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Interesting but dull,
This review is from: Scherzo (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Following on from the anniversary story Zagreus Scherzo, the first story in Big Finish's 3rd 8th Doctor season is another story to mark up as an interesting failure. Where Zagreus went overboard, throwing everything including the kitchen-sink into it's 3 and ¾ hour running time, Scherzo is decidedly minimalist, featuring no actors beyond Paul McGann and India Fisher, and a very slight plot (Doctor and Charlie arrive in the Divergent Universe, lose the TARDIS, accidentally create a creature of sound, and compete in an evolutionary race against it). In fact, this must rank as one of the shortest stories ever to be extended to two discs - at around 90 minutes running time it really should have had some padding trimmed (plus the extremely irritating episode breaks, which are intrusive as there are no dramatic cliff-hanger moments) and released as a one disc story. Robert Shearman is without a doubt the best writer in the Big Finish range, and there is still some excellent material in Scherzo, but compared to previous triumphs The Holy Terror, The Chimes of Midnight and Jubilee this falls somewhat flat. The play isn't helped by the addition of a sickly Doctor & Charlie love angle, which robs the character of the Doctor of his individuality and makes him like every other hero. Scherzo is a brave experiment, and has some flashes of genius, but it's also a fairly dull story.