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Phobos - Frightening times for the Doctor and Lucie,
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This review is from: Phobos (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
First released in 2006, this is the fifth episode of a of the first standalone series for Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor outside of the monthly range of Big Finish releases. This is a one disc release, with a single 50 minute episode. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc.
This is another excellent release in this range. The Doctor and Lucie arrive on Phobos, which is now a place for adrenaline junkies to go and take part in extreme sports. But just what are the monsters that they have been warned about? When dead bodies start turning up they must delve into a deep and frightening mystery.
It's a nicely paced piece, with high octane action sequences interspersed with well done, slower paced character moments. As befits the Eighth Doctor following (presumably) his adventures in the divergent Universe with Charlotte Pollard, there is a melancholic tone to the piece, and to McGann's increasingly excellent and complex portrayal of his Doctor. The big action set pieces play well to his adventurous side (and to the character of Lucie) and the grand finale really takes great advantage of the darker side of his nature. Sheridan Smith continues to impress as Lucie, and the chemistry between her and McGann is a real joy to listen to. Also of note are Timothy West and Nerys Hughes as the older members of the Phobos fraternity, who look upon the younger members almost as children. Their story is touching and played out beautifully by these two experienced actors.
It's a thrill ride of a release, 5 stars.