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4.0 out of 5 stars Clocks Ticking For The Seventh Doctor's Era In This Chilling Adventure, 27 Oct. 2013
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A chilling story from Red's Stuart Sheargold who delivers an genuine creepy story here set abroad a space station in deep space.
Plus Spider's Shadow a 1 part adventure.

Sylvester McCoy delivers a performance of a Timelord whom knows the end is nigh for this incarnation playing the weariness of his Seventh incarnation excellently.

Dont like the 3 part /1 part set up.

That music to Madame Butterfly in the background sounds vaguely familiar?
Astronaut Ridley is a reference to Alien/Prometheus Director Ridley Scott.

This story has echoes of Alien to this adventure, As a accident in deep space effects Astronaut Ridley but back at the space station Ridley is barely alive but something evil has returned from space with him.

The Seventh Doctor responds to a distress call & arrives in the Tardis on what appears to be an abandoned space station above a Alien world.

But all hell breaks loose when an infected Ridley breaks free now infected with a virus called Decay is attempting to effect others on the space station, As this infection could in fact threaten the whole of mankind.

The Doctor leads a small group of survivors in a attempt to get to the escape shuttle but will they live long enough to escape & with the computer acting strangely hampering there escape attempt will they survive or will the Dar Trader's whom association with Death destroy everything that humanity stands for?

There an echo to the Tenth Doctor tv story Silence In The Library here due to a similar theme of a human that gets infected in a Astronaut suit but this audio adventure adds one of the creepiest voices yet in a Big Finish play.

This is a thrilling adventure tightly written full of tension & gothic horror & let's just say not a happy ending for everybody involved.

Stuart Sheargold is Big Finishes go to guy for chilling horror as with his other story Red also featuring the Seventh Doctor really knows how to write a chilling Doctor Who story.

One senses the end is nigh for this incarnation of the Doctor echoed by the subtle hint of Porcini's Madame Butterfly which music was used in the Tv Movie when the Seventh Doctor was dying on the operating table.

Not sold on the 3 part & 1 part structure though as i prefer the 4 or 6 parters.

But this is an exception as The Death Collectors is a truly frightening adventure.

Spider's Shadow.
This is a 1 part adventure dealing with a war with a royal family & Alien spider's.

But why are the spiders attacking? What actually is the war about?

The Doctor arrives & investigates the mystery but can he provide a solution & stop the bloodshed between the humans & spider's?

This is a exellent story hampered by being a 1 parter as I'd love to have heard a proper 4 part story to this adventure.

Cramming the story into 25 minutes doesn't do this mini story justice as there's a great concept here for a larger scale adventure.

Sylvester McCoy is great as ever but with just 25 minutes to tell the story this format does Big Finish no favours at all.

To round up my review although i dislike the narrative structure of 3 & 1 part story's, on this occasion both adventures deliver thanks to a great writer in Stuart Sheargold & a superb performance by Sylvester McCoy.

Highly Recommended Audio Adventure.
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Initial post: 28 Oct 2013 04:03:17 GMT
Keen Reader says:
For some reason, I don't seem to have this cd! Shocking omission on my part, which will need to be remedied ...
Good review, thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2013 13:01:14 GMT
Timelord-007 says:
This is a chilling story well worth getting.
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