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5.0 out of 5 stars A great character-piece with an almost mythic feel, 9 May 2006
M. Wilberforce "mwilberforce" (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Loups-Garoux (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
"Germany, 1589: the townspeople of Cologne pronounce a sentence of death on a mass-murderer who has stalked the countryside in the guise of a ferocious wolf.

"Russia, 1812: retreating from Napoleon's invading forces, a merchant's daughter is rescued from bandits by a handsome partisan with a ravenous appetite.

"Brazil, 2080: the Doctor and Turlough arrive for the Rio de Janeiro carnival.

"Is wealthy heiress Ileana de Santos all that she seems? What sinister ailment afflicts her invalid son, tended by the mysterious Dr Hayashi? And who exactly is Rosa, engaged on a secret quest to fulfil the destiny of her extinct tribe?

"Time is running out for Rosa, Ileana and the Doctor, as the fearsome shadow of an ancient werewolf moves ever closer..."

So... Loups-Garoux, from the pen of Ghost Light author Marc Platt, is my first five out of five given to a Big Finish story. Why? I'm not exactly sure, but there's something about the story that just hangs together perfectly and feels right. Maybe it's the intelligent script and the slightly mythic feel of the whole thing, maybe it's the performances of the cast, or maybe it's the humanity attributed to both the Doctor and Turlough. I'm not sure.

Episode one opens with what sounds at first to be an answerphone message. Set to gentle guitar music, a desparate but quietly resolved American girl leaves what sounds like a final farewell message to her grandpa. Something is coming for her, and she can't escape it. So is set the tone of the story, but it isn't until episode three that we really find out who this mysterious girl is and what role she will play in the chain of events.

In the Loups-Garoux, meanwhile, Platt creates a vicious but somehow noble race of wolf people whose society revolves around the glory and rush of the kill. At first they are on the run, led by the quietly dignified Ileana, from the mysterious Grey One - but over the course of the story, we observe Ileana's plans unravel and she becomes increasingly desparate as the wolves begin to turn on her and almost giving in to her inner beast on more than one occasion.

Alongside the well developed supporting characters and events, we find the Doctor and Turlough, in over their heads but muddling through as usual. Peter Davison's Doctor acts with quiet courage true to his television incarnation, whilst Turlough is bang on character, wanting to help but constantly on the run from his own personal demons. The hints at near-romance for both characters add depth to the story and increase our sympathy for all involved.

All in all, Loups-Garoux is both an intriguing character piece and a good dose of intelligent sci-fi / fantasy. Well worth a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wolves are running..., 15 April 2009
This review is from: Loups-Garoux (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This Fifth Doctor and Turlough adventure from Big Finish is a great werewolf story with a true Doctor Who flavour. Another audio drama that is arguably better than it could have ever been on television, whilst Marc Platt's characters get a great deal to do, helped by a top-notch cast. It is also a refreshing change from the current TV series to hear humans criticised rather than constantly praised, and overall this is a cracking effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Howling Good Fifth Doctor Audio Adventure, 22 Mar 2014
Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Loups-Garoux (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
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2xCD of a 4 episode adventure, Running time 136 minutes approx.

1)Eleanor Bron played Kara in Sixth Doctor season 22 tv story Revelation Of The Daleks & cameos alongside John Cleese as an Art critic in the Fourth Doctor season 17 tv story City Of Death.
2)Burt Kwouk starred in Doctor Who season 19 tv story Four To Doomsday as Lin Futu but is better known for his role as Kato in the Pink Panther films.
3)Marc Platt wrote season 26 tv story Ghostlight featuring the Seventh Doctor & Ace.
4)Werewolves have appeared in Doctor Who twice, Season 25 tv story The Greatest Show In The Galaxy with the Seventh Doctor & Ace & Tooth & Claw featuring the Tenth Doctor & Rose.

Brazil in the year 2080 the Fifth Doctor & Turlough arrive for the Rio De Janeiro carnival but unwittingly get caught up in a age old mystery of a family Werewolf curse that has killed many & inflicted the Santos family including Ileana de Santos & her invalid son Victor who is now being treated by the enigmatic Doctor Hayashi.

Could this Werewolf curse have anything to do with event's linked to 1589 Germany & 1812 Russia were rumours of ferocious Werewolf attacks are rumoured to have taken place?

The Doctor & Turlough will need to keep there wits about them as time is running out to get to the bottom & solve this mystery as the legendary curse of the werewolves becomes more apparent & could the Doctor be there next victim?

Timelord Thoughts.
This is a solid well written script by Marc Platt who over the year's has written many good story's for Big Finish productions but this was his first commissioned story debut & what a full on enjoyable audio adventure this is.

Peter Davison excelles in this story giving his Doctor more gravitas which I thought lacked a little in his interpretation on tv & Mark Strickson who's character of Turlough was always problematic to write for in the series gets involved more in this audio adventure.

This has some very tense moment's & delivers a chilling story which content wouldn't be deemed suitable on tv nowadays but on audio the listener can let there imagination flow & picture the images which was so easily done when I heard this thrilling audio adventure.

One of the Big Finish greats enhanced by there excellent sound effects, Music & high quality production values which Big Finish are renowned for doing make this Fifth Doctor audio adventure a chilling classic tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loups-Garoux - a bit of a shaggy dog story, 26 Mar 2012
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This review is from: Loups-Garoux (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the twentieth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five and Mark Strickson as Vislor Turlough. It is set somewhere between Phantasmagoria and Planet of Fire. 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.

The Doctor and Turlough visit Rio in 2080 for the carnival, only to find themselves embroiled with some carnivores. Are there really werewolves roaming the world? And just how worried should the Doctor be about the `Grey One' whom even the werewolves are afraid of?

This is a cracking little story. Coming in at 110 minutes, it's a bit shorter than the usual Big Finish adventure, yet manages to pack a lot in without missing anything. It's quite a breathless rollercoaster of a ride at times. Davison and Strickson have some great scenes together, exploring the nature of their friendship. Strickson in particular has some great moments, and strongly builds on the slightly stronger character with a better moral compass that emerged in Frontios. It's pretty impressive that after a 20 year break from the character he can just step right back in and pick up where he left off. There is a strong undercurrent of relationships running through the story, which is well played and actually shows up the Doctor's emotional vulnerability quite well.

Apart from that there is also plenty of action, with deranged scientists (Bert Kwouk of Pink Panther and Last Of The Summer Wine Fame in a somewhat gleefully manic performance) Carnivals, train chases, murders, big fights and lots of other exciting stuff going in. It's one I listen to quite often, 5 stars for this classic adventure.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who and...werewolves?, 17 Sep 2004
Andrew Kyle "Fangg" (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Loups-Garoux is brilliant. But instead of slogging through the good bits before spoiling things and telling you the not-so-great bits, i'll tell you my one negative point. The title. Yes, its that silly. You see i thought it was prounced Loop-Garoo, when in fact its loo-garoo. Its a testament to how good the story, characters, acting and setting is when the only down side is an unlike pronunciation of its title.
And so - the story. Its the first time i believe Dr Who has encountered werewolves and in audio its even better, as visually werewolves are either great or terrible, but audibly we don't see them change, leaving everything to our imagination, and all the better for it. Peter Davison is excellent, recalling the best bits of his short tenure of the Doctor.Mark Strickson is a revelation: he didn't show this kind of potential in the series. He plays off Davison with great chemistry and there are some truly memorable moments (the Doc and Turlough talking about taking women out, for example). The secondary cast are equally brilliant. Burt Kwouk (Kato from The Pink Panther) returns to Dr Who (he was in Four to Doomsday) with a much better role as a troubled scientist, Nicky Henson's Stubbe is full of character and underlying evil, and Eleanor Bron's Ileana is a wonderful three-dimensional character that really makes you feel for the wolves. Only Rosa is a little off the mark, but it doesn't mire the story at all. The setting is great: Rio of the Future. The tension builts throughout (with some brilliant cliffhangers) to a real cresendo when we all remember why we love Doctor Who in the first place. Sticking up for...the bad guys or the good guys? Just who are they? The people or the wolves?
A fantastic story and definitely a credit to Big Finish's library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silver Medal, 17 Oct 2011
This review is from: Loups-Garoux (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
A full cast audio adventure of the 5th doctor.

Whilst the authors best work for Big Finish deals with an enemy with a weakness for Gold, this time he is dealing with one that has a weakness for Silver.

The story is of werewolves in south america, moves along at a fast pace with a little bit of a western feel.

If made for TV the special effects would have been "interesting" but this as with all the best audio and written fiction allows you to use your imagination to create better special effects than any BBC department could.

However for one of the best doctor adventures in any medium try Spare Parts, by the same author.
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