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... one of my favourite 60s television programmes...,
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This review is from: Counter-Measures: Series Two (Audio CD)
Of all the Doctor Who spin-offs, Counter Measures is one of the least obvious and ironically, one of the better ones. It fits into the Doctor Who ethos, and of course its own, like a glove. It is best to "accept" that 75% of the main cast are Doctor Who characters and then enjoy this series in its own right, much as you might do with Torchwood. I would rather listen to this series than watch an equivalent 1960s-made television programme in a similar vein, because this is so much more engaging.
I very much liked the stories of CM1, but was critical that there was too much 1960s incidental music to remind you of the era. Fortunately in CM2, either there is less to begin with or is far less intrusive; perhaps Big Finish are banking on 99% of listeners having already listened to CM1.
What we have is another four stories "of their time", but obviously written in the last year or so. The cast are all very good, and their dynamic is managed through Sir Toby Kinsella, head of Counter Measures, a well written and portrayed politician/pen-pusher type who is working to higher objectives.
It might just be my interpretation of the episode endings, but they seem a little vague deliberately to allow the listener to interpret either way. This I particularly like.
Counter Measures is a very solid audio programme and one that I hope continues for some time. We have Jago & Litefoot and Counter Measures, that do not receive any negative criticism in the circles I move in,
If they are to be annual releases, then at this quality, I am not going to complain.
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Initial post: 15 Mar 2014 16:48:47 GMT
Wonderful review of a great spin off series.
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