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This review is from: Earth Aid (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)This superb series showcasing how the TV series cancelled in 1989 might have developed, continues with an Andrew Cartmel/Ben Aaronovitch penned story, featuring the vast grain-carrying space vessel Vancouver and its unusual new captain; known to the ship's mysterious Doctor as Ace...
Featuring the brilliant Patterson Joseph, and re-introducing Beth Chalmers as jewel-thief turned time traveller Raine Creevey, Earth Aid is a reasonably light story with some memorable dialogue and great interplay between the central characters. I have to say that the sluglike Grubs were a little too comedy for comfort, but the overall tone and feel of the audio is well done.
With the now obligatory interviews with cast and crew, and an extended piece of music at the end of the first disk, this is another quality release from Big Finish, and it is to be hoped that this isn't the last time The Seventh Doctor, Ace and Raine get their own strand of stories.
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This review is from: Earth Aid (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)Back in 1989 when Doctor Who was cancelled, this meant that stories which were being prepared for the next year of the show got abandoned and thus they never reached the tv screen.
Now, thanks to Big Finish audio adaptating them for cd, we can hear what might have been.
This is the fourth and final release in this run. Featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace. Plus new companion Raine Creevy. A posh girl with a talent for safe cracking.
Some story threads from the previous three releases do run into this one but they're not major and thus casual listeners should be able to get into this relatively easily. Although you may be better off having heard the other three first [Thin Ice (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) Crime of the Century (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories)Animal (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories)] because otherwise one of the cliffhangers might fall flat and you may wonder why some characters are so annoyed with the Doctor.
This story runs for four episodes and is spread over two cds. The first three parts are twenty five minutes long and the last is a little over thirty.
The story opens on the bridge of the spaceship Vancouver. Which is taking a shipment of grain from Earth to another planet. The Captain of the Vancouver seems to be a little out of her depth. And repeats certan phrases that may just have come from tv shows a lot. She also takes a lot of advice from the ship's doctor.
The crew's suspicions about her are forced aside when they discover another vessel in need of aid. And when mysterious aliens attack.
Whilst Ace has to fight off their attackers and keep the crew on her side, the Doctor has to find what's lurking in the grain silos...
The show did try space opera on tv a couple of times and those efforts weren't successful. Because they were slowly paced six part stories. This is much better paced by virtue of being four parts and reasonably long episodes so it moves along very nicely.
The supporting characters could be rather cliched but their interaction with Ace - and vice versa - does make for some good scenes which give Sophie Aldred some good material to work with. The mystery of what's in the grain does take a while to be answered but the result is quite interesting.
Part four does have a lot to cram in and thus does go on for a while but it does offer some interesting surprises. One very funny moment. And whilst there's a message to it it's never preachy and it's really quite original.
The storylines that have run through the season don't come to much of a conclusion. But it does all end with one nice wrap up scene that promises further adventures for this TARDIS crew.
Alas this is the end of this batch of lost stories, though. Which is a pity. Because on the basis of these you would like to hear what the Doctor Ace and Raine do next.
The next lost story is a fifth doctor tale Elite, The (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) and there is a trailer for that after part four on disc two.
There's also almost thirty minutes of interviews with cast and crew, split between the end of disc one and the end of disc two.
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Earth Aid (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) by Andrew Cartmel (Audio CD - 31 July 2011)