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1.0 out of 5 stars Appallingly Adventure That Left Me In The Dark, 13 July 2014
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This review is from: The Dark Husband (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who: The Dark Husband.
Doctor: Seventh Doctor.
Companion(s): Ace, Hex.
Main setting: Tuin.
Writer: David Quantick.
Director: Nicholas Briggs.
Release number: 106.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 120 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Cast.
The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy.
Ace - Sophie Aldred.
Hex - Philip Olivier.
Ori - Danny Webb.
Irit - Andy B Newb.
Tuin - Benny Dawb.
Bard - Katarina Olsson.
Bard - Sean Connolly.
Trivia.
1)Ace mentions the musical groups Right Said Fred & The Rolling Stones.
2)Tuin is known as the Brewery of the Galaxy as its beer houses boast 1,400 different varieties of ale.
3)Glastonbury Festival appears to still be running in the 2020s.
4)Andy B Newb and Benny Dawb are anagrams of Danny Webb.
5)Ace compares being surrounded by torch-bearing natives to the fate of Frankenstein's monster in the novel Frankenstein, During his Eighth incarnation, the Doctor would later meet the novel's author Mary Shelley at the Villa Diodati near Lake Geneva in Switzerland in June 1816, She became one of his companions, travelling with him for several years. (Audio: Mary's Story, The Silver Turk, The Witch & The Well, Army Of Death).

Plot Synopsis.
A week-long respite from a prolonged & bloody war, the Festival of the Twin Moons of Tuin makes Glastonbury look like a church fete... or so the brochure says. The Doctor & Ace are looking for rest & recreation while Hex is looking for the beer tent.

But eternal enemies the ginger-haired Ri & the coot-bald Ir are plotting to turn their Festival truce to their own advantage, Only the Dark Husband might stop the celebrations turning to horror... but who is the Dark Husband? & what terror awaits him on his wedding night?

If anyone knows any just cause or impediment... speak now. The lives of billions depend on it.

Timelord Thoughts.
Doctor Who at times contains moments of humour but here it tries to tell a 4 part story as a comedy romp type adventure it falls flat on it's face which is exactly what happens in this awful Seventh Doctor adventure The Dark Husband.

Just what were the writer David Quantick & the script editor thinking (Oh they weren't obviously) when they greenlight production on The Dark Husband?, It's a hideously cringeworthy embarrassing farce while the alien menace The Ri & Ir are insipid ridiculous appalling creatures who approach marriage & war in the most unconvincing plot I've ever heard in Doctor Who or any other Sci-Fi series for that matter, I wanted to eject this adventure from the CD player & throw it in the bin as it's an embarrassment to Doctor Who as the Star Wars Holiday Special is to George Lucas superb saga.

This story should be banished from existence as Sylvester McCoy gives potentially his worst ever performance as the Doctor that's including Paradise Towers while Sophie Aldred as Ace basically just shouts a lot even Philip Olivier as Hex is badly characterised & delivers an awkward performance.

Overall, There's nothing to recommend The Dark Husband, David Quantick has never written another Doctor Who adventure (Thank God) & this story is well known for being loathed by the majority of Doctor Who fan's, yet I was hoping I could find something in this adventure to merit a little praise but alas the only thing of merit in this adventure is the closing theme music, Avoid at all costs.
Timelord Rating.
1/10
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Initial post: 13 Jul 2014 21:26:55 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Blimey! That's telling it how it is timelord007!
Fair enough review, there's no doubt you just didn't like this one.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2014 21:28:59 BDT
Timelord007 says:
Whatever gave you that idea lol.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2014 21:37:58 BDT
Keen Reader says:
I didn't even have to get my crystal ball out for that one :-)

Posted on 13 Jul 2014 21:45:07 BDT
Number13 says:
Wow, a 1/10 review!
I guess this isn't one of the best audios then, but I enjoyed the review!

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2014 21:52:53 BDT
Timelord007 says:
This is a awful audio which is very rare as Big Finish usually deliver quality story's, but this was a utter joke of unfunny nonsense.

Posted on 13 Jul 2014 22:11:00 BDT
rbmusicman says:
Really ??
Nothing more to say really.
Honest reviewing 'Doc'

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2014 09:01:23 BDT
Timelord007 says:
This is truly a terrible story my friend.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2014 09:10:08 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jul 2014 11:39:30 BDT
A. N. Other says:
It's one of the biggest, if not THE biggest turkey in the history of Big Finish. When I think that I've actually sat, and listened to it, I shudder! AAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!!!!

Posted on 14 Jul 2014 11:08:20 BDT
Caligula II. says:
O my! A bad Dr. Who? LOL. Very good an detailed review anyway!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2014 11:37:58 BDT
Timelord007 says:
Cheer mate, it happens from time to time.
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