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3.0 out of 5 stars Stream Encounters?, 22 Jan 2014
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This review is from: The Hollows of Time (Doctor Who: The Lost Stories) (Audio CD)
Cd Info.
2xCD of a 2 episode story, Running time 120 minutes, Trailer, Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)Stream is a anagram for Master who was the villian in the original draft & is here really it's just that the right's were not allowed for use as the Master was appearing in David Tennants final Doctor Who episodes The End Of Time.
2)the Tractators appeared in Frontios a Fifth Doctor tv adventure starring Peter Davison which was also written by Christopher.H.Bidmead.
3)David Garfield appeared twice in tv Doctor Who in Second Doctor's final adventure The War Games episode 6 as Von Weich & the Fourth Doctor adventure The Face Of Evil as Neeva.

Review.
The Sixth Doctor & Peri are trying to recall what has just happened to them recently, Now back aboard the Tardis there mind's are hazy to present day events that they struggle to recollect anything that has happened recently?

The Doctor recalls taking a holiday & he & Perl visited a friend of his the Reverend Foxwell in the sleepy English village of Hollowdean.

Piecing together the clues the Doctor deducts remembering a mysterious chauffeur & the Reverend Foxwell's experiments which could infact alter the nature of reality causing spacious anomalies.

Adding further to the mystery is that witnesses claim including a young boy named Simon have seen huge sand creatures on the dunes.

What is the hollows of time & why is it that everyone in Hollowtown seems so loyal & devoted to Professor Stream?

Just who is this Professor Stream he seems to know a lot about the Doctor but is Stream a friend or foe?

The Doctor has many Questions but will he find any answers?

Timelord Thoughts.

Liked.
The story was intriguing & had some decent elements especially the mystery parts to the adventure & it's blatantly obvious Professor Stream is The Master without mentioning his actual name but in what incarnation it is never revealed.

Good performances by Colin Baker & Nicola Bryant who's chemistry together keep this story moving.

Disliked.
The ending seemed very rushed & the story lost it's way becoming incoherent & at times very slowly paced.

I know a fair amount was edited out of this story but maybe as a Three part story adding another 1 hour would've made it into a 3 hour audio adventure just might have improved the narrative of the story somewhat.

This story just doesn't work despite a few good moment's & is one of the weaker story's in the lost stories range.
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Initial post: 23 Jan 2014 11:16:44 GMT
Tim Bradley says:
This was an odd one for me.
I enjoyed it but couldn't quite get what was going on in terms of plot and development as it seemed rather convoluted and lost on me.
I liked the Master reference and found Chris Bidmead's writing very intriguing, but I did find it rather complex and hard to follow.
Perhaps it's the lack of Tractators involved in action that did it for me. It's certain no 'Frontios'.
Great review. Tim.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2014 11:46:56 GMT
Timelord007 says:
They edited a far chunk out the script, If this had been a 3 parter 3 hour story it may actually improved the narrative somewhat.

Thanks for the feedback Tim.
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