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4.0 out of 5 stars Red Dawn, 23 Aug 2014
This review is from: Doctor Who 8 -Red Dawn (Dr Who Big Finish) (Audio CD)
It's funny, listening to this cd now, to realise just how far the BF audio productions have come over the years. This is only the 8th release of the Main Range Doctor Who full cast audio cds released by Big Finish in 2000, and since then BF productions have scaled new heights in pacing of stories, special effects, music and all types of sounds that come through in their stories to enhance the listeners' experience. This one is a little ... clunky. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad, it's just not as sophisticated an audio experience as the more recent BF releases.

There is a great story in this - the Fifth Doctor, accompanied by his companion Peri Brown are travelling somewhere where Peri, a keen botanist can study plant life. But somehow the Tardis lands in ... where exactly? The Doctor and Peri go exploring and find they are inside some kind of structure; but where are the corridors leading them?

Meanwhile, out in space a NASA-funded space mission to Mars is about to land. They are tasked with exploring an `anomaly' on the planet surface. But the anomaly has more questions than answers for the crew of the Ares One. And someone isn't playing by the rules.

Peter Davison and Nicola Bryant are great in their roles as the Doctor and Peri, and it's great to see the Ice Warriors back in this story. The voices of the Ice Warriors is one area where BF particularly seem to have picked up the technical stakes; in this story, there's no sense of the size and menace of the huge Ice Warriors and the difference between them and their War Lord from their voices, which ideally there should be, and there definitely is in stories where the sound is able to offer that differentiation to the listener. And the pacing seems a little slow in this story; lots of room for cliffhangers which don't really live up to their expectations.

Overall, a great story, and a fantastic offering considering how far BF have come over the last 14 years in stories and productions. This is definitely a keeper for a Doctor Who fan and offers a great Ice Warriors and Mars story with the Fifth Doctor.
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Initial post: 23 Aug 2014 19:29:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Aug 2014 19:36:22 BDT
M S says:
Interesting review, K.R. I'm not quite as keen on this as you seem to be. I think it shows signs of how early in BF history it was. For me, the story itself, is just not up to the standard they achieved not long afterwards. But it's all just opinion is it not?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2014 20:17:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Aug 2014 20:17:39 BDT
Keen Reader says:
It certainly is not as polished as the later BF audios but I gave them marks for early efforts. Possibly if I had heard it when it first came out I might have been more critical. Or maybe they just caught me on a good day?

Posted on 23 Aug 2014 20:42:36 BDT
Timelord007 says:
I agree with M as much as I like the Ice Warriors this was a average effort from the usually good Justin Richards, We'll put it down to Big Finish teething troubles.

As usual a excellent detailed well written review, glad you pair enjoyed my latest Doctor Who reviews, I just reviewed Revenge Of The Swarm, not looking forward to next month about 5 Doctor Who story's to review Arrrggghhh the mind probe, weres the mind probe!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2014 21:03:30 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Ah well, they must definitely have got me on a good day. I think I gave them the benefit of the doubt as to what they wanted to achieve, but didn't perhaps have the technical abilities that they offer today to be able to quite get there.
Thanks timelord007.
Come on, you love it! All these new stories to review, keeps you young :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2014 11:51:09 BDT
M S says:
Just looked at the international broadcast dates for series 8. Poor K.R.!!! 8 bloomin' days after we see it. I hadn't realised there was that much of a delay. I'd be complaining to the television stations. GRRRR!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2014 18:39:32 BDT
Keen Reader says:
I know! Poor me indeed! You'd think in this day and age they could get their act together better than that.
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