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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolution: Dr Who meets Hieronymus Bosch meets Star Wars in a hellish big finish for C'Rizz, 14 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Absolution (Doctor Who) [Audiobook] [Audio CD] (Audio CD)
This is the hundred and first release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Paul McGann as Eight, India Fisher as Charlie and Conrad Westmaas as C'rizz. There are 4 episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

When Charlie's curiosity leads her to open one of C'rizz's relics, and release somethings that would have been better kept locked away, The Doctor, Charlie and C'Rizz are transported to a world that seems right out of the imagination of Hieronymus Bosch, with scenes right out of hell. C'Rizz falls under the spell of the charming Aboresh, who starts teaching the Eutermisan the ways of the Force (sorry, I mean the full potential of his psychic abilities) in a series of Yoda like lessons. But does he have a darker purpose and an evil use in mind for the impressionable C'Rizz? The Doctor and Charlie find themselves in a fortress, where life is strangely medieval, but there are definite signs of very advanced technology. And just what does Cocothis not want the Doctor to see in the cellar?

This is a bit odd for a farewell story in that it keeps the character that we are saying goodbye to out of the story for most of its running time. This is a blessing, as it concentrates on the Doctor and Charlie, and recaptures some of the old spirit between the two, before all the emoting (what is it with all the d@mned emoting in more recent Dr Who? The rot set in with the TV movie, and I yearn for the days when the Doc would step out of the TARDIS and kick some alien @rse with a well polished boot rather than having to deal with all this emotional baggage. Sometimes there is so much baggage that the script writers have lost sight of the need to provide a thrilling adventure - rant over...) and C'Rizz got in the way and spoiled the fun relationship between the two. What follows is a fun run around with some dark imagery that leads to a shattering conclusion as C'Rizz finally finds his destiny and makes his own decisions for a change.

It's a decent story, has a well handled farewell to C'rizz, and has a lot of fun and repartee between the Doctor and Charlie. The soundscape is excellent, and really conjures up images of Hell. All in all 4 stars for this above average release.

There is also a set of interviews with cast and crew as extras at the end of both discs. These do tend to fall into the luvvie `everyone involved with this production is just fantastic' or `look at me I am brilliant' sort of interview, but nonetheless are reasonably interesting.
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