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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a legend, 4 Sept. 2012
This review is from: Black and White (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who audio story. This one is the second in the latest trilogy of them to feature the Seventh Doctor, along with his companions Ace and Hex.

It follows directly on from the ending of the first in the trilogy Protect and Survive (Doctor Who).

Those who haven't heard that story should stop reading right now and go to the reviews of that. Because this trilogy is pulling together years worth of long running plot strands, so if you haven't heard protect and survive [plus a fair few of the Seventh Doctor stories that came before it] you will not have a hope of getting into this one.

But if you have heard those, read on.

This story runs for four episodes. Spread over two cd's.

And, as mentioned, continues the story on from the cliffhanger ending to protect and survive. Which does get a brief reprise.

It's not an easy story to review without spoilers.

The first two episodes involve the Doctor's companions trying to find him. They have some great character moments and form some interesting dynamics. Although Ace spends a lot of the story being rather jealous, which does get annoying. The scenes Hex has in these early parts though are great.

More answers as to the mysteries of the bigger storyline that's being presented here are slowly revealed - and they will make you see some earlier stories in a whole new light.

Then the hunt for the Doctor takes the companions back to Europe of long ago. On the track of Beowulf. Every story and legend have an origin. And the TARDIS crew are about to discover the surprising truth about this one.

But will they also find the Doctor?

Once in europe doing the above, this does turn into a more conventional story for a while. And with groups of characters separated and the narrative constantly jumping between them, it does demand a lot of concentration. But this plot strand is ultimately pretty good and does manage to be very moving as well. There's an interesting villain who does have one great line that should make you laugh out loud.

Once all that is resolved the bigger story moves up to another level. As more answers appear and there's a terrific cliffhanger.

But do keep listening, because there is a scene after the credits of part four. Which is even better.

As with protect and survive this gets around Sylvester Mccoy's restricted availability very well. The middle of the story isn't quite as compelling as the beginning. But it does manage to be a decent tale in it's own right and to develop the bigger story of this trilogy very nicely.

A trailer for the final part Gods and Monsters (Doctor Who) is on disc two on the track after the end of part four.

There's fourteen minutes [approx] of music from the story on the final track of disc one.

And twelve minutes [approx] of interviews with cast and crew on the final track of disc two.
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Initial post: 8 Sep 2012 10:08:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Sep 2012 10:11:13 BDT
AdWho says:
Hi Paul, nice review....having just started to get back into big finish I have been using these reviews for guidance! I've just finished listening to Protect and Survive which I loved (although I feel I may not be getting the most from it having not got many 7th Dr, Hex stories) So I was wondering if you could recommend which 7th, Hex stories I should get (when funds permit ;-) to bring myself up to speed? I have no idea why there are a black and a white TARDIS for example? I have just bought Black & White and am worried I won't have a clue whats going on! Anyway, any help would be much appreciated!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2012 21:01:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Sep 2012 21:03:57 BDT
Paul Tapner says:
Ok. You need to start with his debut: the harvest. You also need to then hear the sixth doctor audios project twilight, then project lazarus. A plotline from that is resolved in arrangements for war, but its not relevant to the hex story. But you do need to then hear thicker than water, which is relevant to hex and works better if youve heard arrangements for war.

Then back to the seventh doctor: the magic mousetrap. enemy of the daleks. the angel o scutari [which explains why the tardis is white].

Then: project destiny. A death in the family. lurkers at twilights edge.

Then: robophobia, the doomsday quatrain. house of blue fire. all these three feature the seventh doctor on his own. and then protect and survive.

The three with the doctor on his own dont feature hex but are very relevant to the storyline....

septemberscompanion chronicle [the title of which escapes me at present but its another one that begins with project:] features a character you will have met at the end of protect and survive, so it may be relevant. But it's not out yet. I will review it when I get it.

There was an ongoing thread in other hex stories - that I havent listed - which dealt with his relationship with ace - this one is resolved in project destiny but it's not essential to the storyline of the current trilogy, so I havent listed those ones.

Any other questions, please dont hesitate to ask.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Sep 2012 10:10:10 BDT
AdWho says:
That's great Paul, thanks. I've got 3 or 4 of these stories which I didn't know were relevant...so I guess I'll have to go back and re-listen....and then I guess I need to get the credit card out! Fingers crossed Big Finish have another sale soon!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Oct 2012 19:14:47 BDT
Paul Tapner says:
Project: Nirvana (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)

Set in between house of blue fire and protect and survive, but best listened to after you've heard black and white. Because it works better if you have some familiarity with the characters by then. This isn't essential in order to understand black and white and gods and monsters, but it's a very good story and does add an excellent amount of depth to one character in particular. So it's worth getting.

Posted on 30 May 2014 00:44:06 BDT
Excellent informative helpful review Paul as ever you continue to deliver the goods in your reviews.
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