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5.0 out of 5 stars Tempestuous
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October, 1930. His Majesty's Airship, the R101, sets off on her maiden voyage to the farthest-flung reaches of the British Empire, carrying the brightest lights of the Imperial fleet as well as the hopes and dreams of a breathless nation.
Not to mention a ruthless spy with a top-secret mission, a mysterious passenger who appears nowhere on the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but flawed re-introduction for the Eighth Doctor
"October, 1930. His Majesty's Airship, the R101, sets off on her maiden voyage to the farthest-flung reaches of the British Empire, carrying the brightest lights of the Imperial fleet. Carrying the hopes and dreams of a breathless nation.
"Not to mention a ruthless spy with a top-secret mission, a mysterious passenger who appears nowhere on the crew list, a...
Published on 11 April 2006 by M. Wilberforce


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5.0 out of 5 stars Tempestuous, 19 May 2009
This review is from: Storm Warning (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
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October, 1930. His Majesty's Airship, the R101, sets off on her maiden voyage to the farthest-flung reaches of the British Empire, carrying the brightest lights of the Imperial fleet as well as the hopes and dreams of a breathless nation.
Not to mention a ruthless spy with a top-secret mission, a mysterious passenger who appears nowhere on the crew list, a would-be adventuress destined for the Singapore Hilton... and a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey.
There's a storm coming. There's something unspeakable, something with wings, crawling across the stern. Thousands of feet high in the blackening sky, the crew of the R101 brace themselves. When the storm breaks, their lives won't be all that's at stake...
The future of the galaxy will be hanging by a thread.

Notable for being the audio story that introduced long-serving companion, 'Edwardian adventuress' Charley Pollard; this is a cracking story with strong performances from Paul McGann (The Eighth Doctor), India Fisher (Charley) and Gareth Thomas (Lord Tamworth). The 'Vortisaurs' could make superb television monsters in the right hands, and the Time Loop idea, although not a new one, is handled well by director Gary Russell. Good story, competitive price on here; essential listening if you want to make sense of any future Eighth Doctor audios.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Theres a storm coming..., 18 Feb 2009
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Tim Allan (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Storm Warning (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
So here it is. Paul Mcgann plays the Doctor for the first time since the TV movie, and in a story which puts the movie to shame.

The setting of the doomed R101 airship is brilliant and the actors all put in first class perforrmances. The aliens in this story are very easy to imagine and Alan Barnes writing gives the Triskeli real character rather than the generic cannon fodder sometimes used in the TV series. Credit must also be givin to the designer of he cover which manages to be both 1930s esque whilst also being very dak.

The ending leaves the series open to an intriguing dillemma for the Doctor over his new companion Charley (One which will have far reaching consequences in future 8th Doctor audios).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine reintroduction for Paul McGann's Doctor!, 28 Feb 2005
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Mr. D. Harris "duncle" (Bath, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Storm Warning (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is where it all (re)starts! Regardless of the 'big' 8th Doctor series arc that followed, this particular audio play returns us to the original idea of the series and gives us a fun romp through history with a bit of drama and light relief thrown in. The new companion is okay but it's McGann himself who sets the tone.
The only reason I haven't awarded a full 5 stars is that the play sags badly in episode three when the plot is explained in interminable, and pointless, detail. Sometimes adding alien races and mad plans actually detracts from Doctor Who rather than adding to it. Shame really.
Otherwise, welcome back Paul, it's about time...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beware The Oncoming Storm as Doctor Who gets a bit Darker!, 24 Nov 2008
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Set in October 1930, on his majesty's airship the R101, this story is based loosely on real events surrounding the fate of the aircraft. It makes for a gripping audio drama that doesn't disappoint.

The story re-introduces Paul McGanns doctor, and does so in a fitting manner, he has everything you could ask for in a doctor, and is the last of the traditional doctors, before eccleston and his weaker timelord persona took over. So there is no 'Oh My God, You're AMAZING! and so am I!' balderdash that seriously undermines the credibility of the current writing team.

McGann's doctor is well known having a bit more of an edge to him than any of the other doctor's and this story highlights why. Without saying too much, you find out on the second disc.

There is some really good characterisation and dialogue in this play, that entertains from start to finish, not to mention the obvious chemistry between Paul McGann and India Fisher. Also Gareth Thomas from Blakes 7 plays a role, but i didn't really like Blakes 7 anyway...

...This play is well worth a listen, especially if you're a fan of historical-who.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No Warning Necessary, 9 Aug 2004
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Andrew Kyle "Fangg" (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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I am an avid Who fan that, for a long while now, has been sceptical of getting one of these Audio Dramas, fearing they would try and do something wrong with the classic Who formula. However, i took the plunge with Storm Warning. If i didn't like it, at least i could say i'd tried the Audio path.
I'll skip straight to the point: this was brilliant. The opening sequence in the TARDIS with Paul McGann immediately cleared the clouds on whether i would take to the purely audio situation and when the story really gets going i was hooked. McGann is excellent - bringing a new Doctor to light despite only one TV movie of screen time. He is instantly Who with new witticisms and a new enthusiasm for the role. The plot of the story itself - which i knew nothing of, discovering the hard way that blurbs ruin plot twists all too often. Don't worry - not on this CD. Everything that happens takes your breath away and the imagination involved is spectacular. This is a real treat. As is the voice cast. The new companion fits it like a glove, voiced enthusiastically by India Fisher, and the guest voice is a dream. Gareth Thomas, of Blake's 7, finally gets to be in Doctor Who and he is brilliant. Exclamation mark. I cannot recommend this one higher. Its a great place to start if you're unsure either of the Eight Doctor or of audio dramas in general.
Additional: the audio allows the imagination to create all manner of things to make it just that little more personal. Eg - just what does a Vortesaur look like? Its up to you.
I only give this four stars because its the first one i've ever attempted. Perhaps the others are better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars he's back. In style, 20 July 2006
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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The first audio story that Paul McGann did, just when we thought the TV movie would be his only ever go at the role, this is the perfect beginning for the eighth doctor audio range. Landing on the R101 during the doomed maiden voyage of the airship, and teaming up with edwardian adventuress charlotte 'charley' pollard who swiftly becomes the doctor's travelling companion, this is a great story that would have worked well on television.

The two leads are superb, and get great support from gareth thomas as the air minister. Although there's a lot of exposition in episode three the events of part four make up for this, and are quietly moving at times.

If something at the end doesn't quite make sense when you first hear it, be aware that it's the beginning of a story arc that will develop in due course.

Still one of the the best eighth doctor stories and well worth getting
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eighth Doctor Returns On Audio, 6 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Storm Warning (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
CD Info.
2xCD, 4 part story, 115 minutes, Trailer.

Trivia.
1)This is the first Eighth Doctor Audio Adventure but wasn't the first to be actually recorded that was The Stone's Of Venice.
2)Gareth Thomas is better known as Blake in the cult sci-fi series Blakes 7 which has recently become a audio range of Big Finish productions.
3)India Fisher is the narrator of BBC1's Masterchef.
4)Ramsay the Vortisaur stays abord the Tardis until Minuet In Hell.

Synopsis.
30 October & Her Majestys new Airship the R101 is heading off on her maiden voyage travelling to the furthest-flung reaches of the British Empire as she carrys with her all the hopes & dreams of a British nation.

Aboard the Airship there is a Blue Police Box that has recently arrived on board the R101 inside this blue capsule is a man a Timelord known as the Doctor from the planet Gallifrey.

But just what is the mysterious Doctor doing on board the R101? Could it be to do with there being a ruthless spy onboard on a top secret mission? or could there be a link here with another passenger whom has sneaked on-board the R101 a Miss Charlotte (Charley) Pollard?

There is a storm approaching & with it a unspeakable creature with wings crawling across the stern of the Airship, As the storm breaks & hits the R101 the lives of the passengers & crew won't be all that's at stake as the future of the universe is soon going to be hanging by a thread with only the Doctor to correct it but will he succeed?

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a excellent written audio drama by Alan Barnes who set's up the Eighth Doctor characteristics in his very first audio adventure.

The story is well paced & delivers an Intriguing story which introduces us to the Eighth Doctor's compainion Charley Pollard played wonderfully by India Fisher.

Paul McGann is outstanding as the Eighth Doctor, Instantly likeable & genuinely believable McGann delivers a incarnation with the childlike enjoyment of adventure & travelling whom sees the universe more optimistic than his previous Seventh incarnation.

Paul McGanns performance sadly reminds us that we were robbed of a great actor to play the Doctor on tv as McGann surely would've been one of the best Doctors ever & his performances on audio & most recently the mini tv episode Night Of The Doctor proved McGann play's the part effortlessly & delivers remarkable performances time & time again.

This is a great introduction to the Eighth Doctor on audio added with the high quality production values of Big Finish wth it's atmospheric sound effects & music makes this a essential purchase for Doctor Who fan's & audiobook listener's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Return of the 8th Doctor, 14 Oct 2012
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Mr. R. W. Graham (Lincoln, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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Poor Paul McGann. Only the one mediocre tv movie though he made an excellent Doctor and deserved a lot more. I had been hearing good things about these audios and while I am a huge Doctor Who fan I had only recently decided to take the plunge and try the audio releases originally thinking they wouldn't be as good as the tv show. Turned out they are every bit as good as this, the 8th Doctor's first audio appearance is a good debut and restart for the character with McGann proving to be an excellent Doctor. The drama is set in 1930 aboard an airship making it's first flight and there are 2 stowaways. An Edwardian woman posing as a steward who ends up becoming The Doctor's latest companion and The Doctor. There is also a mysterious passenger and sightings of monsters as a violent storm approaches. India Fisher turns out to be a pretty good companion and it would be nice to see both her and the 8th Doctor turn up on tv alongside Matt Smith's Doctor for a team up and the rest of the cast which includes Blake's 7 star Gareth Thomas is good too. It's a good start for the 8th Doctor who deserved a proper tv series and this is the closest we will probably get to one. These are the stories I feel the BBC should have made after the tv movie flopped in America but did well in the ratings in the UK.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Storm Warning - Welcome to the Doctor who never was!, 13 Mar 2012
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is the sixteenth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Paul McGann as Eight and India Fisher as Charlie Pollard. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some notes from the author.

This was a really welcome development in the Big Finish range for me, introducing us to the Doctor who never was, and showing just what great things might have happened had the TV execs been a bit more trusting. Coming just over a year since their first release, Big Finish already had a strong record of delivering interesting stories for old doctors, and new takes on old villains. But here they had the opportunity to do something really special. With almost nothing to go on from his all too brief TV movie appearance, Big Finish and McGann were faced with the task of creating a characterisation almost totally from scratch. And wow! What a job they did. McGann grabs the opportunity with both hands, giving us a character that has elements of past Doctors but with his own stamp of youthful enthusiasm and a sense of fun and wonder at the universe. It's thoroughly entertaining.

After a brief teaser that introduces us nicely to the character of Eight, he finds himself roaming around the airship R101, seemingly unerringly drawn towards trouble in the form of a fake steward and a passenger who is rather special indeed. The story proceeds at a brisk pace as the Doctor gets sucked into an adventure involving the mysterious passenger and some secret squirrel military types who seem to think the R101 is on a top secret and important mission rather than just a run of the mill maiden voyage to Karachi. As others have noted, the story sags a little in part three, with some clumsy exposition, but picks up again in part four for a rip roaring ending and the set up of a problem that will come back to haunt the Doctor in later adventures.

Every Doctor needs a companion, and here India Fisher steps up to the plate as Edwardian adventuress Charlotte Pollard (Charlie to her friends). It was a bit of a surprise to me hearing her, as I have heard her so often doing the voice-over for Masterchef! She delivers a really great companion, full of spirit and over later releases her pairing with McGann has become one of my favourite Doctor/Companion duos.

4 stars. It would have been five apart from the slightly saggy third episode. And better was yet to come with the following release, the Sword of Orion.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but flawed re-introduction for the Eighth Doctor, 11 April 2006
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M. Wilberforce "mwilberforce" (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Storm Warning (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
"October, 1930. His Majesty's Airship, the R101, sets off on her maiden voyage to the farthest-flung reaches of the British Empire, carrying the brightest lights of the Imperial fleet. Carrying the hopes and dreams of a breathless nation.
"Not to mention a ruthless spy with a top-secret mission, a mysterious passenger who appears nowhere on the crew list, a would-be adventuress destined for the Singapore Hilton... and a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey.
"There's a storm coming. There's something unspeakable, something with wings, crawling across the stern. Thousands of feet high in the blackening sky, the crew of the R101 brace themselves. When the storm breaks, their lives won't be all that's at stake...
"The future of the galaxy will be hanging by a thread."
Alan Barnes' Storm Warning is the first of the Big Finish Audio series to feature the Eighth Doctor, played impeccably by Paul McGann. The story begins with a brief teaser scene, during which the lone Time Lord finds himself in a situation of some peril, before catapulting into the main story with an energetic new version of the Doctor Who theme tune.
The airship of Storm Warning is populated by a variety of characters including companion-to-be Charley Pollard, played by India Fisher, and the very British Lord Tamworth, played with a Colin Baker-esque inonation by Gareth Thomas. Also on board is the British intelligence agent Rathbone, played with a very peculiar accent by Barnaby Edwards, and his mysterious passenger voiced by Helen Goldwyn. As ever with the Big Finish series, the voice performances are good, particularly the excellent Paul McGann. Helen Goldwyn's voice is distorted in a variety of ways over the course of the story to represent different facets of the Triskele; this is less successful, and becomes somewhat irritating after a while.
The setting of the story, however, is intriguing, with the ensemble cast confined to the interior of the Edwardian airship, which incidentally has very good sound design. Unfortunately, the plot changes direction during episode three, and the script and the story in general sag very badly around that point. The story redeemed itself somewhat in the highly enjoyable fourth episode, which incorporates enough twists and turns to keep the story involving (even including a fight scene, surely a challenge given the audio medium), but one is left with the slightly bitter feeling caused by the weak third episode and an excess of exposition. The final minutes of the story leave the series open for an ongoing story arc, and it remains to be seen how well this will be followed up.
Overall, an intriguing first entry into the Eighth Doctor series of Big Finish Audio adventures, even if I'm not without my criticisms, and I look forward to hearing more.
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