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5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Does Pulpy Horror, 28 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Lurkers at Sunlight's Edge (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who : Lurkers At Sunlight Edge.
Doctor: Seventh Doctor.
Companion(s): Ace, Hex
Main setting: Alaska, 1934.
Writer: Marty Ross.
Director : Ken Bentley.
Release number: 141.
Format : 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 120 minutes.

Extras.
Traier.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Cast.
The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy.
Ace - Sophie Aldred.
Hex - Philip Olivier.
CP Doveday - Michael Brandon.
Dr Freya Gabriel - Kate Terence.
Emerson Whytecrag III - Stuart Milligan.
Professor August Corbin - Alex Lowe.
Slade - Sam Clemens.
Captain Akins - Duncan Wisbey.

Trivia.
1)The Fifth Doctor previously visited Alaska in 1964 & 1994 in the company of Nyssa. (Audio: The Land of the Dead)
2)The TARDIS is still white. (Audio: The Angel of Scutari).
3)Hex refers to seeing the Doctor come back from the dead. (Audio : A Death in the Family).
4)The Doctor mentions that he has descended an ice cliff before, "though not particularly skillfully." (Tv: Dragonfire).
5)The TARDIS anoraks have "Yeti cloths" in their pockets. (Tv : The Abominable Snowmen).
6)The Karnas'koi are Elder Gods. (Audi : Black and White).
7)Michael Brandon appeared in Series 4 (Tv The Stolen Earth) as General Sanchez.

Plot Synopsis.
1934: the Tardis lands on a snowy island off the coast of Alaska -- one that wasn't there four years, three months & six days ago, according to the Doctor.

The island is dominated by a vast, twisted citadel. Inside it, the Lurkers lie dreaming. It's said when they wake the world will end...

Led by the ruthless Emerson Whytecrag, an expedition has come to the citadel, to exploit the horrors in its ebon-dark interior, Horrors just like those published in the pages of the pulp magazine Shuddersome Tales, where a hero's only reward is madness, death... or worse.

Horrors that the Doctor & his companion are about to wake up.

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer Marty Ross has delivered a excellent pulpy 1930s weird gothic feel to this audio adventure as a very straightforward Lovecraftian horrors-from-beyond-the-dawn-of-time story.

Actor Michael Brandon gives a brilliant performance as CP Doveday who is ultimately a tragic misunderstood character as Doveday himself occasionally metamorphoses between human & alien states yelling out in a alien language & delivers a scary dramatic performance throughout while actor Stuart Milligan embitters his character Emerson Whytecrag as a brilliant crazy eccentric in a superb performance.

Sylvester McCoy delivers a good all round performance as the Doctor yet is slightly underused in this play, while Sophie Aldred as Ace unusually has a nice few character moments in this adventure taking on the compassionate nurturing role here.

Phillip Oliver as Hex gets tp flex his acting muscles here yet this play seems little overkill to put Hex through another "The Doctor is dead!" scenario so soon after A Death In The Family, but Olivier performance in this play is excellent playing Hex as ragged & burntout of someone who can't take anymore of the constant stress.

Overall Lurkers At Sunlight Edge is a creepy atmospheric audio adventure that kept me engaged throughout its 2 hour running time as the listener finds out the mysteries of the snowy island, superb atmospheric sound effects plus great performances by guest actors Michael Brandon & Stuart Milligan elevate this into a classic Doctor Who adventure.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lurkers at Sunlight's Edge, 30 Mar 2014
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In 1934, the Tardis lands on an island off the coast of Alaska, that wasn't there until four years ago. Obviously, this is of interest to the Doctor, so the Tardis crew bundle up in their woollies and trundle off over the snow and ice to find out what's so odd about this island. They come across a man who seems rather crazed by whatever has happened to him, and when the Doctor, Hex and Ace try to help him they find themselves in the middle of an expedition led by the ruthless Emerson Whytecrag III. When the Doctor and his companions become separated, they find themselves on different parts of the island and in very different circumstances.

I really enjoyed this story; the character of C P Doveday is tremendous, and wonderfully realised by the talented Michael Brandon. The nod to H P Lovecraft is evident from the beginning, totally in keeping with the whole story, and very sympathetically done. The twists and turns in this story are really superb, and the characters are very well drawn. Whytecrag, Corbin and Doveday in particular are very well characterised and played, and the Tardis crew play their own parts very well.

Overall, I think this is a real keeper of a seventh Doctor story and one that you would listen to often. There are nuances and depths in the story and in the characters that make it a modern classic; totally recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lurkers at the Sunlight's Edge: How many dreamers are there?, 22 Aug 2013
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This is the hundred and forty first release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Philip Olivier as Hex. 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. 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.

Following the big, complex and angsty adventures of `Project: Destiny' and `Death in the Family', this is a return to the traditional Who story, and none the worse for it. The Doctor, Ace and Hex land the TARDIS somewhere close to Alaska, and are soon running around on the ice dealing with some very strange puzzles, the inmates of a local lunatic asylum, lots of men with guns, and CP Doveday, pulp horror writer and possibly the most dangerous man on the planet. Oh, and strange mists, networks of caves and the most unusual of sacred texts.

It's inventive, it's fun, it hits all the right notes for a story about as traditionally Who as you can get. It's a pleasure to listen to. Especially for the homage to Lovecraft (though at times it seems to be taking elements from L Ron Hubbard and the founding principles of the cult of scientology). McCoy, Aldred and Olivier clearly enjoy this after all the hard work and deep and meaningful stuff of the previous releases. It's a good, solid, old fashioned story and a great listen. A great way to round off this excellent trilogy, 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tale to make you shudder, 11 Jan 2011
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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Latest Doctor Who audio story. Featuring Sylvester Mccoy as the seventh doctor, with his companions Ace and Hex.

Although this is billed as the third part of a trilogy, following on from Dr Who: A Death in the Family this is pretty much stand alone, with only one throwaway line referencing the previous story. And it shouldn't confuse casual listeners so anyone should be able to get into this quite easily.

There are four episodes, running each for roughly twenty five minutes, spread over two discs.

The story sees the TARDIS visit a remote island off Alaska, in 1934. An island that wasn't there a few years before.

On this island is an expedition exploring a vast, twisted citadel. Stories have it that monsters live inside, sleeping. And that the world will end should they wake...

Hidden agendas and treachery await the expedition as they get closer to their objective.

And there's also an asylum to be found nearby. Where one of the patients is a pulp fiction writer who appears to have a slender grip on reality.

The secrets of the island are about to be unearthed.

This story makes no secret of being an HP Lovecraft homage. Ancient monsters and texts. remote locations. People driven to the edge of sanity. But it ticks all the right boxes and does it very well, leading to some very creepy moments. Michael Brandon turns in a strong performance as CP Doveday, a man on the edge of sanity.

A few interesting twists and turns await, as do some creepy moments.

The incidental music can be a bit intrusive at points and a slight suspension of disbelief is required to make the outdoor scenes come to life, but those are minor complaints.

And after recent story arcs for the companions were resolved in previous releases, both are strong and determined individuals here, which gives them good moments.

Not the most original or classic bit of Doctor Who ever, but a very professional production and a very good listen.

There's a trailer for the next release The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories (Doctor Who) at the end of part four, and after that are fifteen minutes worth of very good interviews with the writer and the cast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor, 25 April 2013
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Bought as a Christmas present no complaints so guess it was in good order as recipotant is a Dr Who buff
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seen The Doctor? Alaska round..., 30 Nov 2010
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The third of three 2010 Big Finish dramas to feature The Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex, is a fast-paced and hugely enjoyable offering from Big Finish. The story is actually quite a straightforward one, with the TARDIS crew arriving on a snowy island off the coast of Alaska - one that wasn't there four years, three months and six days ago, according to the Doctor - where a forbidding citadel dominates the landscape and the feared Lurkers lie dreaming in the shadows.

The Seventh Doctor is quickly separated from his companions, and whilst Hex almost becomes the unwitting victim of human sacrifice, Ace meets enigmatic horror writer C.P Doveday and discovers his terrible secret. The Doctor meanwhile is lured into a psychiatric hospital by the mysterious Dr Freya Gabriel; nearly becoming a permanent inmate and it is while he is sidelined that Ace and Hex really come to the fore.

On the audio commentary Scottish writer Marty Ross explains how he gained inspiration from horror writer H.P Lovecraft, while Sophie Aldred, Philip Olivier and guest star Michael Brandon (of Dempsey & Makepeace fame) also provide insight into the making of the story. Disc One also includes a specially written musical score after the first two episodes, and overall this is another first-rate production from Big Finish. A tantalising taste of the next monthly release - a compendium of tales featuring Peter Davison's Fifth Doctor - rounds off Disc Two nicely, and I for one cannot wait for its release.
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