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I am Zagreus!,
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To get the background to this story, you really need to listen to Neverland first. Having an understanding of the way in which Charley and the Doctor are travelling together in the first place also helps to put in context the story which continues from Neverland with the main point of conflict between time and anti-time. I first listened to this about 18 months ago, and in a somewhat stop-start manner while travelling in the car. I found, listening to it this time over three consecutive evenings (one cd per evening) that it hung together better and flowed well, building to a very satisfying conclusion.
The Doctor is not himself and Charley is separated from him by what appears to be the Brigadier as she searches for a way to help the Doctor. Old friends and old companions pop up in new guises as the story moves through the three cd-set. It's only on the third cd that the elements of the story that has long been building start to move in unison towards the conclusion, and that's really not what the listener is expecting.
This is clearly a set-piece written to celebrate Doctor Who's fortieth anniversary, and as such needs to have elements that celebrate that without doubt for the listener. As such, the familiar voices are a nice touch. I was not so excited about the Lewis Carroll "Alice in Wonderland" theme that carries through the story; while it does work, I think this element of the storyline could have been improved upon.
This is not great literature, but it is what it purports to be - a great Doctor Who anniversary celebratory story, which features a whole lot of familiar voices and contexts, and introduces new elements with the anti-time element, and the whole Zagreus concept. The other Doctors really work together well here, and it's just a pity that Tom Baker was not involved as the Fourth Doctor. The writing is generally clever, the familiar and unfamiliar elements are melded well together into a satisfying story. Definitely recommended for a `classic' Doctor Who fan, and definitely repays multiple listenings.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2013 21:17:49 BDT
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Posted on 15 Oct 2013 21:19:30 BDT
This is a classic adventure done differently but superbly by Alan Barnes, This was made when Tom shunned Big Finish but features 5,6,7,8th Doctor's plus many companions with a twist which I wont spoil for the non listerner.
This concludes what started in the Neverland story with The Eighth Doctor now battling Zagreus within him.
This was snubbed by uk who fans on original release but opinion seems to be changing of this story of late & like this review I enjoyed it.
In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2013 23:33:34 BDT
Keen Reader says:
I liked it overall; there were parts of it I thought could have been done better, but I could see the aim of the story and its ending from Neverland, so overall I thought it worked well.
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