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4.0 out of 5 stars Night Night Doctor Sleep Tight, 21 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: Nocturne (Doctor Who Big Finish) (Audio CD)
Nocturne.
Writer: Dan Abnett.
Director: John Ainsworth.
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs.
Running time 120 minutes.

Cast.
The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy.
Ace - Sophie Aldred.
Hex - Philip Olivier.
Korbin Thessinger - Trevor Bannister.
Will Alloran - Paul David-Gough.
Lothar Ragpole - Eric Potts.
Lilian Dillane - Ann Rye.
Oberst Cate Reeney / Familiars - Helen Kay.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)The Fifth Doctor once visited Nocturne in the company of Tegan Jovanka. The Seventh Doctor describes it as being "a particularly lively visit."
2)The Doctor has visited Nocturne on at least once before during his seventh incarnation. Since neither Ace nor Hex have ever been to Nocturne before, it must have been during his travels with Melanie Bush.
3)Lilian Dillane comments that it is quite a novelty for the Doctor not to have regenerated between visits to Nocturne.
4)Prior to this incident, the Doctor had visited Glasst City a total of eight times over the course of the previous 30 years.
5)During a visit to Glasst City five years earlier, the Doctor became embroiled in a cover-up over an attempted Foucoo assassination of the executives of the War Department. He had only visited to catch up with friends.
6)The people of Nocturne are serviced by robots known as Familiars, all of whom are female.
7)Writer Dan Abnett also wrote Big Finishes Seventh Doctor audio The Harvest featuring Hex's debut adventure.
8)This was the last sleeve to feature these illustrations as from the next release the formatting structure changed on the sleeve design.

Plot Synopsis.
On the human colony planet Nocturne, there is suffering and blight, tragic symptoms of an ages-old war. Never the less, Nocturne is also one of the Doctor's favourite places in all of time & space, because it is here that a late, great flowering of human art -- the High Renaissance -- is taking place.

He has been back here, many times. It is a place of music and art which he finds inspirational & uplifting, It is a place he wants to share with Ace and Hex, It's always been a safe haven for him, a world of friends & laughter.

But with strict Martial Law imposed on the front-line city & the brutal scourge of interstellar warfare voicing the system, how safe can anyone really be?

There is a note of death in the wild, midnight wind...

Timelord Thoughts.
This is an enjoyable audio adventure written by Dan Abnett who captures the Seventh Doctor era well, Sylvester McCoy plays the Doctor with wonderful wit & relaxation yet allows a certain unpredictability to his seventh incarnation always keeping his companions Ace & Hex who are at their most relaxed & unguarded in the dark about events, here the Seventh Doctor has brought them to Nocturne which is one of the Doctors favourite places to relax, however his arrival this time is anything but relaxing as the Tardis trio are flung into the mysterious goings on in Nocturne.

The characters of Korbin Thessinger (Trevor Bannister), a brilliant composer & Lothar Ragpole (Eric Potts) are well written allowing the listeners to get to know there characters but what works so well within this story is the dynamic between the three regulars really carries this play as writer Dan Abnett has created a delightful beautiful realised world beautifully brought to life on audio by sound designer Steve Foxon.

What lets the play down slightly is a main villian to challenge the Doctor which is a great pity as Nocturne lacks the punch of a good old-fashioned monster or villain, as its future city is plagued by an unseen menace reminded me of another Seventh Doctor audio titled Red while the monster of sound is very similar to the Sixth Doctor Big Finish audio adventure Whispers of Terror & Ish making Nocturne somehow have a feeling of overfamiliarity about it.

Overall this Seventh Doctor audio adventure gets more right than it does wrong & features a charming performance by Sylvester McCoy making Nocturne not a classic Doctor Who adventure but a damm good one.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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Initial post: 21 Jun 2014 21:40:23 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Agree totally with your review, timelord007. The characters are well written and portrayed, but there is insufficient suspense I think in this story to make it really memorable.
Great review!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jun 2014 21:53:36 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
Cheers KR, I like this story it's relationship between the three leds wonderfully written.

Pity Dan Abnett don't write more Big Finish he's a good writer.

Posted on 21 Jun 2014 22:15:23 BDT
rbmusicman says:
Again a very interesting and descriptive review, the planet 'Nocturne' once idyllic
turned into a Planet, just like Earth.
There seems to be a vast audio library to collect, must be one of the largest series
of collectables out there.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jun 2014 23:14:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jun 2014 00:25:09 BDT
Timelord-007 says:
Well Big Finish has been producing classic Doctor Who with Doctors 1-8 for 15 years & there has to be well over 300+ stories which I own every single release & have all this years monthly releases & specials pre-ordered already lol.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jun 2014 23:57:51 BDT
rbmusicman says:
Must admit pre-order wise, as soon as a film I'm interested in appears
on site, I've got it pre-ordered....the same applies of course to music.
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