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5.0 out of 5 stars A game of SPOILERS, 1 Oct 2012
Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Gods and Monsters (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who audio story. Featuring Sylvester Mccoy as the Doctor. Along with Sophie Aldred and Philip Olivier as his companions Ace and Hex.

It runs for four episodes. And is complete on two cds. The episodes vary in length from twenty five to thirty five minutes [approx].

Have you seen all of the Seventh Doctor's tv stories? [Regardless of what you thought of them].

Have you heard all the audios listed in my reply to the comment on my review of Black and White (Doctor Who)?

If you're reading this then your answer to question one will doubtless be yes.

But if your answer to question two is no, then go no further. And don't listen to this story either till your answer is yes. You'll thank me for it.

Because this one is the culmination of story arcs that go back a long long way, and you will get far more out of it if you are familiar will all those stories I've mentioned.

You may not even want to look at the back and front cover of the box of this one till you've heard Black and White's final scene. You'll thank me for that as well.

If you did answer yes/yes, then read on:

This story picks up right from where the very final scene of black and white ended. And then continues right on. With more for the two characters who were in that moment.

Guest actor John Standing, playing a character introduced in that scene, makes for an utterly superb villain with a mesmerisingly good performance. He and Sylvester Mccoy have some excellent scenes together.

Meantime, the Doctor's companions have arrived on the scene as well. Prepared to fight to save the day. But not for the very strange world in which they find themselves.

You may not notice the length of the episodes here [even though the third episode is ten minutes shorter than the last one] becase this is an enthralling listen. With a story that doesn't let up for a moment and has some astonishing twists and turns. All of which pull in continuity from audios that have gone before. And other sources also. You'll know what I mean when you hear it.

There are amazing surprises, which make you look at events in previous audios in a totally different manner.

And it is so rooted in it's tv era also [in a good way!] because it remembers the time period Ace comes from and firmly grounds her in that with references that are much of the time.

Ace did get a little bit annoying in Black and White because she got rather jealous. And there are moments in here which continue in that vein. But there are moments when she stops yelling insults and throwing nitro 9 and those are excellent, really giving Sophie Aldred some strong material that she responds to very well.

It's also very much about the Doctor's companions and the faith they have in him. And some of them find their faith goes through a lot in this.

The ending of part four is not one you will forget in a hurry. And a superb way to bring some long running plots to a close.

But one thing does remain tantalisingly unresolved at the end...

Also do listen beyond the end credits of part four. For a very final scene.

A great way to wrap up this trilogy - and all that's come before. And it's done in a way that will make you desperate to find what the future holds for this version of the Doctor on audio. This is not a story for the casual listener, but for those who follow the range, it's a very rewarding experience.

There is nine minutes [approx] of music from the story on the last two tracks of disc one.

A trailer for the next release in this range after the end of the above mentioned scene on disc two.

And just under fifteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the two tracks after that. Which do offer some very interesting insights into how all this was put together in terms of tying up all the continuity, so they're well worth a listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now We Play The Game Again Doctor, 30 May 2014
Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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CD Info.
4 episodes.
Running time 120 minutes approx.

Behind the scenes interviews.
Incidental score.

1)Again Big Finish released a fake cd cover to conceal Fenrics returns with a Satellite dish in place of the Haemovores on the fake sleeve.
2)The Doctor suspected Fenrics return during audio adventure The Magic Mousetrap.
3)Weyland claims to have directly influenced the creation of the Forge & manipulated the lives of all it's personnel.
4)Fenric tells the Doctor he had another companion in mind for him a Welsh girl on a motorcycle named Ray, This is a in joke as at the time the character of Ray from Delta & The Bannermen was being considered as the Doctors next companion.
5)Stay tuned theres a post credit scene at the end of this audio adventure.

Plot Synopsis.
Ace, Hex, Sally & Captain Aristedes race to save the Seventh Doctor from the clutches of Fenric as each companion will face there darkest fears & wont all survive to tell the tale.

As for the Doctor?, He's about to play the game yet again with the mysterious Fenric the destroyer of worlds as the odds are seemingly stacked against him can the Doctor use cunning & trickery to end Fenrics deadly games once & for all.

Timelord Thoughts.
One of my favourite Seventh Doctor Who tv story's is The Curse Of Fenric so having the character return for a Big Finish audio made me think would this story deliver a quality audio adventure to do the character justice?

I needn't have worried as writer Mike Maddox has written a tightly written intriguing audio adventures showcasing the cunning personality of the Doctors Seventh incarnation superbly.

Sylvester McCoy returns to full Timelord duties here giving an enigmatic performance as the Doctor yet shows doubts about going up against one of tbe Doctor's most deadliest advisories in Fenric played with charm & great relish by John Standing.

Sophie Aldred, Phillip Oliver again add depth to there characters Ace & Hex as this duo have really shined continually in this trilogy & both given excellent performances thoughout the entire trilogy.

While Captain Aristedes & Private Sally Morgan add weight to there two great supporting characters roles as one feels a spin off series in on the horizon for this duo.

Writer Mike Maddox has delivered an epic finale to this trilogy & gives the listener a gut punch cliffhanger that will no doubt have serious ramifications for the Doctor's actions in Matt Fittons Afterlife which follows directly on from this audio adventure.

Overall a tense & gripping enjoyable finale to a wonderful trilogy of Seventh Doctor audio adventures.

Timelord Rating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gods and Monsters - My name’s Ace. I’m from a dysfunctional family and I cope by blowing things up!, 8 April 2014
Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is the hundred and sixty fourth 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.

This is a cracking release, but one for serious fans and not for beginners. It brings together plot strands that have been running (intentionally and unintentionally) since Sylvester McCoy’s third TV season s the Doctor. That’s stretching back some way! There are so many references to past adventures that, as I said, you need to be a hard core fan to get half of what is going on.

This follows on from Black and White, where the Doctor is missing and Ace, Sally, Lysandra and Hex are searching for him. Using Weyland’s Sheild they are transported to a strange flat world that looks a lot like a chessboard. What follows is a stonkingly good tale in which the Doctor’s recent schemes are revealed, along with the schemes of an old foe. It turns out that not only has the Doctor been manipulating things, but so have several of his old enemies and as a result at least one of his companions has had a rough time of it. And it’s only going to get worse.

I can’t begin to summarise the plot without giving too much away. Let’s just say that for long term fans of the show, such as myself, this is a very pleasing story that delivers lot’s of continuity, explores the character of McCoy’s Doctor and takes it to a new level and finally gives an absolutely explosive ending that will have you in tears and on the edge of your seat. Ace and Hex have never been better, and each in their own way show themselves to be perfect companions here.

It’s a real fan pleaser, 5 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, 14 April 2013
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Good cast etc and great story! A sort of follow-on from The Curse Of Fenric! Hex was a cool companion!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gods and Monsters, 7 Sep 2013
R. Thomas "unreadable" (S Wales) - See all my reviews
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Gods and Monsters is the finale of a number of Big Finish 7th Doctor, Ace and Hex stories and has the feel of a modern day end of season tv finale. Characters and plot developments from recent stories appear and are suitably intertwined into the story. Its hard to judge this story on its own merit as I not only give it 5 stars I give the stories running up to it 5 stars, although a firm warning do not listen to this story without listening to those stories as you wont get the full benefit of this densely plotted story.
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