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4.0 out of 5 stars Planet Poe
The latest Doctor Who audio to feature the eighth doctor, and it follows right on from Situation Vacant (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) wherein the Doctor picked up a new companion.

This one is pretty much stand alone though so you could get into it without having heard situation vacant. Not least because the seeming story arc of this audio...
Published on 19 Sep 2010 by Paul Tapner

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite hitting the mark
Hmmm ... not quite sure what to make of this story.

I think I found it hard to quite take it seriously - I find that the fact that the Senior Prosecutor could have such an obsessive take on Poe, and yet still be put in charge of a war criminal, the apparent perpetrator of such massive horror, to be somewhat hard to believe. The whole prison complex being...
Published on 19 April 2011 by Keen Reader


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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite hitting the mark, 19 April 2011
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Keen Reader "lhendry4" (Auckland, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nevermore (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
Hmmm ... not quite sure what to make of this story.

I think I found it hard to quite take it seriously - I find that the fact that the Senior Prosecutor could have such an obsessive take on Poe, and yet still be put in charge of a war criminal, the apparent perpetrator of such massive horror, to be somewhat hard to believe. The whole prison complex being built around Poe's ideas seemed just too wacky to quite take seriously. Really, would any regime or judiciary system condone such a Prosecutor's fancies?

And the Ravens? I'm not sure why, but they reminded me somewhat of Thompson and Thomson from Tintin.

The scenes with the Pit and the Pendulum, and the being buried alive - well, they were somewhat predictable once you knew the Prosecutor's predeliction for Poe.

Not a great dramatic story - the horror wasn't really there. And not a funny story - the humour wasn't there. Somehow the story fell between two stools, and didn't quite make a success of itself.

Held together really only by good acting on the part of the actress playing Tamsin, and the always great presence of Paul McGann in consistent form.
Good only really as a bridging story between Situation Vacant and the next story in the series which you feel is leading somewhere with the Time Lords involvement in some shape or form.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric But Underwhelming Eighth Doctor Audio Adventure, 20 May 2014
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nevermore (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
CD Info.
2 episode audio adventure.
Running time 60 minutes approx.

Extras.
Trailer
15 minutes of behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)Eric Loren played Mr Diagoras in Daleks In Manhattan/Evolution Of The Daleks & played John Parker in Big Finish Doctor Who adventure:Assassin In The Limelight.
2)Emila Fox is the sister of Laurence Fox who is the husband of Billie Piper who played Rose Tyler in Doctor Who.
3)Fenella Woolgar played Agatha Christie In Series 4 story The Unicorn & The Wasp with Tenth Doctor David Tennant, Woolgar also appeared in Big Finish Doctor Who The Company Of Friends as Hellan Femor.
4)The strange little man whom set these event's in motion is revealed in the next story Doctor Who The Eighth Doctor Adventures:The Book Of Kells.

Plot Synopsis.
The Eighth Doctor & new companion Tamsin Drew are dragged down to the planet Nevermore after a strange manifestation appears in the Tardis console room were a strange world is themed on the event's of horror writer Edgar Allan Poe.

Nevermore has been devised as a prison for one particular woman named Morella Wendigo while the Senior Prosecutor Uglosi fears the arrival of an assassin who is ready to claim his soul prisoner, An assassin with claws.

While Raven like robots serve Uglosi obsession with the works of 19th century writer Edgar Allan Poe, Uglosi obsession with Poe could cost the lives of all the inhabitants on the planets surface.

Can the Doctor protect Morella from the assassin who wants her blood?, Why does Nevermore worship the 19th century horror writer Edgar Allan Poe? & just what is the strange mist that appears that is called the Red death?

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a very uneven story that I struggled to get through, The synopsis sounds intriguing yet for me the adventure never really gets going somehow resulting in a average audio adventure with flahes of brilliance by Big Finish script editor & writer Alan Barnes.

Paul McGanns performance raises this to a three star review as he just about manages to keep the story together as his incarnation of the Doctor thrives on a good mystery & the story's gothic nature suits McGanns Eighth Doctor perfectly.

Alan Barnes script feels neither a full on horror story as it incoherently changes direction resulting in the listener to completely engage in all the storys event's.

Niki Wardley does well as new companion Tasmin Drew in her first official adventure, The scene were Tasmin awakes to find herself trapped inside a coffin is a genuinely creepy unnerving moment that adds great tension to the story's drama & credit to Niki Wardly for giving her all to this particular scene.

Good support comes from Fenella Woolgar & Emilia Fox as Morella & Bernice whos characters add a certain gravitas to this uneven tone story.

The sound effects here really give Nevermore a unnerving atmosphere especially the sound of the swinging pendulum & the chilling sounds of howling mist if only the script was more atmospheric.

This story needed tightening in a few places, As it stands Nevermore is more a psychological surreal type of Doctor Who adventure that delivers a good eerie atmosphere yet somehow Alan Barnes adventure doesn't quite fit together as it should have done & is a story that features more in the way of a few tense scenes.

This is one audio adventure that may require multiple listens by Doctor Who fans but if your after a more traditional run of the mill Doctor Who adventure you maybe better looking elsewhere.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Planet Poe, 19 Sep 2010
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nevermore (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
The latest Doctor Who audio to feature the eighth doctor, and it follows right on from Situation Vacant (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) wherein the Doctor picked up a new companion.

This one is pretty much stand alone though so you could get into it without having heard situation vacant. Not least because the seeming story arc of this audio season doesn't get mentioned till right close to the end and even that may not confuse those who didn't hear the former story.

This story is a two parter, each episode running for roughly thirty minutes, and is complete on one disc.

Whilst touring the TARDIS, the Doctor and Tamsin have a visitor, who takes them to a strange world called Nevermore. A planet that is home to one individual and some rather strange jailors. The warden of this jail is obsessed with the work of Edgar Allan Poe. And with the spectre of death looming, the Doctor has a mystery to solve....

The tv show did stories centred around Christie and Shakespeare, This handles it differently by making all the references to Poe's work things that play a role in the story rather than just throwaway lines. The setting is unique and there's some excellent voice acting creating genuinely strange and alien characters plus some with a wide variety of accents. An early TARDIS scene allows for some fun moments. And some historical referencing from the Doctor is done in an interesting manner.

There are points though where there's a lot of exposition and then explanation coming thick and fast, so you do have to pay close attention to these. But the main resolution to one key question is handled in a very satisfying manner.

It's early days for new companion Tamsin and her pithy comebacks do feel a bit over familiar. But there's one scene that uses her background in a clever manner and she has a very believable reaction to a moment of danger.

As mentioned this stands pretty much on it's own but there is clearly a story arc going on that is quite intriguing.

An interesting release and one that will possibly benefit from more than one listening.

There are roughly fourteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc. Which begin with some interesting insights into the writing process for the story that are worth a listen.

And there's a trailer for the next story in this season The Book of Kells (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) at the start of the disc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nevermore - The Doctor's telltale hearts are set against the red death and the black cat as he meets Edgar Allen Poe., 30 Aug 2010
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is another entertaining production from Big Finish for the Eighth Doctor. Following from the events of `Situation Vacant', the Dr and his new companion are plunged into a weird world which has been based around the words of Edgar Allen Poe. They are forced to land on the prison planet Nevermore, inhabited by robotic giant crows as guards, and with strange black cats and various other horrors from Poe's imagination. There is an interesting plot as he Doctor untangles the crimes of the only prisoner, and just who is murdering people connected with that crime.

It strikes the right line between the humour and the horror, and an entertaining tale results. More psychological thriller than some, and works on several levels. The cast has a lot of fun as they recite large tracts of Poe's prose and poetry, and this is a production full of atmosphere. Recommended to all who like something a bit different with a sense of fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eighh Doc Adventures "Nevermore", 11 Oct 2010
This review is from: Nevermore (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
The marriage of Poe's hallucinatory landscapes of morbidity and torture with Outer Space family sci-fi doesn't quite come off. New companon Tamsin is continually upstaged by war criminal Morella Wendigo- BF's answer to Cruella De Vil. It's always good to hear the Scouse mutterings of McGann's dandy Time Lord however.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More Poe than Drew, 30 Aug 2010
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Tony Jones "Tony" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Nevermore (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
This episode should be all about Tamsin Drew's first adventure aboard the TARDIS, instead I felt that her story was swamped by the homage to Edgar Allen Poe that was the background and foreground to this story. It starts well with a mysterious cat in the TARDIS, strange alien landscapes and bizarre Raven-esque robots squawking 'Nevermore' at the drop of a hat, but soon becomes so overladen with Poe references and imagery that I lost the sense of the underlying mystery and of how Tamsin would develop as a character.

For me this is a pity, all the usual good Big Finish stuff is here, quality acting, production and so forth, it just didn't work well as a piece for me.

Roll on the Book of Kells
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