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5.0 out of 5 stars Embrace The Darkness - The Doctor and Charlie see the light
This is the thirty first 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 Charlotte 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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needed A Bit More Embracing
Embrace The Darkness.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor.
Companion : Charley Pollard.
Main enemy: The Cimmerians.
Main setting: Cimmeria IV, the Cimmerian System.
Writer: Nicholas Briggs.
Director: Nicholas Briggs.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 100 minutes.

Extras.
Trailers.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Needed A Bit More Embracing, 20 Jun 2014
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Embrace The Darkness.
Doctor: Eighth Doctor.
Companion : Charley Pollard.
Main enemy: The Cimmerians.
Main setting: Cimmeria IV, the Cimmerian System.
Writer: Nicholas Briggs.
Director: Nicholas Briggs.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 100 minutes.

Extras.
Trailers.

Cast.
The Doctor - Paul McGann.
Charley Pollard - India Fisher.
Orllensa - Nicola Boyce.
Mike Ferras - Lee Moone.
Haliard - Mark McDonnell.
ROSM / Solarian / Cimmerian / Astrov - Ian Brooker.
Cimmerian Voice - Nicholas Briggs.

Trivia.
1)The Doctor tells Orllensa that he has spent much of his life being told that he was mad.
2)Charley refers to ROSM as a "talking adding machine.
3)"ROSM detects the Anti-Time infection in Charley's system but is unable to recognise it. (AUDIO: Neverland).
4)The Celestial Toymaker would later refer to the Solarians in a riddle while Charley was playing his games in the Celestial Toyroom. (AUDIO: Solitaire).
5)This story was originally to have featured the Morestrans (who appeared in Tv: Planet of Evil) instead of the Throxillians, but the rights could not be obtained from the BBC.

Plot Synopsis.
The Eighth Doctor & travelling companion Charley Pollard encounter an ancient race in the Cimmerian System, whose System is to unravel the mystery of its sun. But darkness has already embraced the scientific base on Cimmeria IV in more ways than one.

In a fight for survival, the Doctor must use all his wits against a deadly artificial life-form & an ancient race whose return to the Cimmerian System threatens suffering and death on an apocalyptic scale, But as the Darkness envelops the station the Doctor learns that their seemingly evil acts might be more than they appear.

Timelord Thoughts.
Nicholas Briggs as written a intriguing script that sadly falters toward the climax of this audio adventure which is a pity as episode 1's build up is excellent with a few standout moments throughout episodes 2 & 3 but by episode 4 its pretty forgettable stuff which is a shame as I was hoping for more from this Eighth Doctor adventure.

Paul McGann always gives great performances as the Eighth Doctor & delivers a brilliant performance again here he keeps the listener intrigued in the story with his Doctors love of adventure while India Fisher as Charley Pollard has certainly grown in confidence over the course of these audio adventures but her character is starting to feel slightly bossy at times which can be slightly annoying for the listener.

Embrace the Darkness is a mixture of the good & bad from writer Nicholas Briggs as the 100 minute story doesn’t have quite enough content to fill the 4 episodes add to that the very annoying underwhelming climax were writer Nicholas Briggs reveals that the entire story hinges on the fact that there was no real threat or danger at all which feels a bit of a cop out after the listener has spent 100 minutes invested listening to this audio adventure.

Yet I praise writer Nicholas Briggs for a story which is a wonderfully visual piece that delivers a cracking first episode that plants you right into the story with some scary set pieces, I specifically enjoyed the shift from the group being best of friends to embittered colleagues as Briggs ramps up the paranoia adding great atmosphere with the sound of .
screams & manic laughter that echoes in the darkness.

Overall not bad but not great either a middle of the road Doctor Who audio adventure.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great premise; great buildup; slightly weak ending - gotta love R.O.S.M.!, 19 May 2012
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I had an uncanny feeling while listening to this that I had heard it before - still not sure if I have, but I don't seem to have reviewed it, so possibly I'm going mad.

Anyway, Paul McGann is in fine form as the Eighth Doctor, travelling with Charley Pollard - they decide to travel to the Cimmerian System, to find out what happened, at one point in its history, to its sun. Meanwhile, on Cimmeria IV there is a small team setting up artificial suns - but it seems someone or something on Cimmeria IV is not keen to let the light in - at all - ever - and will do whatever it takes to stop them.

This four-part story ramps up the horror and suspense in the first episode, and then the second episode has the Doctor and Charley having their own little adventures - by the third episode things are, apparently starting to become a bit clearer to them, and to the scientific team from Cimmeria IV - but what has the Doctor not taken into account? The fourth episode wraps up all the loose ends - all a bit too neatly; I felt in some way slightly cheated that at the end it all just seemed to go away of its own accord. Great buildup; great premise; slightly off ending.

The Eighth Doctor is well characterised here; his horror at realising that he has interfered in something he should not have, is well portrayed, and fits the persona. Paul McGann is great as the Eighth Doctor, and the story (apart from the weak ending) really does play out well. R.O.S.M. is a great addition to the story; and Ian Brooker playing the part of R.O.S.M. does a great job. Definitely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Embrace The Darkness - The Doctor and Charlie see the light, 26 April 2012
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This is the thirty first 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 Charlotte 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 pictures of the cast and production notes.

This release is the fourth in the second miniseries of Eighth Doc stories, through which there is a loose story arc revolving around Charlotte Pollard's rescue from the R101 by the Doc back in their first adventure. The arc has a greater presence on some stories than others, and here it is not important, apart from a brief encounter at the very start of the adventure which will be explained in Neverland.

Following said encounter, Eight and Charlie find themselves in the Cimmerian system. It seems there was a mysterious event here that caused the sun to stop shining, the Doctor sets out to find out just what happened. Pretty soon they are thrown into what seems like a typical `remote spacesation/outpost, crew in dire trouble' situation. Just as we think we know where the story is going it takes a sudden lurch and things turn out quite unexpectedly. As Eight realises his mistakes and fights desperately to correct them I have to say I was thrilled by the sudden change in the story and the change of tone. It makes a tired old format and concept new and exciting.

McGann is clearly having a ball as Eight. This little miniseries really allowed him to expand the character, and show off several facets. Here it is the ever curious Doctor that we see, trying to do the right thing and correct his mistakes. India Fisher is also in good form as Charlie, and conveys the depth of feeling for the Doctor with ease. There is a great chemistry between the two. The writing and concepts are great, especially the use of audio to convey a world totally without light - which of course we could never have seen on TV. All in all it's a classic little adventure within the Pollard story arc, but one that stands alone very well. 5 stars.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Audio used as it should be, 18 Jan 2006
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Andrew Kyle "Fangg" (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Part of the plot of this drama involves being placed in complete darkness. Several of the tension scenes are set in the skeleton-crew manned base on Cimmeria IV when all the power is out and vision is minimal. How better then to use audio to its best - because surely by closing your eyes / turning the lights out, you have achieved what the drama is presenting. The story is a nice and original take on what is probably a "standard" do who story - a mystery, monsters, scientific base - and because of its originality theres no problem with it. Sitting in the middle of a season who's prime concern is the strange time-arc involving Charley this is a stand alone - no ties to the arc, thankfully. The cliffhangers are top notch, make no mistake. Classic.
Paul McGann is once again excellent, as is his companion India Fisher as Charley. Some of the secondary characters probably could benefit from a little more character and less cliche, being as they are carbon copies of the supporters in Nicolas Brigg's Sword of Orion. However.
A nice little addition and not bad by any standards!
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2.0 out of 5 stars runaround in the dark, 14 Aug 2006
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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A space station with no lighting.

Humans in trouble.

Terrible aliens.

Doctor and companion arrive and get involved.

What a great set up for a good doctor who story. And that's what episode one brings us.

Alas, the rest of this tale totally fails to live up to the superb opening. The characters spend two episodes running around the corridors to little effect, and these two instalments really struggle to keep your interest as a result.

Things perk up mildly in part four with a slight twist ending, but it feels over familiar. A disappointment, after such a great beginning
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