1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Forty Five: Forty five minutes to find an impossible murderer and save the earth? Easy.,
This review is from: Forty Five (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the hundred and fifteenth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Philip Olivier as Hex. This is another of the anthologies of four stories that Big Finish are wont to produce to mark anniversaries, and this marks forty five years since Ian and Barbara first followed the mysterious Susan home to a junkyard and a mysterious blue box. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of each disc.
Each of the episodes is a self contained adventure but linked by the number forty-five featuring prominently in each. The four episodes are:
False Gods - An interesting start to the set, the Doctor Ace and Hex wind up in the presence of the great Howard Carter on an archaeological exploration in Egypt, some years before the dig that would make him famous. The piece ends with a rather dramatic and moving scene, which allows Sylvester McCoy to show just what Seven is all about with a rather fine piece of acting that evokes both rage and sorrow. It's a good story, enhanced byt the presence of Benedict Cumberbatch as Carter.
Order of Simplicity - Probably the weakest story in the set. Seven, Ace and Hex answer a mysterious signal with a code hidden in it. They are soon up to their eyeballs in a gothic mystery full of mad scientists and frightening creatures. It's OK, but not as satisfying as the others on the set.
Casualties Of War - A perfect piece. It's VE day, and Seven, Ace and Hex are in town to track down some alien technology that is being misused. Fans of the Curse of Fenric will enjoy meeting Ace's family again. Hex and the Doctor get some nice moments as the truth of Hex's heritage is explored, and there is a satisfying return of an old foe. It's a piece for long time fans of the series, but perfectly executed and an absolute delight.
The Word Lord - The best episode on the set. Seven, Ace and Hex are in a secret base where an impossible murder has just occurred. They have just 45 minutes to solve it and save the world, but a new foe for the Doctor has other ideas. The concept of the foe is brilliantly realised, and the ending is breathtaking. I loved it.
In all a decent release in which each of the three regulars gets their moment to shine, especially Sophie Aldred who seems to be having a lot of fun. Episode 2 is a bit weak, but apart from that excellent. 4 stars.