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5.0 out of 5 stars Colditz - Just how far will the Doctor go to protect history?, 29 Mar. 2012
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is the twenty fifth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven and Sophie Aldred as Ace. 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 pictures of the cast and production notes.

I have ot say I loved this story. The Doctor and Ace find themselves trapped in Colditz Castle in 1944. The Germans want the TARDIS and the Doctor's technology for the war effort, and just who is Klein and how come she knows so much?

The story is a complicated one with a great time travelling conundrum at its heart, which reveals just how far the Doctor will go in order to protect the established history. Built around this is a classic little tale with, importantly, some really good characterisation and character development. Ace in particular gets quite a few shocks and Sophie Aldred clearly relished the opportunity to portray the teenager starting to grow up. McCoy is in top form as the ominous Doctor, making doom laden pronouncements and trying to get one step ahead of his opponents. Klein is an intriguing character, and the door is left open for her return in subsequent episodes (we had to wait nearly 10 years!). A certain David Tennant pops up as a rather nasty German guard, and though he hams it up to the rafters it is a fitting performance that really strikes a note of fear in the listener's heart. The theme of the story seems to be that actions always have consequences, as all the characters come to confront their own mistakes, it's a neat little moral and not too heavy handedly done.

I especially liked the sound production here, there really was a feeling of being in Colditz. Equally impressive is the incidental music, which seems to be some merging of the Who theme and Ron Goodwin's Where Eagles Dare main theme. It works perfectly to give an impression of a good old fashioned war movie.

5 stars for this cracking story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars mein gott, this is gut!, 24 Aug. 2006
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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The seventh doctor and ace land in the infamous prisoner of war camp, late on in 1944. And they don't last long before they are captured. How will they escape? And how can they avoid changing history in the process? Does the doctor have one of his usual cunning plans? Is it even more cunning than he realises?

Another story from steve lyons, who never writes great literature, but instead always produces good solid franchise fiction. And that's what this is. Clearly meticulously researched, as ace gets involved with a member of the prominenti - relatives of top allied officials, who really were imprisoned in colditz in real life.

The cast contains the obligatory good german and evil nazi [one played by an actor called david tennant. Wonder whatever happened to him?] And then there's Klein. A cold fraulein of a nazi officer, who has more than a few secrets of her own...

A great story with a lot of twists and turns, and an astonishing cliffhanger to part two. Really good stuff and strongly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great title from Big Finish's strongest era, 28 July 2008
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Varian Beauregard (Le Jardin d'Angleterre) - See all my reviews
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I'm writing this because I don't think there are enough reviews of this title. If you don't already own it and are a fan of McCoy then buy it now and don't waste any more time reading reviews - you won't regret it.

If you're harder to convince than that, this is why it's good:

Sylvester MCoy and Sophie Aldred are on top form, brilliantly evoking the characters from their tv days (the doctor's unfortunate brief relapse into playing the spoons aside!)

It is well researched and well scripted.

It is engaging and evokes the setting well: I lost myself in it and enjoyed every word, something which is relatively rare for me with audio plays.

(It also features David Tennant although you might not recognise him playing a german.)

May I also direct you to the excellent 'Fires of Vulcan', 'Master' and 'Red'. When Sylvester is on form he is easily my favourite of the audio Doctors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Colditz Castle with the Doctor and Ace!, 21 April 2015
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"Nazis! I hate these guys!", as Indiana Jones would say to Ace.

'Colditz' is the fourth Doctor and Ace audio adventure starring Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred. It's a four-part adventure by Steve Lyons and is a gripping historical yarn where the Doctor and Ace face Nazis and have to escape the inescapable prison of Colditz Castle in 1944.

I enjoyed listening to this tale very much, especially as it features a superb guest cast including a future face of the Doctor. Steve really grips you into the tale especially with the Nazi Germany element and it brought back memories for me when studying history at school.

The Doctor and Ace arrive at Colditz Castle unawares before being caught and the Doctor gets shot by Feldwebel Kurtz. Ace conspires with the British prisoners to make an escape plan from the castle whilst the Doctor is forced to give the secrets of his TARDIS to a mysterious Elizabeth Klein.

I must admit, I'm not so familiar with Colditz Castle as a historical setting in the story. I did Nazi Germany for history, but never dealt with the place in detail as I did for the July Bomb Plot of 1944. But I found it interesting and certainly the tension and drama is found throughout this drama.

Sylvester McCoy delivers a superb performance as the Doctor. He's not manipulative at first as he's coerced into cooperating with Klein and giving the secrets of his TARDIS to her. But as the story progresses, he works what's going on and makes his own plans to stop changing history.

I like how the Doctor is forced to agree to cooperate with Klein when ordering Kurtz to kill Ace right before him. The Doctor's very fond of Ace as he reluctantly agrees to help Klein. The interaction between the Doctor and Klein is spell-bounding as he finds her an extraordinary opponent.

Sophie Aldred as Ace has a strong outing for her character. This is one of Ace's best stories as her anti-racist and anti-fascist views come across really well as she hates the Nazis and clearly hates Kurtz bullying her. Those scenes where Ace defies Kurtz are truly mesmerising.

I like Ace's resourcefulness in this tale as she gets to be friends with the British prisoners with the likes of Flying Officer Gower and Tim Wilkins. I like Ace developing a friendship with Tim, before she accuses him of betraying her to Kurtz and the Nazis when making an escape attempt.

David Tennant appears in this story! That's right! David Tennant! This story is extra-special featuring an actor who would go on to play the Tenth Doctor in the new series. This is one of two 'Doctor Who' audios David guest stars in (the first one being 'Medicinal Purposes' with Colin Baker).

David plays Feldwebel Kurtz, a Nazi officer at the Colditz Castle prisoner. Kurtz is a mean person, and is very cruel to Ace when he bullies her and puts her in her place. I couldn't believe how nasty David was as Kurtz to Ace. I'm sure David and Sophie got on really well behind-the-scenes.

This story also features the first appearance of Tracey Childs as Elizabeth Klein. Tracey has appeared in the TV series in the episode 'The Fires of Pompeii'. Klein is a character Tracey is well-known for in 'Doctor Who' circles as she would go on to be a companion for the Seventh Doctor in later stories.

Klein is a scientist who worked for the German Third Reich where the Nazis won World War II in alternative timeline. She travels back in time to acquire the Doctor and his TARDIS for study. The Doctor however is determined not to let her force him to change history.

The story also guest stars Nicholas Young as Flying Officer Bill Gower. Gower is the main British prisoner at Colditz Castle who gets on well with Ace and helps to discuss a plan of escape. Gower seems to have some influence with the guards, but to what extent will that influence take him?

The remaining guest stars include Toby Longworth as Hauptmann Julius Schäfer, the leading Nazi at Colditz Castle; and Peter Rae as Timothy Wilkins, one of the British prisoners that Ace befriends.

At the end of the story, the Doctor and Ace escape in the TARDIS before Kurtz tries to get in and is halfway through the doors. The TARDIS dematerialises and Kurtz is instantly killed as his body is split in half by the time vortex. This shocks and horrifies Ace, as it is a very shocking, horrifying moment.

This is a turning point in Ace's character, as after seeing the horrifying death of Kurtz, she decides not to be called Ace anymore. Instead she refers to herself as Dorothy McShane or simply 'McShane'. This made me wonder where the story would go next for Ace's character.

The CD extras at the end of Disc 2 include a trailer for the next 'Doctor Who' audio called 'The One Doctor' with Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford.

'Colditz' is a very gripping and enjoyable audio adventure with the Doctor and Ace. I enjoyed listening to this, especially with the special appearance of David Tennant as Kurtz and Tracey Child as Klein. This audio is highly recommended and one of the best from Big Finish.

The next story for the Doctor and Ace is 'The Rapture'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time., 4 May 2010
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This Big Finish production was first recorded in 2000, but it still sounds fresh. No performance lets this audio drama down, neither the two regulars, nor the guest cast, including David Tennant (I wonder what happened to him?) or Tracey Childs as the intrieging Klein.

The central plot sees the usually scheming and in-control 7th Doctor and Ace making an emergency landing in Colditz, the infamous Nazi prison camp, in 1944. They end up in circumstances beyond their control, with the possibility of history being changed in a big way. With consequences that will make the imagination reel.

The only let-downs are the incidental music, which tries to be 1940's but shows up its synthesised shortcomings. Also the echoey castle sound design is occasionally too much. However, these elements didn't spoil my overall enjoyment of this drama.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lets escape from Colditz, 31 Oct. 2011
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An audio adventure of the 7th Doctor and Ace.

Doctor Who and Ace end up by mistake (as usual) at Colditz castle during the war. This is a timey-wimey episode rather than a straight war story with the Doctor worrying about changing the passage of history.

The story is well paced and has the expected sterotypical german guards and upper class british pilots. Especially worthwhile getting for an early appearance in the who universe by David Tenant playing a rather brutual german.

Later followed up in the Klein trilogy, this is a strand alone adventure and a good introduction to audio Doctor Who.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prisoners of war, 17 Sept. 2014
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Mr. R. W. Graham (Lincoln, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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The 7th Doctor and Ace land in Colditz castle at the end of World War 2 and are immediately captured by the Nazis. At first they are assumed to be British spies but then the Nazis start to take an interest in the Tardis with one Nazi in particular believing it can help Germany win the war. Coming across like an old fashioned historical adventure from the Hartnell era apart from the time travel, this is a thrilling, tense adventure featuring an early appearance from David Tennant as a Nazi years before he would get cast as the 10th Doctor, the first of several roles he would play as different characters for Big Finish. Almost unrecognizable with a strong German accent, he plays a nasty piece of work called Kurtz who menaces The Doctor and Ace and other prisoners of war in the camp and is a complete sadist, he makes for a very good villain. The audio also introduces Tracy Childs as Klien, an evil Nazi scientist with an interest in the Tardis who will become an unlikely travelling companion for The Doctor later. One of the best 7th Doctor audios.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The One with David Tennant, 14 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Colditz (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
The future Tenth Doctor makes his Big Finish debut as a rather different character as The Seventh Doctor and his companion Ace becoem involved with the Third Reich in this smashing audio adventure from Big Finish. McCoy and Aldred are on top form and never work together better than they do here. Tennant makes an impact with his heavily accented German officer and the remainder of the cast all provide top-notch support. Atmospheric, taut and entertaining; Big Finish has rarely done better than this. More please!
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