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5.0 out of 5 stars A Shocking Conclusion To The Excelis Trilogy, 8 Mar 2014
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Timelord007 (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Excelis Decays (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
CD Info.
1xCD, Running time 75 minutes approx.

Trivia.
1)Final part of the Excelis Trilogy.
2)The late Ian Collier played Omega in Fifth Doctor tv adventure Arc Of Infinity as Omega & reprised the role again on Big Finishes 40th Anniversary audio adventure:Omega.
3)Yee Jee Tso played Chang Lee in the 1996 Doctor Who tv movie starring Paul McGann, Has appeared in Sixth Doctor adventure Real Time which was a animated webcast & more recently played Warrant Officer Charlie Sato in 2 Companion Chronicles audio adventures Tales From The Vault & Mastermind for Big Finish.
4)Mark Gatiss plays Deputy Warden Baris in this audio adventures has written several stories for Doctor Who on tv & for Big Finish, Gatiss also wrote the tv movie An Adventure In Space & Time about Doctor Who's humble beginnings that starred David Bradley as William Hartnell.

Synopsis.
When the Doctor last visited Excelis in it's 20th Century the planet was about to enter a stage of enlightenment & reasoning.

However some centuries have passed & when the Seventh Doctor arrives on Excelis he discovers the planet is now in the grip of a vicious totalitarian regime that's at war with the rest of Artiaris as the highclass are living off the efforts of a drugged & broken underclass.

Who is the mysterious Lord Sutton & what does he hold over the ruling classes for them to do his bidding?

Just what are the meat puppets & what role do they play in this ongoing eternal war?

As the Doctor's arrival signifies the final piece of the puzzle of Excelis which has been centuries in the making as throughout time & space over many centuries the Doctor in all his incarnations has fought many evils all over the universe.

But some evils seem to have a way of manifesting themselves & refuse to die!

Timelord Thoughts.
This final part to the Excelis trilogy of audio adventures by Big Finish comes to a conclusion with Excelis Decay & what a conclusion it is.

Considering how lacklustre Excelis Dawn was, Excelis Rising & Excelis Decay have produced two high quality audio adventures for the Sixth & Seventh Doctor & this final piece to the puzzle concludes the trilogy with a shocking dramatic ending.

Written by Craig Hinton this sees the Seventh Doctor travelling solo & returning once again to Excelis as writer Craig Hinton pulls no punches in his storytelling here giving a bleak gritty realistic tone to the drama which play's to actor Sylvester McCoy's strengths.

McCoy gives a brilliant performance & his final solution could only have worked with his incarnation of the Doctor & the ending of this particular adventure will have the listener wondering did the Doctor actually do that?

This is a great written audio adventure with another good performance by Anthony Stewart Head this time under the guise of Lord Sutton, With additional superb performances from actor's Ian Collier, Yee Jee Tso & Mark Gatiss. In there roles of Erco Sallis, Major Jal Brant & Deputy Warden Baris.

This is a chilling conclusion to the Excelis Trilogy & although the trilogy started very lacklustre with Excelis Dawn it certainly picked up in it's second & third parts that concludes with a superb gut punch shock ending that works well but was certainly an unexpected conclusion to this trilogy of audio play's.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A downbeat conclusion to the "Excelis" trilogy, 4 Sep 2006
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M. Wilberforce "mwilberforce" (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Excelis Decays (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
"When the Doctor last visited the city of Excelis, its citizens were about to enter an age of enlightenment and reason. But returning two centuries later, he discovers a vicious totalitarian regime at war with the rest of Artaris, living off the efforts of a drugged and broken underclass.

"Who is the mysterious Lord Sutton, and what hold does he have over the ruling classes? What are the Meat Puppets, and what role do they play in the eternal war? And why is the Doctor's arrival the final piece in a plan that has been centuries in the making?

"Throughout his lives, the Doctor has fought many legends. But some legends refuse to die."

And so the main body of the "Excelis" trilogy concludes with "Excelis Decays", by Craig Hinton, in which the Seventh Doctor returns to the city of Excelis, which has gone from an englightened society on the brink of a new era of science and knowledge, to a rotten, decaying society awash with industrial filth and led by a brutal, totalitarian regime. Lord Grayvorn (Anthony Stewart Head), rendered incorporeal at the end of "Excelis Rising", has found a way to be reborn and now pulls the strings of the society in secret from his hideaway on the surface in the guise of Lord Sutton.

The Doctor has unfinished business, although he doesn't realise it at first. But, in true Seventh Doctor style, he unravels the mystery surrounding Excelis' abrupt descent into a totalitarian labour state and gets straight to its heart. This is, however, exactly what Grayvorn had planned for. The two great minds meet and eventually bring the saga to a conclusion in the most final way possible.

Excelis Decays is probably the best instalment in the Excelis trilogy. Sylvester McCoy, very variable in his audio appearances, is on truly excellent form and leads from the front. Anthony Stewart Head, meanwhile, is more than a match for McCoy, and his performances blend seamlessly with the rest despite being recorded in a separate studio. The high-profile guest cast, including Ian Collier and Yee Jee Tso, are also excellent, with Collier and supporting performer Penelope McDonald fulfilling the companion role effectively.

The story has a bleak atmosphere reinforced by an even bleaker ending, aided by the usual high standard of sound design. The music, meanwhile, is excellent, picking up the beat of the previous two stories and infusing it with an industrial ambience appropriate to the evolution of the troubled society of Excelis.

Fans of the "Excelis" trilogy, if they want more, can proceed to buy the postscript, "The Plague Herds of Excelis" from Big Finish's Professor Bernice Summerfield range. However, for those of us who only collect the Doctor Who range, "Excelis Decays" wraps the trio of adventures up very satisfactorily (albeit in a somewhat downbeat way).
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