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5.0 out of 5 stars Sixth Doctor & Jamie's Exellent Adventures
Positive.
1)Frazer Hines as a slightly older Jamie McCrimmon gives a wonderful performance & has instant chemistry with Colin Bakers Sixth Doctor.
2)This is a new trilogy that features The Sixth Doctor & Jamie & the mystery links throughout of the mysterious Black water.
3)An engaging fast paced story by writer Simon Bovey.

Negative.
None i...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Black Donald and Black Water
A new Doctor audio play featuring Colin Baker as the sixth doctor. This is the start of a new trilogy of stories, which also feature Frazer Hines reprising the role of doctor's companion Jamie Mccrimmon. Sometime after he travelled with the second, and thus he doesn't remember that time as a result of what happened in his final story.

The story runs for four...
Published on 26 May 2010 by Paul Tapner


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3.0 out of 5 stars Black Donald and Black Water, 26 May 2010
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dr Who City of Spires CD (Dr Who Big Finish) (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
A new Doctor audio play featuring Colin Baker as the sixth doctor. This is the start of a new trilogy of stories, which also feature Frazer Hines reprising the role of doctor's companion Jamie Mccrimmon. Sometime after he travelled with the second, and thus he doesn't remember that time as a result of what happened in his final story.

The story runs for four episodes, two to a disc, and each episode runs for twenty eight to thirty three minutes approx.

It's set in eighteenth century scotland, the doctor arriving and finding himself in the middle of the fight between the english redcoats and the highlanders. That's established history. But Jamie doesn't even remember his very first meeting with the doctor. Which he should. Certain historical references aren't what they should be. There's a very big city somewhere between where Glasgow and Edinburgh should be. And one person who shouldn't be there at all.

Time is out of joint. Can the doctor get into the city of spires and find what's really going on here?

The first episode gives you a very interesting set up, and the doctor and jamie make a very good pairing right from the off.

But then the story, whilst never being at all bad, just becomes a bit predictable. In typical doctor who fashion people are captured and escaped, people sneak into the villain's base, various characters have to make difficult choices, and dark secrets of evil overlords are revealed.

Whilst there's nothing wrong with the story and it's format and the cast are all very good, it's just a bit too predictable. Some good moments of comedy and wordplay do shine through though, and the final scene is guaranteeed to put a smile on your lips.

The story, despite being the beginning of a trilogy, is pretty much self contained. But it leaves one big loose end which will doubtless be followed up in the next two parts of the trilogy.

The first disc has a trailer at the beginning for the next story. The last two tracks have roughly nine minutes of the incidental music without any dialogue over it.

And the end of disc two has roughly thirteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew. Well worth a listen especially for the tale of the school that had two doctor's daughters.

The trilogy continues in Dr Who the Wreck of the Titan CD (Dr Who Big Finish) (Doctor Who). Set in between this and that is Dr Who Nights Black Agents CD (Dr Who Big Finish Companion) (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) which is a bonus adventure for this duo. Although you don't need to hear it in order to hear Wreck of the Titan.

Not a bad cd all in all, but there are much more memorable ones in the range.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sixth Doctor & Jamie's Exellent Adventures, 18 Dec 2013
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Positive.
1)Frazer Hines as a slightly older Jamie McCrimmon gives a wonderful performance & has instant chemistry with Colin Bakers Sixth Doctor.
2)This is a new trilogy that features The Sixth Doctor & Jamie & the mystery links throughout of the mysterious Black water.
3)An engaging fast paced story by writer Simon Bovey.

Negative.
None i loved this story.

CD Info.
2x CDS of a 4 part story, Running time 120 minutes,Trailer,Behind the scenes interviews, Music.

Trivia.
1)Georgia Moffat has links to Doctor Who as her dad was Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, Her husband was Tenth Doctor David Tennant & she has appeared with the Tenth Doctor in the episode The Doctor's Daughter, A voice part in the 2009 animated Dreamland & with her dad on Big Finish main range story Red Dawn & cameos in The Five'ish Doctors.
2)The Black water is a link to these trilogy of plays that may echo back to a Second Doctor tv story.
3)The Phantom Piper was first referenced by Jamie in the tv story The Moonbase.
4)There is a Companion Chronicles story set between this & Wreck Of The Titan called Night's Black Agent's featuring the Sixth Doctor but not Colin Baker & Jamie still in Scotland.

Review.
The Sixth Doctor is travelling solo in the Tardis when he arrives in Scotland in the Highland Moors were the Black Donalds are fighting the Redcoats to halt the clearances not the Jacobite cause.

But something has effected the Timeline as time has become confused as the Redcaps have built anachronistic machines that are extracting blood from the land.

Why do the Redcoats only answer to the mysterious Overlord?

Why are the Scottish moors filled with Oil pumping Technology?

The Doctor whom is reunited with his former Companion Jamie McCrimmon must find out the answers by venturing into the sinister City of Spires but standing in there way are an army of Redcaps intent on stopping the Doctor & Jamie by any means necessary.

This is a fast paced & a very intriguing adventure as this is the first part of a Sixth Doctor/Jamie trilogy that certainly starts off on a high thanks to a wonderful script by Simon Bovey.

The chemistry is there straight away with actor's Colin Baker & Frazer Hines & along with Georgia Moffat this story has chills & a great mystery to it that engages the listener throughout it's 120 minutes running time.

The Overlord is creepy & makes for a good advisory & this story ends with a great cliffhanger to the future of the Black water.

This is a great audio adventure & a great start to a new trilogy of storys that i highly recommend to Doctor Who fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars City of Spires: Oh Jamie!, 22 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Dr Who City of Spires CD (Dr Who Big Finish) (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the hundred and thirty third release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as old Sixie, and features a very welcome return to the series of fan favourite Frazier Hines as the irrepressible Jamie McCrimmon. 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 first in a trilogy of three linked adventures to feature Jamie. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the second disc and a few minutes of the soundtrack at the end of disc 1.

This is an absolutely joyful moment for Dr Who fans, and sees the return of old favourite Frazier Hines as Jamie McCrimmon. Once a companion of the second Doctor and now living in the Highlands with no memory of his travels (following the Time Lord's suppression of his memory at the end of War Games) Jamie is still the brave and heroic fellow he was. The Sixth Doctor, travelling alone, winds up in the Highlands of Jacobean times and cannot believe it when he bumps into his old friend. Unfortunately, his old friend cannot believe that he was ever a friend of such a dandy.

There follows a story that very much evokes the feel of the Troughton era. At it's hub is the presence in Scotland of some glaring anachronisms that the Doctor must get to the root of. But while investigating there is lots of running around, getting captured and escaping, just like Two, Jamie and Zoe used to in the good old days. It's exuberant, it's fun, it's a real pleasure. Colin Baker and Frazier Hines work really well together, Frazier giving us an older, maybe wiser Jamie and Colin skilfully bringing forth the impish side of his Doctor's personality, reminiscent of Troughton, to recreate that old magic. But don't worry if you're not au fait with the back stories, there is enough exposition along the way to keep you informed, and Frazer Hines' lilting Scottish brogue is so full of charm that you will forget all about the need for explanations.

It's an absolute joy to listen to, an inspired idea from Big Finish to pair them up. Excellent stuff, 5 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars City of Spires, 6 May 2010
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The first disk brilliantly sets up Colin Bakers Doctor, who's great by the way in this and almost all of them, and his old companion Jamie as, well, first strangers to each other and then allies.

This is the first time the DOctor has revisited an old male companion that traveled with him as a younger man/boy and I find the male companions, not having been done as often as the boring female ones, much more refreshing. We've seen the Doc revisit Sarah Jane, Reinet, Rose, and Martha not to mention others in the novels such as Jo Grant.

The history for disk one is nice but I'm afraid the messed up timeline stuff doesn't go over well nor is it explained but maybe that will be explained in later episodes of this trilogy. For me, thinking of it as a trilogy is sad as I'd want Jamie to stay with the Doctor far longer than three stories. In any case, having Colin in a historical or even a psuedo historical setting is nice and this is rather well done and presented. The sound effects are great, the acting great, Georgina Moffet is good as Alice (the listener may remember her from The Doctors Daughter on TV and Red Dawn from earlier in the BF range). She's sort of sidelined in part two but comes back a bit.

Part two sags a bit after a good first half and reverts to a typical Doctor meets alien in the past storyline and possession. The good bits of part one flail their way through however and the typical Doctor faces down alien isnt the best of endings.

The rest of the ending however is rather nicely done too again mostly for part one and for Jamie and the 6th Doctor remeeting. Their collaboration also saves most of part two however it is a story of two halfs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Guess who's back...Jamie's back, 14 April 2011
This review is from: Dr Who City of Spires CD (Dr Who Big Finish) (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Over forty years after he was sent back to his own time and his memory wiped by the Time Lords, Eighteenth century Scottish Highlander Jamie McCrimmon once more joins forces with The Doctor. Despite having absolutely no recollection of his time aboard the TARDIS, Black Donald as he is now known, quickly bonds with Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor and the pair are soon embroiled in the machinations of the enigmatic overlords and their servants the deadly Redcaps, as the pair do their utmost to uncover the secrets that lie behind the city of spires...

Simon Bovey's script is assured and exhilerating, and he puts the relationship between The Doctor and Jamie at the forefront of the story, the Highlander's initial scorn at this 'French dandy' changing to a grudging respect. Eventually the pair become friends once more, ready to take on all comers as they are whisked off into time and space once more.

A solid if unremarkable story, that is chiefly worth listening to for the badinage between The Doctor and Jamie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Reunion for the Doctor, 31 May 2010
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The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker) and Jamie McCrimmon (Frazer Hines) first crossed paths in the 1985 TV story 'The Two Doctors', which saw Patrick Troughton's Second Doctor meeting his then-current incarnation. 25 years after that encounter, Baker and Hines are reunited in 'City of Spires', the first in a new trilogy of adventures which sees the Doctor encountering Jamie again, many years after he left the TARDIS.

The setting is Jamie's native Scotland, where he's back to being the archetypal highlander, battling English redcoats and protecting villages under the adopted moniker Black Donald. Due to the way the Doctor and Jamie were forcibly parted by the Time Lords, he doesn't remember his travels in the TARDIS - but strangely, this Jamie doesn't even remember his first meeting with the Doctor, which he should. That's not the only mystery - history isn't quite running to its normal path, there's anachronistic technology all over the place, and the sinister Overlord (something of an intergalactic oil baron) appears to be at the heart of it all.

Colin Baker is, of course, good as ever - he really seems to have found his feet playing the Doctor on audio, and memories of his more prickly TV incarnation have been laid to rest. Frazer Hines, playing an older if not necessarily wiser Jamie, seems to recapture the highlander's spirit straight away, and there's never any doubt this is the same character who travelled with Patrick Troughton's Doctor all those years ago. Heading up the supporting cast is the excellent Georgia Moffett, perhaps best known to 'Doctor Who' fans for playing the Doctor's daughter Jenny on TV, and of course for being the real-life daughter of Peter Davison.

Unfortunately, whilst the cast are great, the material they have to work with isn't quite as strong. There's nothing particularly wrong with the story - it's an exciting action-adventure with a good central mystery, but for what should be a momentous reunion between two icons of 'Doctor Who', something about 'City of Spires' feels quite unremarkable. Essentially, it's a very ordinary 'Who' story, and whilst there's nothing wrong with that, I had expected something a little more. In its favour, though, there's a great hook towards the end of the story which makes it clear that there are questions still to be answered, and that rather than being three four-part stories, this trilogy is actually going to be more akin to a single twelve-part story, told over three releases.

Whilst unremarkable next to some of the highlights of the Big Finish range (and there have been a few of late), 'City of Spires' is a very enjoyable tale, and on the strength of this, it sounds like the Jamie trilogy (quadrilogy if you want to include the tie-in Companion Chronicle release) will be something a bit special.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Pairing, 24 Jun 2010
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The first thing you notice about this story is that the Doctor has no idea what is going on. Then, out of nowhere, he runs into an old friend who he never thought he'd see again. Jamie, on the other hand, had to grow up during what looks like a nightmare. His youthful courage had to be replaced by hardness so he could lead his men, no matter the cost. The story lures you in to find out what is going on and the combination of Colin Baker and Frazer Hines are the perfect match for telling the story. Having some of the other Doctor Who audio books, this is the best by far of the sixth Doctor's stories. Also adding some great acting is Georgia Moffett, who played Jenny on Doctor Who. She is perfect as the female lead. So, if you are looking for a great story in a series, this is a great place to start.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A decent Big Finish romp, 3 May 2010
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I'm a big fan of the Big Finish series of audio plays.

This one sees Colin Baker's Doctor arrive in the Scottish Highlands and meet his old friend, Jamie McCrimmon (now "The Black Douglas"). It's always good to hear Colin Baker - for me a much unfairly dismissed Doctor Who (though I believe that amongst fandom these plays have gone to show how good he could've been, given the chance). Frazer Hines, as Jamie, is also enjoyable to hear. My first Doctor was Peter Davsion, so all I know of Pat Troughton's era is what was repeated on television and the DVD releases.

Naturally, Jamie - having had his mind wiped by the Timelords at the end of Doctor Who - The War Games [DVD - is unable to recognise the Doctor or remember his time in the TARDIS.

The Doctor soon finds that things are not as they should be - the 18th Century Scottish landscape is littered with technology ahead of the time and who, exactly are the Redcaps and the "Overlord"? The story itself follows the Doctor as he tries to find out who the Redcaps are and then the overlord. The error strewn timeline continues as historical figures (such as Rob Roy) who should've been dead for years turn up and become involved in events. The first half of the play is probably better than the latter. It sets up the meeting between Jamie and The Doctor, the battles and the derring-do are all great fun, but the second half seems a little weaker to me. We find out who the Overlord is and how the Redcaps come about (it's not *that* exciting) and it stumbles on through an alien possession story.

The worst thing with this story, however, was that it doesn't have a great deal in the way of resolution. This is fine for me, as I will certainly be in line for the next story (Dr Who the Wreck of the Titan CD (Dr Who Big Finish)), but it's less good if you aren't a regular listener. I think that this would be my main criticism. A lot happens in this story and, unfortunately, the end isn't satisfying in a "beginning - middle - end" kind of way. In other words, this story isn't a great stand-alone. UPDATE: having now heard The Wreck of the Titan, I can confirm that alongside that this story seems both better (as it starts to get a clearer part in the trilogy it begins, worse in that Wreck of the Titan is a much better, more fun, story).

All that said I enjoyed it, and I think Doctor Who fans will too, provided that the above is remembered. It isn't, however, my favourite. To give you an idea of the Big Finish audios that I really enjoy, my favourite at the moment is the wonderful The Kingmaker (Doctor Who).
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