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5.0 out of 5 stars The Haunting of Thomas Brewster: Someone has just punched a hole in the universe, 21 Mar. 2013
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This review is from: The Haunting of Thomas Brewster (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the hundred and seventh release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester It stars Peter Davison as Five and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa. There are 4 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 excellent story falls into two main sections. The first episode recounts the singular life to date of one Thomas Brewster, Victorian orphan, in a tale very reminiscent of Dickens. Throughout his life he has seen a mysterious blue box, as well as visitations from his dead mother. The remaining three episodes are an explanation of the events and a great little adventure for Five and Nyssa. It's neatly done, just as you think you have a handle on things at the end of episode 1, things take a whole new turn at the start of episode 2, and the feeling of being slightly off balance remains until the end of the last episode.

With some interesting ideas (Five with a beard? I love the image) and a generally well told story at it's heart, this is a great adventure. But what really makes it is the characterisations. Brewster is a street urchin who grows into a lovable rogue. It is what the producers were aiming for(and missed so badly) with Adric all those years ago. As with all the best companions, there is a hint of untrustworthiness bubbling away under his facade, and an interesting tension builds up as a result. This is the first of a trilogy to feature Brewster with Five, and he appears in several later BF productions, which is really good news. Another great character is Five's research assistant Robert, who turns into a more complex character than is initially promised, and has a very moving scene. Some great characterisation by the writers and actors makes this an adsorbing listen.

5 stars for this excellent release.
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