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5.0 out of 5 stars I.D and Urgent Calls: Did the moral centre of the Universe shift while I was unconscious?, 25 Feb. 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who - I.D. and Urgent Calls (Big Finish Adventures) (Audio CD)
This is the ninety fourth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as a companionless Six and a very welcome Gyles Brandreth as a main character in I.D. There are two stories here, the first three episodes are an adventure called I.D, the fourth episode a one part story called Urgent Calls. Episodes are roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings within the three parter. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are also some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the both the first and second discs.

In the first story Six arrives in a giant rubbish dump, and of course there are some unpleasant shenanigans going on involving mad brain surgeons, rogue robots and mass murder. With some comments on our throwaway culture and data protection, this is a cracking little story. Being a three parter means that the pace is kept up and it never has time to sag. Baker is excellent in this type of story, all manic energy as he is constantly reacting to the situation and trying to get it under control. Gyles Brandreth is a perfect accompaniment for Six, with his loquacious style and well rounded tones. He has a sense of fun and gets right into the spirit of the production.

In complete contrast, the single episode story is a slower, more intriguing piece, in which the Doctor interacts with someone through the medium of a series of wrong number telephone calls. With Circular Time, the Big Finish crew showed just what they were capable of with single episode sotries that break the mould, and here they do it again for Six. It's a great story, carried by Baker's performance as you hear him on the other end of a telephone line trying to puzzle things out.

Two great stories of a very contrasting nature for the price of one. I like this 3:1 format that Big Finish have developed, and this is an excellent example of just how good the format can be.

There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of discs one and two. These are a bit more interesting than on previous releases as Brandreth and Baker are more interesting interviewees.

All in all 5 stars from me for this entertaining yet contrasting release.
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