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Doctor. Daleks. Duke. Davros. And destiny.,
This review is from: The Curse of Davros (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
A new Doctor Who audio play featuring Colin Baker as the Doctor. It's the first in a trilogy that gives him a new companion. Philippa 'Flip' Jackson. A young girl from present day London.
Flip and her boyfriend Jared met the sixth Doctor before, in Dr Who 143 the Crimes of Thomas Brewster (Dr Who Big Finish). But those who haven't heard that story should be able to get into this one quite easily.
It runs for four episodes which are spread over two cds. The episodes run from thirty to thirty eight minutes in length [approx].
The story sees Flip and Jared - just as the former is starting to yearn for a bit more from her life - when he emerges from an escape capsule after a spaceship crash. But he's on the run from Davros and the Daleks. Who turn London into a battlground and force Flip and the Doctor into a desperate fight for survival.
There are far bigger things going on here though. What Davros is really interested in is happening almost two hundred years beforehand. At the battle of Waterloo.
Can Flip and the Doctor keep history on course?
As an introduction to a new companion this is an excellent piece of work. Flip is a strong character and very well acted, and very brave at points. Lisa Greenwood who plays her has very good chemistry with Colin Baker.
The other main thrust of this is the relationship between the Sixth Doctor and Dalek creator Davros. The two are great foes because they are intellectual equals. Terry Molloy, who played the role in the show on tv back in the 1980's returns to the part, for a story that really considers the relationship between the two in a way that has never been done before. And really adds great depth to it.
It Also lets Colin Baker and Terry Molloy stretch their performances into wholly new areas.
The historical aspect of this is also fascinating, thanks to great performances from the actors playing Wellington and Napoleon, and superb incidental music does make some of the battle sequences very gripping at points.
The episodes are all on the long side but they're all so involving that you barely notice. And listening to them absolutely flies by.
A really strong start to what should be a very good trilogy.
Disc one ends with just under twenty minutes of the musical score from the story.
There is a trailer for The Fourth Wall (Doctor Who) the next story in this trilogy, right after the end of part four on disc two.
And five minutes of interviews with cast and crew right after that. These are a lot shorter than usual, probably because of the length of the episodes, but they are still quite good and worth a listen.
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Initial post: 30 Oct 2013 21:37:30 GMT
I E-mail Johnny Morris several times & praised his writing he's a thoroughly nice chap & had several reviews since.
Exellent twist to this story.
Great review by the Legend of Tapner
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