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4.0 out of 5 stars Trapped like rats
Another Doctor Who audio story from Big Finish, and third in the latest batch to feature Peter Davison as the Doctor, along with Janet Fielding as Tegan, Mark Strickson as Turlough, and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa.

Note for those who don't get all of these audios: this is an older version of Nyssa who happened to be re-united with the TARDIS crew days after they last...
Published on 10 Aug 2011 by Paul Tapner

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3.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who & The Rat's Of Doom
Doctor Who: Rat Trap.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion(s): Tegan, Turlough, Nyssa.
Main enemy: The Rats, The Rat King.
Main setting: Cadogan Tunnels, England, 9 June 1983.
Writer: Tony Lee.
Director: Ken Bentley.
Release number: 148.
Format: 2 CDs, 4 parts.
Running time 120 minutes approx.

Extras.
Trailer...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who & The Rat's Of Doom, 7 July 2014
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Doctor Who: Rat Trap.
Doctor: Fifth Doctor.
Companion(s): Tegan, Turlough, Nyssa.
Main enemy: The Rats, The Rat King.
Main setting: Cadogan Tunnels, England, 9 June 1983.
Writer: Tony Lee.
Director: Ken Bentley.
Release number: 148.
Format: 2 CDs, 4 parts.
Running time 120 minutes approx.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Cast.
The Doctor - Peter Davison.
Nyssa - Sarah Sutton.
Tegan - Janet Fielding.
Turlough - Mark Strickson.
Clifford Andrews - John Banks.
Sally Lucas - Alison Thea-Skot.
Dr. Christopher Wallace / The Rat King - Terry Molloy.
Kevin - David Seymour.
Matthew / Major Harris - Andrew Dickens.
Caitlin Jones - Charlie Norfolk.

Trivia.
1)The Doctor tells Nyssa that UNIT will clean up after him & tells Kevin he'll contact them in order to see if he could join up.
2)This story marks the first time that Peter Davison & Terry Molloy have worked together since Resurrection of the Daleks in 1984.
3)Nyssa refers to her visit to Stockbridge in 1199 & her memories of knights in armour. (Audio: Castle of Fear).
4)The rats mention the Mara to Tegan. (Tv: Kinda, Tv: Snakedance, Audio: The Cradle of the Snake).
5)One of the rats mentions Nyssa's experiments on the Cractids. (Audio: Cobwebs).
The rats exploit Nyssa's anger at the Master for killing her father, Tremas & her step-mother Kassia (Tv: The Keeper of Traken).
6)Turlough uses a spark wire from Purity. (Audio: The Whispering Forest).
7)Terry Molloy is,better known as Davros (Tv1984-89 & reprised the character in several Big Finish audio adventures).

Plot Synopsis.
1983: as the country goes to the polls, two "Urban Explorers", together with a freelance journalist, break into the long-defunct Cadogan Tunnels, once a secret wartime facility... & later, so rumour has it, the site of an experimental laboratory with a nasty sideline in vivisection.

What they find, in its twisting underground corridors, is something the most cynical conspiracy theorist could never have imagined: a highly-evolved society of questing, intelligent creatures, living right under humanity's nose for decades.

But there's no way out of the tunnels as the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan & Turlough are about to discover when the TARDIS brings them, too, into the complex. It's a rat trap & they've all been caught!

Timelord Thoughts.
Tony Lee is synonymous with Doctor Who fans as he's been a regular on the Doctor Who comic strip for Doctor Who magazine & now writes his first Doctor Who audio for Big Finish but its it Ratastic or Rat droppings?

Rat Trap tries to mix politics, action, adventure & giant Rats attempting to turn the tables on humanity but hinges on a lot of running around which doesn't quite work on a audio medium, the villains of the are ineptly handled in motivation while the setting is perfect to deliver a claustrophobic Doctor Who story instead ventures into several gruesome sequences with supporting characters being tormented & mutilated by mutated Rat's.

Director Ken Bentley doesn't quite inject any tension into what should be a chilling Doctor Who audio adventure with many of the performances pitched way over the top & again we have the the evil scientist that created the Rats regret his actions & sacrifices himself at the end which is starting to get a little stale now, were have all the power crazed megalomaniacs gone?

The Doctor turns up at the last minute & defeats the Rats with a load of technobabble dialogue although Peter Davison delivers a far better performance here than he did in the previous Main range release Kiss Of Death.

Overall, Rat Trap is a slightly above average Doctor Who audio adventure that could've been a lot better maybe it's inexperience being Tony Lees first audio story trying to adjust to a audio format although there are a few good points including moments of macabre horror & actor Terry Molloys is excellent taking on dual roles as Dr. Christopher Wallace & The Rat King.

Sadly Rat trap concludes a fairly disappointing run of Fifth Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan & Turlough trilogy of adventures this year that hasn't really ignited any sparks from this Tardis line up that ends this trilogy on a fairly average note.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trapped like rats, 10 Aug 2011
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Another Doctor Who audio story from Big Finish, and third in the latest batch to feature Peter Davison as the Doctor, along with Janet Fielding as Tegan, Mark Strickson as Turlough, and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa.

Note for those who don't get all of these audios: this is an older version of Nyssa who happened to be re-united with the TARDIS crew days after they last saw her. But decades after she last saw them. There's a story arc running through these involving Nyssa researching a cure for a plague. The story arc was barely mentioned in the two previous releases Heroes of Sontar (Doctor Who) and Kiss of Death (Doctor Who) but it does get some development here. The ending of Kiss of Death is also touched on, but there is enough exposition such that casual listeners shouldn't have much difficulty getting into it.

There is a reference to a tv monster that appeared in the Davison era and in other audios, but you'll doubtless know your continuity if you're reading this, so that shouldn't be a problem either.

The story runs for four episodes and is spread over two discs. Parts one and three are twenty five minutes approx, part two is almost thirty two, and the last one just over twenty two minutes long.

It begins like many stories from this era on tv with scenes of humans discovering something, followed by a long scene set in the TARIDS. Which doesn't go where it's supposed to and lands it's crew in danger.

In this case it's 1983, and the place of arrival is a supposedly long abandoned underground wartime base, which has lots of tunnels. Where secret experiments once took place. And where a few people have arrived to look into the place. And to do something about it.

They and the TARDIS crew find creatures who are smart, highly evolved, very powerful. And taking a terrible revenge on humanity for things done to them in the past.

That's just the start of their plans. Can the Doctor stop them before the whole human race becomes at risk? And will everyone escape the rat trap that they're in....?

This is a creepy horror story and it's pretty grim stuff at times, and the grim atmosphere is only ever lifted when the Doctor is speaking. His manner rather cuttting through it all. However he doesn't get quite as much screen time as you might like because this story does have quite a few characters running around in it. Yet whilst the supporting characters could be dull and cliched the writing does make a decent stab at adding some depth to them so they all have their moments. Yet by the end you might struggle to remember more than a few of them.

The script also tries to touch on the issue of vivisection and it does this well, never forcing it's opinion onto the listener and making you think about it.

It does use all three of the Doctor's companions quite well, Turlough in particular getting some good strong character moments, most notably at the beginning of part four.

The voices of the monsters are an interesting experiment and just about work. And they do have a fairly decent amount of character as well.

The length of the episodes is slightly unbalanced and part two does feel far too long, but the others are just about right.

The ending is slightly abrupt - leaving one little loose end in regards to one character - but it does promise development of the aforementioned story arc when this TARDIS crew for more audio adventures in due course.

So whilst there are faults with this and it probably won't be to everyone's taste it does have enough good points to just about rate four stars.

You can hear roughly seven minutes of the music from the story at the end of disc one.

A trailer for the next big finish release Robophobia (Doctor Who) after part four on disc two.

And just under fifteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew right after that. This does contain some interesting material from the director on how the monster voices were achieved, and is worth a listen.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rat Trap: A release that stinks almost as much as the rat hole it is set in., 16 Jan 2014
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This is the hundred and forty eighth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as the Sixth Doctor, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, Mark Strickson as Turlough and Janet Fielding as Tegan. 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 the third in a trilogy of adventures for the Fifth Doctor and this particular TARDIS crew of an older Nyssa teamed with Turlough and Tegan set somewhere after Enlightenment. I have to say that I thoroughly disliked their first trilogy (Cobwebs, The Whispering Forest and Cradle of the Snake), mainly due to the presence of the ever annoying Tegan. I ummed and aahhed quite a bit before buying this trilogy, the first time that I have seriously considered not getting a BF main range release. The first two stories in the trilogy (Heroes of Sontar and Kiss of Death) have little to recommend them, I had hoped for something better here. Once again I was disappointed.

This is a real mess of a story. The Doctor and his crew land the TARDIS in some tunnels, which are infested with surprisingly intelligent rats, some civil servants and a couple of urban explorers. Another story set in tunnels? Just like the previous release Kiss Of Death? I feel that BF could have tried to mix it up a bit. What follows is a standard runaround. The story strains to find interesting things for the four leads to do, and largely fails. The human extras are mere indistinguishable ciphers. By the end of the second episode I had totally lost track of who was who, and I really didn't care enough to try and work it out. The only exception is a typically excellent performance from the ever reliable Terry Molloy. Then there is the issue of the sound production. In all three adventures in this trilogy, the alien/monster/adversary has been subjected to a terrible sound production that makes them unintelligible. Here the rat voices are awful. I was listening to this in the car and could not make out a word they were saying. Later, listening through earphones I still found it impossible to decipher what they were saying. A lot of effort went into the production of the voices according to the interviews at the end, they really shouldn't have bothered.

It's a tedious runaround, with poor production and spreads itself too thinly around too many principles. As the TV show in Davison's era proved, the maximum number of companions is two for an effective story. And these two terrible trilogies have just reinforced that opinion. 1 star for this story. I only hope that BF rethink what they are doing with the Fifth Doctor soon, if I were Peter Davison I would be a bit unhappy at the quality of these stories, especially given the excellent stories being produced for the other Doctors around the same time. He obviously works hard and does his best to keep it afloat, but there is too much here weighing it down. It's a pity; Davison is one of my favourite Doctors.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ho-hum welcome to the rat race, 19 Jun 2012
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A distinctly average and below-par effort from Big Finish - something I haven't found myself saying for some years. The way the modified rats communicate is very grating, whilst The Doctor is hardly involved and at least two of his three companions are pretty much sidelined for the whole shebang. Script Editor Alan Barnes talks enthusiastically enough on the CD extras at the end of disc 2, and the accompanying remarks from actors Mark Strickson and Sarah Sutton show their belief in the end result, however I am sure that most regular fans will be disappointed - and may also find themselves noticing similarities between this story and 2010 TV serial 'Victory of the Daleks...'
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