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So nearly so good.,
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As usual, Sarah Sutton and Janet Fielding are excellent. Here the basic story idea is fine, the problem is in the detail, as a basic part of the story becomes muddled and undermines the adventure. In this story, someone or something has arrived on a planet and become the 'High Priest' of a religion, and uses this position to manipulate a society. Well, fine, but the problem is the story gets into a hopless tangle over that religion and its 'High Priest'. At first the story is unclear if this religion has one god or gods (which surely its followers would know?), it then suggest the alien visitor is god, or one of a series of gods, then as the story progresses isn't sure if the visitor is a priest, god, one of a series of gods, a prophet, or a messiah. All very different things, and what emerges is so badly thought out, and the religion is so central to the plot, that the end result just doesn't work. And what is so frustrating is that this should surely have been thought out as the original outline by Barbara Clegg was developed, this kind of poor thinking isn't up to standard at all, and turns a potentially good story into an ill-thoughtout one. Most of the Missing Stories have been excellent, so this muddle came as a surprise. But Sarah and Janet are very good.
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Initial post: 19 Nov 2011 09:32:05 GMT
So despite Sarah Sutton and Janet Fielding being excellent and very good you can only manage 1 star. As for Peter Davison is seems he was just so bad you didn't even mention him. Doctor Who without the Doctor! As for the brash, arrogant character Janet Fielding plays it shouldn't have lasted past her first episode. She doesn't even have to act, she just plays herself and has to find an Australian accent because although born in Australia she had elocution lessons to deprive her of her real Australian sound. On the 5th Doctor DVD commentaries she dominates the conversation and blathers on about things that don't mean anything to the listener and have nothing to do with the DVDs. Poor Sarah Sutton can hardly get a word in because she is so sweat and nice Fielding just bombs her out. One star for Sarah, one for Peter, one for the supporting actors and two for Big Finish Productions, that makes 5 but if I took off some for Janet Fielding................
Posted on 20 Nov 2011 20:06:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2012 17:18:51 GMT
Mark... Did you really intend just one star? You do say "so nearly so good", which would suggest it was not far off? This story does hurtle into 1980s religious ethics, and it certainly would not have got aunty Beeb's go ahead then. There are moments in the script when "gods" is used (the Dr himself uses the plural form around episode 4) which might suggest last minute changes during production. It is a shame, because it steps outside of traditional Dr Who just when it is normally at its most traditional. However, this audio adventure after watching say Terminus or The Kings Demons is simply 500% higher in terms of quality (plot, script, acting, & general production standards) that I think Big Finish can be largely forgiven. I appreciated this one all the more on the second listening. It's a beautiful work of art!
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