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4.0 out of 5 stars The plants of peril
Down the years, many stories have been written for Doctor Who that, for various reasons, didn't make it to the tv screen.

Now, thanks to Big Finish adapting some of them to audio, we can hear what might have been.

The Rosemariners features the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe. It was originally written by Donald Tosh. Who had a somewhat stressful time as...
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK
Nothing spectacular here.all in allI couldn't really get into killer roses though! Now Krynoids are another matter! Average when all's said and done!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The plants of peril, 12 Nov 2012
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This review is from: The Rosemariners (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
Down the years, many stories have been written for Doctor Who that, for various reasons, didn't make it to the tv screen.

Now, thanks to Big Finish adapting some of them to audio, we can hear what might have been.

The Rosemariners features the Second Doctor, Jamie and Zoe. It was originally written by Donald Tosh. Who had a somewhat stressful time as script editor on the show back in William Hartnell's third year. At the time he submitted this story, other commitments interfered and prevented him from carrying all the way through. But now, decades later, he's adapted the story for cd.

It sees the TARDIS land on a space station which has been used as a research base. It's now being closed down, and only one crewmember still remains. The closure is being supervised an alien being called Rugosa. Commander of a group of beings called the Rosemariners. He seems to have an agenda. And strange and terrible things are happening.

Can the Doctor find the secret of the Rosemariners and the strange plants that are there? Because the whole universe is in danger...

This adopts the format of other lost story cd's from the first and second doctor eras, in that it's a talking book with a lot of narration but that certain scenes are performed by actors. Fraser Hines [Jamie] and Wendy Padbury [Zoe] share the narration duties. You quickly get used to hwo it switches back and forth between them. And they also reprise their roles when it comes to dialogue. And do the voices of other characters. As anyone who has heard other cd's in which Fraser Hines has done the voice of the second doctor will know, his take on the character is amazing, as he sounds just like Patrick Troughton.

Guest voices come from David Warner as Professor Biggs, the remaining crew member, and Clive Wood [Roman commander in the two part season finale of Matt Smith's first season as the Doctor on tv] as Rugosa. David Warner is typically excellent. But Clive Wood is absolutely superb, having a fantastic voice that really suits his character.

The story runs for four parts, each roughly thirty minutes in duration [and is spread over two cds]. Being that it is set in a closed environment with a small cast of characters, it does feel so very much in keeping with it's era. But it does take a little while to click, given that the first three episodes feature precious little action, and lots of talking. Although there are some superbly creepy moments.

There's a lot of plot elements and you do have to work a little to get into this one. But it does come together very nicely in the final part, with some excellent set pieces - action and otherwise - and some good resolutions of all the various plot strands. The final scene is also well in keeping with it's era and should leave you with a smile on your face.

It's not quite the best lost story, but it is slightly above average. And worth a listen.

Given that this is the last story of the current batch of these [there will be more in due course], there's no trailer for any future stories on here. The only extra is just over twelve minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the final track of the second cd.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious & Enjoyable Second Doctor Lost Story Adventure, 28 Oct 2013
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Positive.
Frazer Hines excellent interpretation of the late Patrick Troughton.
A very intriguing script by Donald Tosh.
David Warner is becoming Big Finishes main guest actor & delivers one of those great performances here.
Clive Wood genuinely creepy tones add chills to the character of Rugosa the Rosemarnier.

Negative.
Bit off pace here or there but nothing huge to complain about.

Trivia.
David Warner is fast becoming the go to guy as he's now done several Big Finish Audios, From playing the Doctor twice in the Unbound series, To The Children Of Seth, 4 episodes of Fourth Doctor Adventures series 2 add this audio adventure & appearing in series 7 episode Cold War.

Audio Info, This is a 4 part adventure on 2 CDS running time 120 minutes with extras including a trailer, Incidental music & Behind the scenes interviews.

Review.
The Doctor, Jamie & Zoey land on an all but abandoned space station named Earth 454 were the station has now been turned into a medical base for Botanical reserach.

The only resident on the abandoned station is Xeno Botanist Professor Arnold Biggs.

Helping to evacuate the Base is a Alien called Rugosa a Rosemariner but is he all he appears to be?

Strange & mysterious event's are taking place on the base, Event's that are unexplainable, But could this have anything to do with Rugosa or are the plants having a strange effect on there recent strange happenings inside the base & what is the mystery of the Roses?

The Doctor, Jamie & Zoey with Help from Professor Biggs try to solve the mystery of who exactly are the Rosemariners & there true intentions as the universe is once again in great peril.

This is the typical second Doctor Base under siege adventure set on a abandoned soace station, Not the most original set up but this is a superb well told story written & adapted my Donald Tosh.

Originally meant for tv but now adapted for audio this is a great lost adventure that is intriguing adding to the mystery.

Frazer Hines captures the mannerisms of second Doctor Patrick Troughton perfectly & also reprises his role as Jamie.

The narration is split between Frazer Hines & Wendy Padbury here playing Zoey whom is also very good & doesn't come across as a smart alec like her performance on the tv series.

David Warner is excellent as Professor Arnold Biggs whom brings his acting experience to the fold here & delivers another great audio performance.

Rounding things off is Clive Wood as Rugosa whos creepy tones adds a layer of chilling intrigue to the Rosemariner.

Pacing is a little slow here & there but this is a minor quibble to an otherwise excellent lost story adventure released on audio at long last.

Recommended to fan's of The Second Doctor era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rosemariners, 6 Jun 2013
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This is another in the excellent Lost Stories series, stories from earlier Doctor eras which never made it to the small screen, here recreated, and voiced mainly by one or two characters from the original era, together with guest stars. In this story, Frazer Hines as Jamie, and Wendy Padbury as Zoe are in a story with the Second Doctor (admirably voiced by Frazer Hines). The Tardis lands rather unexpectedly after Jamie fiddles with some controls, and the crew find themselves on an Earth satellite, Earth Station 454 which is being closed down. They find themselves alone, apart from xeno-botanist Professor Arnold Biggs. But what do the Rosemariners really want? And is Commander Rugosa really the good guy?

This is a great Second Doctor story, and as with all winners in this series, you can really `see' the action taking place as it would have on the small screen if the story had made it into the classic series. This is, to me, the key to these older `classic era' stories - that they feel `real' to the era and the Doctor to which they relate. And this is a winner. The story itself has its twists and turns, and Jamie and Zoe are great in their roles. The Doctor is wonderfully portrayed in this story, and brilliantly voiced (and characterised) by Frazer Hines who obviously clearly remembers the mannerisms of his old friend Patrick Troughton and brings them to life in this.

The guests, David Warner as Arnold Biggs and Clive Wood as Rugosa are great. Rugosa's voice is wonderfully portrayed, and you can picture his larger than life form as the Rosemariner. The story has just the right amount of humour, Doctor Who canonicity (is that a word?), tension, aliens, Earth futuristic sci-fi. Great stuff; totally recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, 14 April 2013
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Nothing spectacular here.all in allI couldn't really get into killer roses though! Now Krynoids are another matter! Average when all's said and done!
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