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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 Welcome Elizabeth Klein To This Outstanding Seventh Doctor Audio Adventure, 4 Jan 2014
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Positive.
1)Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred deliver outstandingly good performances in this classic audio adventure.
2)Tracy Child's as Doctor Elizabeth Klein making her Big Finish debut.
3)David Tennant brilliant portrayal as villian Feldwebel Kurtz, What did become of him the name's very familiar.

Negative.
None this is a classic.

CD Info.
2xCD of a 4 part adventure, Running time 120 minutes approx.

Trivia.
1)Aces comments about disliking Nazi's is a link to tv story's Silver Nemesis & The Curse of Fenric both those storys featured Nazi's.
2)Ace mentions she got her CD walkman in the 21st century from Paul Tanner who featured in Seventh Doctor & Ace audio adventure The Fearmonger.
3)Tracy Childs appeared in the tv story The Fires of Pompeii alongside Tenth Doctor David Tennant & Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi.
4)This was David Tennants first Big Finish audio,He also starred in Medicinal Purposes,Dalek Empire 3,Unit & the Doctor Who Unbound series playing various character's.

Review.
Colditz Castle in 1944 during World War 2 the Nazi's appear to be on the verge of defeat in the on going war.

The Seventh Doctor & Companion Ace arrive at Colditz & are captured by the Third Reich whom think they are at first British spies.

But as they have arrived in a time travel capsule the Tardis will the Doctor be able to keep the secrets of time travel out of enemy hands or will the Third Reich use the Tardis to change the course of history becoming victorious in the war standing triumphantly against all whom oppose the Nazi's in this ongoing bloody conflict of World War 2.

This is an outstanding adventure by writer Steve Lyons, No alien monster's here just a very well written audio drama that thanks to some exellent performances by all the cast involved makes this a timeless classic Doctor Who adventure.

Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred both give great performances as The Doctor & Ace as they really are one of the best Doctor/Companion team ups both on tv & audio.

David Tennant gives a very sinister performance as Kurtz a very dark chilling performance.

But Tracy Child's as Doctor Elizabeth Klein is the standout actress here as she portrays many facets of her personality & is a very enigmatic character but draws the listener into wanting to know more about her.

This is a must buy purchase for fan's of Doctor Who at Big Finish as this is truly a classic Doctor Who audio adventure that has stood the test of time.
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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 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 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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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 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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