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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a legend
Latest Doctor Who audio story. This one is the second in the latest trilogy of them to feature the Seventh Doctor, along with his companions Ace and Hex.

It follows directly on from the ending of the first in the trilogy Protect and Survive (Doctor Who).

Those who haven't heard that story should stop reading right now and go to the reviews of that...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Black And White - You can only get the measure of a man from the stories that are told of him
This is the hundred and sixty third 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,...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Plot That Delivers Many Twists & Turns, 30 May 2014
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This review is from: Black and White (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
CD Info.
2xCD.
4 episodes.
Running time 120 minutes approx.

Extras.
Trailer for Gods & Monsters.
Behind the scenes interviews.
Incidental score.

Trivia.
1)An fake alternative cover was originally released to hide the appearances of Captain Aristedes & Private Sally Morgan who appear in this story.
2)Captain Aristedes first appeared in Project Destiny while Sally Morgan debut was House Of Blue Fire.
3)Stuart Milligan appeared as President Richard Nixon in series 6 NuWho episode's The Impossible Astronaut/Day Of The Moon.
4)The exterior of the Tardis has been white since audio adventure The Angel Of Scutari.
5)Stuart Milligan reprises his role of Garundel in Seventh Doctor audio adventure Starlight Robbery.

Plot Synopsis.
As the search for the Seventh Doctor continues the black Tardis brings Ace & Captain Aristedes to the Anglo Saxon time of the Danes were a young warrior named Beowulf intends to rid the kingdom of a cruel terrifying demon named Hrothgar while the white Tardis takes Hex & Sally to the same location but 16 years in the future.

But whats written down in black & white isn't always the truth as the Doctor knows only to well & soon so will his companions.

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer Matt Fitton once again has written a tightly paced Intriguing script that combines the threads from Protect & Survive & evolves the story into a unique mytery of the black & white Tardises.

Sylvester McCoy once again take more of a back seat on this audio adventure yet his incarnations presence is very much felt throughout this story & it's surroundings due to the umbrella mans dark devious nature that McCoy plays so well.

Credit also to actor's Sophie Aldred & Phillip Oliver as Ace & Hex who have carried the weight of this trilogy arc on there shoulders & there performances don't disappoint & haven't diminished in quality.

Maggie O Neil is brilliant casting reprising the enigmatic Captain Aristedes from Project Destiny while the beautiful Amy Pemberton returns as Sally Morgan shares a great chemistry with Hex.

This isn't a,story that's listenable without having heard Protect & Survive due to it's linking themes but anyone wanting a Intriguing Doctor Who adventure will find much to enjoy here from the excellent performances of the cast & the wonderful sound effects by Big Finish whom create another worldly environment.

Overall Black & White explains more detail about the black & white Tardises as once again writer Matt Fitton weaves the plot strands together who's middle part of the trilogy set's up Gods & Monsters & is another quality Doctor Who release by Big Finish productions.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars Black And White - You can only get the measure of a man from the stories that are told of him, 8 April 2014
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This review is from: Black and White (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the hundred and sixty third 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 events of the excellent trilogy opener, Protect and Survive’, this adventure finds Ace, Hex, Lysandra and Sally searching for the Doctor. The ongoing thread of the black and white TARDIS’s is resolved and the presence of Sally and Lysandra explained. The four head back to the time of Beowulf, as the Doctor was studying the story when he vanished. Soon they are tangled up in the legend of Beowulf in two different time periods, two of them at the time of his defeat of Grendel and two of them at the time of his final tale. The authors give a somewhat different explanation for Beowulf’s exploits, and have a little fun with the power of words and spin doctors.

This is a tale with many good and bad points. On the plus side, Beowulf is a great character, and he lives up to the legend. The four companions have well portrayed adn interesting relationships, and the bickering between a jealous Ace and Lysandra is a bonus. On the down side, the exposition of the back story as Lysandra and Sally are introduced is clunky to saythe least, the alien threat surrounding Beowulf isn’t very well done and Garundel, whilst a good character, is totally out of place here and one feels would be better placed in a lighter tale.

A very mixed bag, not easy to get into unless you have been following the Seventh Doctor adventures since Project: Destiny, clunky, but with a great central hero (Beowulf) and some good moments for the four companions. 3 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a legend, 4 Sep 2012
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Black and White (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who audio story. This one is the second in the latest trilogy of them to feature the Seventh Doctor, along with his companions Ace and Hex.

It follows directly on from the ending of the first in the trilogy Protect and Survive (Doctor Who).

Those who haven't heard that story should stop reading right now and go to the reviews of that. Because this trilogy is pulling together years worth of long running plot strands, so if you haven't heard protect and survive [plus a fair few of the Seventh Doctor stories that came before it] you will not have a hope of getting into this one.

But if you have heard those, read on.

This story runs for four episodes. Spread over two cd's.

And, as mentioned, continues the story on from the cliffhanger ending to protect and survive. Which does get a brief reprise.

It's not an easy story to review without spoilers.

The first two episodes involve the Doctor's companions trying to find him. They have some great character moments and form some interesting dynamics. Although Ace spends a lot of the story being rather jealous, which does get annoying. The scenes Hex has in these early parts though are great.

More answers as to the mysteries of the bigger storyline that's being presented here are slowly revealed - and they will make you see some earlier stories in a whole new light.

Then the hunt for the Doctor takes the companions back to Europe of long ago. On the track of Beowulf. Every story and legend have an origin. And the TARDIS crew are about to discover the surprising truth about this one.

But will they also find the Doctor?

Once in europe doing the above, this does turn into a more conventional story for a while. And with groups of characters separated and the narrative constantly jumping between them, it does demand a lot of concentration. But this plot strand is ultimately pretty good and does manage to be very moving as well. There's an interesting villain who does have one great line that should make you laugh out loud.

Once all that is resolved the bigger story moves up to another level. As more answers appear and there's a terrific cliffhanger.

But do keep listening, because there is a scene after the credits of part four. Which is even better.

As with protect and survive this gets around Sylvester Mccoy's restricted availability very well. The middle of the story isn't quite as compelling as the beginning. But it does manage to be a decent tale in it's own right and to develop the bigger story of this trilogy very nicely.

A trailer for the final part Gods and Monsters (Doctor Who) is on disc two on the track after the end of part four.

There's fourteen minutes [approx] of music from the story on the final track of disc one.

And twelve minutes [approx] of interviews with cast and crew on the final track of disc two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent layered story, 29 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Black and White (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the story that (almost) explains what has been happening to the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Hex for years. It explains the origin of the black TARDIS and turns the white TARDIS blue. We also cross over into the Forge / alternate companions of Lysandra and Sally Morgan.

Following the excellent Protect and Survive and leading to the remarkable Gods and Monsters this is another good piece by Matt Fitton (also wrote for Counter Measures and has a Companion Chronicle coming up).

This should be on the must listen list for any Doctor Who audio fan
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