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This review is from: The Holy Terror (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This tale examines every cliche about Doctor Who possible in a completely fresh way. I did not get the joke that it is a four parter the length of a six parter until I read the above review. Indeed looking at the length on the back nearly put me off listening to it. But surprisingly there was no padding whatsoever. The joke about the corridors was fantastic. The Doctor when he thinks he has met the villains is equally funny.
This story also has elements of horror in it too. In fact its attempt to delve into the motive of the typical Who villain is inspired.
The story is populated with characters, not merely bodies to say lines enhance the plot or die. Indeed the acting is at the highest level I have heard from Big Finish.
The Doctor - This could very well be Colin Baker's best ever performance. Funny and I believe this may be the first time since Troughton we see a Doctor showing such fear as when he realises what is happening. There is a scene in part four where he has an exchange with Clovis which is one of the best scenes any Doctor has featured in.
Frobisher - He is very funny. His storyline gives him a lot of development and he has grown on me a lot.
Pepin - Very good. The actor who had to play him shows a wide variation of acting skills. He has a lot to do which is so subtle you may miss most of it.
Berengaria - Being an Eastenders hater I was expecting her to be c**p. But she had some of the best scenes and lines of the story. She has gone up a lot in my estimations.
Livilla - What a b***h. Still did her job and was an excellent love to hate her character.
Tacticus - I have great memories from watching Sam Kelly in Allo Allo and On The Up and he gave me even more great memories. He showed a side to his acting skills I would never have guessed he had.
Clovis - Very good, started off as one thing and changed into another. Faded a bit as the story went on but has some great scenes.
Childeric - He didn't really grab me as a listner. But he was a very good psychopath.
In the end I like this story a lot and believe that Big Finish have released their best two stories in the form of this and Scourge. But ultimately people's opinions of this story will rest on what people think of the end. Whether it went to far, or was it not justified? I like this ending but believe it to be adult in tone.
One way to see how amazing this story is, is to play the opening and end scene, listen to how different they are and you will see how the story changed and evolved.