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4.0 out of 5 stars Praise be, 6 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: The Elite (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
A new Doctor Who in the series of them which takes stories that never made it to the tv screen back in the day, and gives listeners the chance to hear what might have been.

This one features Peter Davison as the Doctor. Along with Sarah Sutton and Janet Fielding as compansions Nyssa and Tegan.

It runs for four episodes of thirty minutes each [approx] and is spread across two discs.

The story - set right after Tegan rejoined the TARDIS crew - sees them head off to a paradise planet. Only for the ship to be drawn off course and land in strange city. A city of young people. On a world where war rages. And people are fighting for the glory of the elite.

Meantime, as the Doctor investigates, the local high priest is watching. And looking forward to getting re-acquainted....

Regular releases in this range of audios do tell stories that are written specifically for audio. But the lost stories are different because they try to re-create the tv style of the era they come from. As the inlay to this one makes clear.

And there's a fair amount of nostalgic delight to be had from that fact. This story could have been done on tv back in the 1980's quite easily. It only has a few locations [and makes a good joke about that] there's a long TARDIS scene and a reference to an earlier story at the beginning [and an explanation as to why Tegan stuck with that outfit]. Although one major difference is that for once Tegan does exactly what she's told.

The story does offer some interesting moral food for thought, as what is going on the planet is gradually made clear. And it allows for the fifth doctor to have some very strong moments. Bamboozling those who would try to keep him custody. And threatening people not to cross him in a manner more akin to the tenth.

Tegan does get to make a new friend and do a few things other than moan.

The identity of the high priest may seem obvious but it isn't quite what you may think. And the script does do things with the character in part three that are a bit of a surprise.

Whilst the resolution may be a bit predictable the final few scenes are excellent, with another big surprise. And more food for thought, in this case in regards to a moral dilemma caused by the Doctor's involvement.

Each episode does feel slightly overlong at thirty minutes but that's the only flaw with an enjoyable story. For a brief while, it's like it's 1983 all over again.

There's a trailer for the next release in this range after the end of part four.

And roughly fifteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the final two tracks of both discs. [You may wish to avoid listening to those on disc one till after you've heard all of the story otherwise you will get at least one spoiler.]
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Initial post: 30 Oct 2013 21:46:21 GMT
Love the reveal in thi tory Paul.

Very very good written review.
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