctor takes a while to work out what’s going on. The characters of Stockbridge are really well thought out, and really well characterised. Mark Williams as Maxwell Edison was a touch of genius in the casting, and he really brings the character to life, from the graphic novel beginnings. Susan Brown (who played Maud the Withered in the first Stockbridge story) is back, this time as Alice withers, with her husband Harold Withers wonderfully evocatively played by Roger Hammond. Pam Ferris is marvellous as Lizzie Corrigan, a part which could easily turn into a caricature, but never does when played so perfectly by Pam Ferris. The other supporting cast are wonderful, including Nick Brimble, Abigail Hollick and parts played also by Nicholas Briggs, and Barnaby Edwards (the Director).

A wonderful story, and a wonderful tribute to Stockbridge, this story makes a really strong second part to the Stockbridge trilogy and sets us up with great anticipation for the third and final story, coming next. This story ends with another cliffhanger, and we must head to Plague of the Daleks, to find out what is going to happen next to the Doctor and Nyssa in Stockbridge – this time, in the future.
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This is the hundred and twenty eighth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. This is the second in a trilogy of three linked adventures centred around the village of Stockbridge. 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 ninth 10 minute segment of a twelve part adventure called `The Three Companions' on the end of disc 2.

This story follows directly from the events of `Castle of Fear', though it has a much more serious tone. The Doctor and Nyssa find themselves in twentieth century Stockbridge, but the date is hard to pin down and the days seem to be repeating themselves over and over.

This is a clever story revolving around some hard core SF time travel concepts. It is important for all the pieces to fit together and the team have done a superb job of ensuring that they do. Davison and Sutton are on form as Five and Nyssa, confused and trying to get to the heart of the mystery. They are aided by a superb Mark Williams as Maxwell Edison, the rather strange chap who believes in aliens, and one day just happens to be proven right when he bumps into the Doctor. His role is central to the story, and Williams fills it with jus the right degree of tragic pathos to prevent it being too humorous and make it the lynch pin on which the adventure rests. The whole piece has an elegiac tone, mournful and sombre, leavened by a touch of humour. It has a very intelligent script, and is a pleasure to listen to.

An excellent follow up to Castle of Fear, 5 stars for this intriguing and thought provoking adventure.
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on 11 September 2010
I admit I am an incurable Dr Who fan who has loved all things Who for over 40 years. The result of this is that I have the comic strips which introduced Stockbridge to the Who Universe. This story is set in Stockbridge and explores themes of memory, redemption, regret and immortality. The script manages all these themes well and the cast bring gtreat emotion and range to the story. Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton lead a fantastic ensemble of good and sometimes unexpected names in an authentic and touching exploration of why anyone wants to live forever, or not. The story is fresh on multiple listenings as the different strands unfold, this can make it a demanding but rewarding listen for those exploring Dr Who as a new experience or those of us who want to spend time with some old friends again.
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on 26 November 2009
As the CD extras verify - all the cast and crew interviewed use the phrase - this is very much Doctor Who doing Groundhog Day, as The Doctor and Nyssa return to Stockbridge in the present after defetaing the Rutan invaders in the medieval era. Waking up as if from a dream, the time travellers find themselves part of the time stream in Stockbridge - Nyssa appears to have been the village post mistress for as long as anyone can remember, whilst The Doctor has apparently lived in the local B&B for 30 years and is Stockbridge's resident GP. Of course, all this 'timey-wimey' stuff is pure audio gold, and like Stephen Moffat before him, writer Jonathan Morris creates an intricate and entangled story which director Barnaby Edwards weaves into a fascinating drama.

Less humourous than its predecessor the Pythonesque 'Castle of Fear', this story nevertheless kept me intrigued throughout, and its clever playing with time plus its subtle influences from classic Doctor Who, will surely make it a fan favourite. One minor niggle is its ambiguous ending - although this links the story in to the final installment in the Stockbridge trilogy, I thought it was too contrived and left too many questions.

The set also includes the latest installment in the ongoing bonus story 'The Three Companions', and as Thomas Brewster finally manages to meet up with Polly and the Brigadier, a cataclysmic series of events is about to unfold, and Brewster's limited knowledge of the TARDIS may yet be his undoing...
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on 17 January 2015
Weird and wonderful!
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