Customer Reviews


5 Reviews
5 star:
 (1)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:
 (2)
2 star:
 (1)
1 star:
 (1)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant cosmic farce
I miss the Black & White days! I loved Hartnell and Troughton, and feel robbed by the fact that so many old episodes were junked, so this is a real treat. Fraser Hines gives a fantastic impression of Patrick Troughton so it is easy to visualise the story, which is a fun romp. The Dalek story that follows is interesting from a historical point of view, but not on a par...
Published on 8 Nov 2011 by Whovian

versus
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Spaaaace!
Following on from the excellent Lost collections featuring the First, Sixth, Seventh and Fifth Doctors, comes this collection taken from the era of the Beatles, Cold War and pre-decimalisation; and it shows. Prison in Space is billed as an attempt by the (then) production team to 'lighten' the series up, so what we have is a Carry-On style romp, complete with domineering...
Published on 6 Nov 2011 by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth


Most Helpful First | Newest First

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Spaaaace!, 6 Nov 2011
This review is from: The Second Doctor Box Set (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
Following on from the excellent Lost collections featuring the First, Sixth, Seventh and Fifth Doctors, comes this collection taken from the era of the Beatles, Cold War and pre-decimalisation; and it shows. Prison in Space is billed as an attempt by the (then) production team to 'lighten' the series up, so what we have is a Carry-On style romp, complete with domineering woman wearing skin-tigh t rubber uniforms, prat-falls aplenty, Jamie dressing up as an old lady, and most gruesome of all, a toad-faced female dictator falling in love with The Doctor..!
Whilst some of this is tongue-in-cheek fun, I feel it does nothing for the show at all, and is best seen as a nostalgic curiosity.
A disc full of extras gives more insight into the way Doctor Who was produced in the late 1960s, while another lost story featuring Space Agent Sara Kingdom and lots of Daleks, completes the collection.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Carry On Doctor Vs A Decent Dalek Spin Off!, 15 July 2014
By 
Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
(TOP 500 REVIEWER)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Second Doctor Box Set (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who: The Lost Stories The Second Doctor Box Set.
Doctor: Second Doctor.
Companion(s): Jamie McCrimmon, Zoe Herriot.
Main enemy: Chairman Babs.
Main setting: The British Isles, Earth, The Outer Space Correctional Establishment in orbit of Earth.
Writer: Dick Sharples, adapted by Simon Guerrier.
Director: Lisa Bowerman.
Release number: 2.02a
4 Episodes on 2 CDs
Prison In Space: Running time 120 minutes.
Includes 60 minute behind the scenes interviews CD.

Cast.
Jamie McCrimmon - Frazer Hines.
Zoe Heriot - Wendy Padbury.
Babs - Susan Brown.

Trivia.
1)Jamie has been travelling with the Doctor for "years now."
2)Zoe is described as being from the year 2000.
3)The Doctor initially believes that the Tardis has arrived in the British Isles in approximately 40 Million BC.
4)Albert Marlowe gives the date as the 14th of Aphrodite 122 S.C.B. (Since Chairman Babs) in the new calendar. 5)Although it is seemingly hundreds of years after Zoe's native time (the late 20th century), no exact date is given in the Gregorian calendar.
6)Babs' official title is the Chairman of the World Federation of Womanhood.
7)Prison In Space was dropped in favour of The Krotons.

Story 1: Prison In Space.
A relaxing break for the Second Doctor and his companions Jamie & Zoe becomes something decidedly more sinister when they are arrested for trespass, But what has happened to the planet Earth? And how has the malevolent Chairman Babs gained control?

As the Doctor and Jamie are incarcerated in a prison that they can never escape from, Zoe is forced to change sides...

Daleks: The Destroyers.
Main character(s): Sara Kingdom, Mark, Jason.
Main enemy: The Daleks.
Main setting: M5, the 40th century.
Writer: Terry Nation, adapted by Nicholas Briggs & John Dorney.
Director: Lisa Bowerman.
Release number: 2.02b.
2 Episodes on 1 CD.
Dalek: The Destroyers Running time 70 minutes.

Cast.
Sara Kingdom - Jean Marsh.
Mark Seven - Alan Cox.
Jason Corey - Chris Porter.
David Kingdom - Alex Mallinson.
Daleks - Nicholas Briggs.
Carson).
Wayne).
Morgan).
Whitman).

Trivia.
1)This story could be set some time prior to the events of Mission to the Unknown & The Daleks' Master Plan, making it the earliest appearance of Sara Kingdom to date.
2)Terry Nation, creator & owner of the Daleks, wrote The Destroyers as a television pilot which he hoped to sell in America.

Story 2: Daleks: The Destroyers.
When the crew of Explorer Base One is attacked by the Daleks, Space Security Agents Sara Kingdom, Mark Seven & Jason Corey investigate.

They discover a plan that threatens the future of the entire galaxy as this trio will soon battle against the menace of the Daleks.

Timelord Thoughts.
First off is the 4 part Prison in Space which was a Second Doctor script, dropped from Season 6 in favour of The Krotons.

Written by comedy writer Dick Sharples, It's dire plot features a future Earth where women have taken over & men are the inferior species, Zoe is brainwashed into believing women are superior species until Jamie spanks her bottom (Can you imagine the uproar this would've caused in 1969).

This was discovered in actor Fraser Hines' attic & it's a pity it didn't stay there as it's easy to see why it was rejected as the story is based as a comedy romp that has no tension or dramatic impact whatsoever.

While Frazer Hines reprises Jamie & does a excellent interpretation of the late Patirick Troughtons Second Doctor he co-narrates this adventure with actress Wendy Padbury who reprises Zoe as the duo faithfully recreate their characters but are not given any decent drama to sink there teeth into.

The guest actor is Susan Brown who has appeared in many Big Finish plays over the years here play the character of Chairman Babs which is so badly scripted Brown can do nothing emotionally engaging with the material & her chasing the Doctor at the end as she has chosen him as her loved one is sheer stupidity.

Overall it's easy to see why this was a abandoned script & would've benefited from not seeing the light of day as it's a dire adventure with nothing to truly recommend it.
Timelord Rating.
2/10

Daleks: The Destroyers, sees Jean Marsh reprise her role as Sara Kingdom battling the Daleks, this was Terry Nation's attempt to break into the US market & write & produce a Dalek tv show in the US, This is set before the events of The Firt Doctor story 'The Daleks Masterplan'.

Overall as a 70 minute pilot it's pretty solid fare, Jean Marsh is excellent as Sara Kingdom who doesn't seem as tough here which makes one think would something have happened during this series to have affected her so bad that by the time she meets the First Doctor she has become this hardened battle scarred warrior?

The Daleks are quite vicious in this adventure & the sound effects are atmospheric, my issue with this story is that it ends on a cliff-hanger which I doubt will ever be resolved which is a pity as theres great potential here for a decent Doctor Who spin off series should Big Finish want to add another Dalek series to there already impressive Doctor Who ranges which is doubtful as to date they already have a four season Dalek Empire range.
Timelord Rating.
7/10

Overall a truly awful Doctor Who adventure & a pretty decent Dalek spin off pilot, but this set doesn't match the quality storytelling or polish of the previous Lost Stories & is disappointing & uninspiring release.
Timelord Overall Rating.
5/10
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars so bad it made me angry!, 3 July 2014
This review is from: The Second Doctor Box Set (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
Worst Big Finish Dr Who I've ever heard. The Dalek story is a curates egg - moody and overblown, interesting from historic sense but not for repeated listening though. However Prison in space is an absolute dog. Zero characterisation, tries for laughs but cringeworthy and hideously s exist. I could forgive it a little as a dusted off antique but it really is embarrassing. Thankfully got it cheap but still feel conned that such an awful story should form the lions share of a 'special release'. Some Big Finish releases are wonderful so if this is your first then don't give up!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Curate's Egg, 24 Feb 2011
By 
Iain McClumpha (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: The Second Doctor Box Set (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
I'm not a fan of talking books - full cast audio drama yes, love it, but the talking books tend to send me to sleep.
However I had read good things about this one.

"Prison in Space" was written as a comedy for the Second Doctor and as a result is very much of its time. Not quite a Carry On story, but the villain is called Babs.
It is performed as a talking book with a few dramatised interludes. Wendy Padbury and Frazer Hines do a great job in bringing the story to life, but the story itself is just too... bizarre. Frazer's Troughton impression is impressive though.

"Daleks: The Destroyers" was my reason for buying this set, however.
Back in the 60s Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks, wanted to take his psychotic cyborgs to America and basically pulled the plug on them appearing in Doctor Who. He wrote a pilot episode for an American TV network... which never even reached pre-production.
The premise was that the Space Security Service would be pitted against the Daleks each episode, the SSS having stemmed from the Dalek epic "The Dalek Masterplan" (and it's prequel "Mission to the Unknown")
This CD (running to 70 minutes) is that TV script on audio. Rather than adapt it for audio the team decided to have Jean Marsh (Sara Kingdom) narrate it as if she was reading stage directions - which is what she does. Her voice is flat and rather intrusive sadly. The moments of high drama are ruined by narration. What should have been a special production has turned into the worst CD I have ever listened to from Big Finish. The actors really do sound as if they are reading aloud rather than acting.
Boring and dull.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant cosmic farce, 8 Nov 2011
This review is from: The Second Doctor Box Set (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
I miss the Black & White days! I loved Hartnell and Troughton, and feel robbed by the fact that so many old episodes were junked, so this is a real treat. Fraser Hines gives a fantastic impression of Patrick Troughton so it is easy to visualise the story, which is a fun romp. The Dalek story that follows is interesting from a historical point of view, but not on a par with the main attraction. Still worth having though.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

The Second Doctor Box Set (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories)
The Second Doctor Box Set (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) by Terry Nation (Audio CD - 31 Dec 2010)
29.99
In stock
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews