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5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally good, 23 Feb 2011
This review is from: Dr Who 143 the Crimes of Thomas Brewster (Dr Who Big Finish) (Audio CD)
Original monthly release 143 from the Big Finish Doctor Who collection sees the return of the eponymous Victorian urchin cum time traveller - or the 'artless dodger' as The Doctor calls him - as well as the cynical Mancunian copper DI Menzies and sexegenarian historian Evelyn Smythe. Having always disliked the latter as a fussy and overbearing addition to the TARDIS, this story actually warmed me to her at long last; there's no doubt that Maggie Stables' creation is a sharp cookie and her relationship with 'old sixie' is clearly of mutual benefit to both travellers.
Menzies is another great character, who sparks off Colin Baker's pompous (although increasingly less so these days) Sixth Doctor wonderfully, while John Pickard's wily cockerney scamp Brewster also provides an earthiness that counterpoints the Sci-fi shenanigans nicely.
With deadly giant flying insects, an opening boat chase along the Thames that is reminiscent of a James Bond movie, and David Troughton as a sinister crime lord, this audio release has everything you could wish for, and shows quite clearly that there's an awful lot of life in the old dog yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brewsters Back, Menzies Returns & The Doctor Turns Gangster?, 6 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Dr Who 143 the Crimes of Thomas Brewster (Dr Who Big Finish) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who: The Crimes Of Thomas Brewster.
Doctor: Sixth Doctor.
Companion: Evelyn.
Featuring: Thomas Brewster, Flip, DI Menzies.
Main setting: London, 2010.
Writer: Jonathan Morris.
Director: Nicholas Briggs.
Release number: 143.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 120 minutes.

Behind the scenes interviews.

The Doctor - Colin Baker.
Evelyn Smythe - Maggie Stables.
Thomas Brewster - John Pickard.
DI Patricia Menzies - Anna Hope.
Raymond Gallagher - David Troughton.
Jared Ramon - Ashley Kumar.
Phillipa "Flip" Jackson - Lisa Greenwood.
Sergeant Bradshaw - Duncan Wisbey.
The Terravore Queen - Helen Goldwyn.
Ticket collector - Nicholas Briggs

1)Flip's ringtone is Pokerface by Lady Gaga.
2)While being interviewed by Menzies, Evelyn tells her that the Doctor's name is "Dr. John Smith."
3)After the Doctor's coat is destroyed in the explosion of the Terravore which had been pursuing Evelyn & him, he is given a jumper & jeans from the police station's lost property, He tells Evelyn that he has twelve other identical coats in the Tardis wardrobe.
4)Menzies asks Evelyn what has become of Charley Pollard, Evelyn has never heard of her as the Sixth Doctor did not meet Charley until after Evelyn had left the Tardis crew.
5)Brewster tells the Doctor that his girlfriend Connie Winter was hit by a car & left in an irreversible coma, As the doctors told her that she had no chance of recovery, Brewster had her taken off of life support.
6)A future incarnation of the Doctor saved Symbios from the Drahvins at a considerably earlier point in the planet's history.
7)This is the Doctor's first meeting with DI Menzies in his personal timeline. However, it is their third meeting from her perspective, following (Audio: The Condemned & The Raincloud Man), Menzies elects not to inform the Doctor but he correctly guesses that this is the case. He promises to return the favour when they meet for the first time in her personal timeline.
8)DI Menzies refers to the Ackley House incident in Manchester in February 2008. (Audio: The Condemned).
9)David Troughton is the son of Second Doctor actor the late Patrick Troughton.

Plot Synopsis.
In modern-day London, Detective Inspector Patricia Menzies is investigating a strange new mob boss known as the Doctor. Meanwhile, the real Doctor is being chased by giant robot mosquitoes & his companion Evelyn Smythe is taking the tube to an alien world & just why is old Victorian acquaintance Thomas Brewsters connection to the rapacious robot Terravores?

Timelord Thoughts.
While I'm not a fan of the Thomas Brewster character I hugely enjoy writer Jonathan Morris work & Morris has once again written a entertainingly enjoyable Sixth Doctor adventure here who along with Evelyn Smythe teams up once again with DI Menzies in a adventure that features a new gang in London run by `the Doctor' & then The Terrovores show up who have the ability to turn people into diamonds while Thomas Brewster has been up to his ole tricks again & smashed a hole in the fabric of the universe.

From its action packed opening with the Doctor channeling his inner James Bond in a excellent speedboat chase across the Thames this is a clever & dynamic story with DI Menzies back in the thick of the action superbly played once again by actress Anna Hope who can deliver witty dialogue superbly sarcastically.

Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor is firing on all cylinders throughout this story & delivers a more action orientated performance for his Sixth persona while Maggie Stabbles as Evelyn Smythe feels a little underused here but with so many characters featured in this play I suppose that was to be expected.

This also sees the first apperance of the character of Flip cheekily played by Lisa Greenwood who would go onto be the Sixth Doctors future companion but that as they say is another story.

This story sees the return of the artful dodger Thomas Brewster & while the character is still annoying there seems to be a paternal bond developing between Brewster & Evelyn while the contrast between Brewster & the Sixth Doctor is far more edgier than his interaction with the Fifth Doctor.

Overall, The Crimes Of Thomas Brewster is another excellent Sixth Doctor adventure written by the brilliant Jonathan Morris, the robot Terravores are a great foil in this story & the whole production has a polished feel to it thanks too great direction from Nicholas Briggs, with fine performances from the cast this makes for a outstandingly entertaining Doctor Who audio adventure.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Crimes Of Thomas Brewster: He doesn’t know who I am, and he doesn’t know I know who he is!, 13 Sep 2013
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This is the hundred and forty third release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six, Maggie Stables as Evelyn, Anna Hope as DI Menzies, David Troughton as Gallagher and John Pickard as Thomas Brewster. 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.

This is a pretty good release from BF, finally reuniting old Sixie with Evelyn (too long missing from the range!) and bringing in other fan favourites DI Menzies and Thomas Brewster. It opens with a bang right into the middle of an adventure (it is so in the middle of the action I had to check that I hadn’t put disc 2 in the player by mistake!) for Six and Evelyn as they are chased down the Thames in a Bondesque sequence by some mechanical giant bugs. Fairly soon they are in the thick of a complex adventure involving local gang warefare, alien invasion and DI Menzies, brought to London due to her knowledge of a crimelord known only as ‘The Doctor’...

What follows is a fan pleasing adventure as a whole bunch of old favourites get their teeth into a fun script. There are some time travelling concepts here that provide a lot of fun, adn the cast are clearly having a ball.

My one criticism of an otherwise fun scipt is that it tries just a little too hard to be a fan pleaser. It brings back favourite characters and introduces us to potentially important characters in teh Doctor’s future, and in so doing it throws just a little too much into the pot. It could have done with maybe one less principle, so that the other big names could be better served. A case in point is David Troughton as the gangster Gallagher, it’s a fine performance and a lot of fun, but he is barely in it due to the necessity for finding time for all the other characters.

All in all a 4 star release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brewster's back, 15 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Dr Who 143 the Crimes of Thomas Brewster (Dr Who Big Finish) (Audio CD)
A new Doctor Who audio story featuring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, and the start of a new trilogy of stories for him.

This one is the first in a couple of years to feature Evelyn Smythe, his long term audio companion.

And it also sees the return of a couple of other characters from earlier audios.

Victorian mudlark Thomas Brewster, who travelled with the Fifth Doctor for a short while, first appearing in The Haunting of Thomas Brewster (Doctor Who).

And Mancunian policewoman Patricia Menzies, who first encountered the Sixth Doctor in The Condemned (Doctor Who).

For Patricia, this story takes place after her earlier meetings with the Doctor. But for him, it takes place before then. How the characters deal with this is very clever and deals with continuity questions very nicely.

Will all that and the return of past characters confuse casual listeners?

Possibly not because there's enough exposition in here to make sure that those who don't follow the range regularly should have little trouble getting into this.

This story runs for four episodes of twenty five to twenty nine minutes approx, and is spread over two discs.

It sees the Doctor and Evelyn being attacked by a robot insect whilst visiting present day london, and this drawing them into a web of east end crime. There's a gang war going on, and one of the gangs is lead by a mysterious man called 'The Doctor.' Patricia Menzies has been called in because of her experience of dealing with this man. But there are far more to the Doctor's schemes that meet the eye, and the survival of a couple of worlds are at stake as a result.

Starting off at a great pace and never letting up for the first two parts, these are great fun thanks to sharp dialogue and some very witty exchanges. Everything happens as a result of character interaction and they all go together very well. A strong cliffhanger to part two takes the story off in a surprising new direction, and the gradual unfolding of the schemes of 'the Doctor' constantly surprises as more of the plot is revealed.

It does get very involved in the last two episodes and you do need to keep your concentration to get the most out of them. But Brewster and the Doctor and Evelyn have the makings of an excellent trio, all sparking off each other superbly. And in addition to some memorable funny moments there are a couple of poignant ones that will stick with you for a while.

Besides, any story that has so much going on can be enjoyed more than once as you'll most likely find something new each time, and that's a good thing.

A strong start to what should be a very good trilogy. It ends on a cliffhanger that leads into the second story of this run The Feast of Axos (Doctor Who).

A trailer for that can be found after the final episode on disc two.

There's roughly eleven minutes of music from the story on the final track of disc one.

And nineteen minutes of very entertaining interviews with cast and crew on the final track of disc two.
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