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4.0 out of 5 stars Paradise Lost, 20 April 2010
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Paradise 5 (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
Another in the series of Doctor Who audio plays that star Colin Baker as the Doctor and Nicola Bryant as his companion Peri, bringing to life on CD stories that were written for the show back in the 1980's but which for various reasons never got to screen.

Paradise 5 sees the time travellers go to visit an old friend, only to find he's gone to paradise 5, a space station that functions as a luxurious holiday resort, and then disappeared. The Doctor and Peri head to the station to investigate. The place is run by a man called Gabriel. Little humanoid creatures called Cherubs do the menial work. People are vanishing. And strange creatures are being seen.

Can the Doctor and Peri find the secret of Paradise 5?

Originally written for the 1986 trial of the a timelord season and featuring Bonnie Langford as Mel, the script has been rewritten by another writer to remove all the courtroom scenes that the trial season had, and to add in Peri in place of Mel as Bonnie Langford wasn't available to reprise the role. And they've also created a new opening episode that makes the story stand on it's own with no need for the trial format.

And a very good job they've done of it. Because this story works really well on audio. The plot isn't anything special but all the extra little details of the story are good enough to make you unconcerned about that. Peri spends a lot of time investigating on her own and this allows for her to have some very strong scenes of character. And wear costumes that you can but visualise in your mind's eyes.

Excellent villainy comes the wonderful double act of Alex Macqueen as Gabriel and James D'arcy as his right hand man Michael. The two play off each other ever so well and the former is more than a match for the doctor in the use of language and big words.

The best thing about this though is the length of the episodes. The previous stories in this range have all been long two parters, but this one has four episodes, two each on a disc, ranging in length from twenty six to thirty minutes approx. It makes them much better paced.

Not the greatest story ever by a long shot, but one that's well above average and a very enjoyable listen.

There are interviews with cast and crew on the end of each disc - worth listening to for an interesting insight into the writing process that goes into the lost story range - and a trailer for the next story in this range at the start of disc one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Stories 5, Pradise 5 - a genuine lost classic, 30 Aug 2010
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Paradise 5 (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
This is the fifth of the productions from Big Finish in which stories written for Colin Baker's sixth Doctor on TV, but were never made, are finally brought to life.

This, for me, has been the highlight of the series so far. The Doctor and Peri are trying to investigate the disappearance of an old friend of the Doctor's, on the luxury holiday resort of Paradise 5, a floating space station. Peri goes undercover as a stewardess, whilst the Doctor creeps around behind the scenes. It is soon clear that all is not well, and something very untoward is happening to the guests.

This story starts off as a decent mystery, and evolves into an entertaining adventure as things start to hot up. There is a decent script, originally intended for the `Trial of a Timelord' season, which works well on audio. The cast members gove it their all, and provide memorable and interesting characters, especially Michael and Gabriel, the two people who run paradise.

THis is an entertaining release, and one that I am glad has seen the light of day at last. Well done Big Finish, more like this please!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trouble In Paradise For Ole Sixey & Peri, 24 Jan 2014
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Timelord007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Paradise 5 (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
CD Info.
2xCD of a 4 episode adventure, Running time 120 minutes approx, Trailers, Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)Alex MacQueen is better known as Neil's dad Howard in the sitcom The Inbetweeners & play's the Other Doctor? in Doctor Who mini series UNIT Dominion.
2)This story was originally scheduled to be part of season 23's Trial Of A Timelord.
3)Writer P.J. Hammond is better known for creating Sapphire & Steel & also wrote a episode for Doctor Who spin off Torchwood.
4)Andy Lane wrote Companion Chronicles Jago & Litefoot's The Mahogany Murders.

Review.
The Sixth Doctor & Peri decide to visit an old friend Professor Albrecht Thompson only to discover he's gone missing & was last seen departing on a shuttle to holiday resort Paradise 5 & hasn't been seen since.

The Doctor & Peri decide to go undercover & do some investigating of there own at the Paradise 5 holiday resort space station that's staffed by The Cherubs.

What is the terrible secrets that lie underneath the White marble & Gold trimmings of Paradise 5, Just what is the story the Cherubs wish to tell? & just who are the Elohim?

Timelord Thoughts.

Liked.
This is an excellent script by P.J.Hammond who wrote the majority of episode 2 with script notes by P.J.Hammond for the episode's 1,3,4 adapted by Andy Lane that delivers a great mysterious plot & intrigue to whats actually going on at Paradise 5 as the story moves along at a brisk pace that also expands upon a great set of well written characters.

Colin Baker & Nicola Bryant deliver wonderful enriching performances that highlights the duo's enjoyment of the recording of this story, It's clearly a labour of love for Colin & Nicola & the listener gets to visualize Peri in some let's just say very revealing clothing attire.

Great supporting roles comes from actor's Alex MacQueen & James D'Arcy as duo Gabriel & Michael who's characters are so unforgettable this duo should get there own spin off series.

Disliked.
Nothing a enjoyable 120 minutes of superb entertainment.

This is a superb & fully rounded Doctor Who audio adventure that delivers a intriguing plot, Great character's & a wonderful adventure.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid and worthy entry, 3 April 2010
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This review is from: Paradise 5 (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
Another contribution to the lost stories range. This episode was set to take the place of Terror of the Vervoids in the Trial of a Timelord story ark. The trial scenes have (fortunately) been removed.

The original script was written by PJ Hammond (Torchwood, Saphire and Steel), the majority of Episode 2 being his script, episodes 1, 3 and 4 being completed from his notes by Andy Lane.

I must say I've generally not enjoyed what I've heard of Andy Lanes work, and do have my doubts about the conclusion, however episode 1 has a wonderfully charming Douglas Adams feel, I'm inclined to call this his best work for Big Finish by a mile.

The story takes place on a space station, paradise 5, which is offically a luxurious resort for tired executives, but all is not as it seems (well it is Doctor Who). The twists aren't particularly earth shattering but the story is entertaining (if only to prompt your imagination to visualise the lovely Nicola Bryant in a variety of revealing outfits), and has strong performances all around. As ever the music and sound effects are superb.

I would liken this story to the Nightmare Fair, a solid, but not ground breaking tale, which is a wonderful reflection of the era and a little piece of lost history. Even if it is not the deepest the performances and the wonderful way in which the 80s feel is captured make it well worth the purchase.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Paradise was half as nice..., 7 April 2010
This review is from: Paradise 5 (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
I agree with Mark Heckford that this audio boasts what are arguably Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant's strongest performances as The Sixth Doctor (or 'old Sixie' as Baker calls his character). Accusations of sexism may be levelled at Peri's saucy costume, (sadly left to the imagination - one can only imagine what it would have looked like in 1985..!) and some of The Doctor's lines ("you'll look like a lovely little thing..."), however this story was written well before the PC brigade started rattling their sabres, and the chemistry between the two lead actors, as well as Andy Lane's polishing of PJ Hammond's unfinished (but very impressive) script, have resulted in an enjoyable romp cum murder mystery that has a distinct 80s flavour but which works just as well in 2010.
Any similarities between this adventure and 1986 television serial 'Terror of the Vervoids' Doctor Who - The Trial Of A Time Lord [1986] [DVD] [1963] are explained in the CD extras at the end of disc 1, where it is revealed that Hammonds' script was originally destined to be part of the Trial story, but was eventually omitted, before being dusted off, slightly amended, and added to the Lost Stories collection instead.

What I really liked about Paradise 5 is that the characters really get time to develop, and the shadowy alien menace is pleasingly underplayed - unusual for a mid 80s Doctor Who serial. As ever the cast is bolstered by fine support, and the eerie atmosphere that PJ Hammonds always brought to his 'Sapphire and Steel' episodes is definitely evident, albeit in restrained fashion. Overall this is a decent addition to both the Big Finish canon and the Lost Stories mini-series, and again leaves one wondering what may have been, if the show had never been cancelled when it was.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Colin Baker on top form again., 22 Mar 2010
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Mark J. Heckford (England) - See all my reviews
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Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant are both at their best in Paradise 5, with a good role for Peri, and Colin giving the kind of strong performance that has made his Doctor such a success on audio. They are well supported on the acting front by a cast that includes the ever excellent Helen Goldwyn (Doctor Who and the Pirates). The story has some surprises, and a strong cliff-hanger surprise at the end of part three. Written by Andy Lane from a first episode script and scene breakdown by P J Hammond, the story does not have the Sapphire and Steel flavour that many may be expecting, and it cannot claim to among the very best concepts within the range, but it is very enjoyable, and has some lovely lines to make a Doctor Who fan smile. And if all that wasn't enough, Peri's outfits for the story include thigh-length boots, suspenders, and for several scenes a bikini. Alas, this is one story for which audio just cannot make up for what might have been! Overall a good Big Finish, well worth its price.
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