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House of fear,
This review is from: House of Blue Fire (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Latest Doctor Who audio story, and third and final one in a trilogy that feature Sylvester Mccoy as the Seventh Doctor. Travelling on his own with no companions.
Although this is billed as a trilogy all three stories have stood on their own, with only one throwaway line of dialogue in each that hints at something strange having happened tying the three together. Thus this one can be listened to quite easily by casual listeners as you don't need to have heard the others in order to understand it.
It runs for four episodes, which are each twenty five minutes [approx] in duration, and is spread across two cd's.
The story has a set up straight out of horror movie. As it begins with a young woman arriving at a strange country house. She is greeted by a butler who tells her that she is expected. But she can't remember her name. Or how she got there. Or what might be going on.
Meeting another guest who has similar problems, the two investigate.
But where is the Doctor?
The first episode zips along nicely keeping the listener on tenterhooks as you await revelations about what's going on here. It does start to develop more plot right at the end. But then the cliffhanger is a bit predictable and thus doesn't quite have the impact it should.
Part two however is excellent stuff. The Doctor is as vague with giving out answers as ever. But we find that all the guests at the house are afraid of certain things. All of which might come back to haunt them.
This is a splendidly creepy episode that uses the audio medium to it's full effect. And has a brilliant cliffhanger which makes the story take a rather surprising twist.
After which a lot has to be explained and thus part three is mostly exposition. But it is quite interesting stuff. And there's another brilliant cliffhanger which promises a superb final part.
That part doesn't quite live up to it though because it's a typical fourth episode in many ways. Since what it exists to do is wrap everything up. Thus things are done to deal with the main threat. Schemes and confrontations and daring escapes result.
The ending does promise a big change in the Doctor's life. Will it actually happen? We shall have to wait and see as the next few releases involve other Doctors.
A well written and well acted story, it is very good horror at points, but as whole it's just not quite as brilliant as it could be. it's very good though, and it's worth four stars out of five.
There are also nine minutes [approx] of music from the story at the end of disc one.
A trailer for the next release in this range after episode four on disc two.
And roughly fourteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew after that.