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Tribute for Sylvester McCoy - Celebrating 50 Years of Doctor Who,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Shockwave (Destiny of the Doctor 7) (Audio CD)
This is another exciting and thrilling adventure in time and space in the `Destiny of the Doctor' series.
It's July 2013 and Big Finish and AudioGo continue their colloraboration in their seventh instalment for the series - `Shockwave' (though due to it being a hot sunny month in the UK, it's more of a `heat wave').
This story is read by one actor/actress who played a companion in the TV series, and a guest star playing one of the supporting characters. The story stars Sophie Aldred as Ace (companion to Sylvester McCoy's Doctor) and narrates the story in the third person. Guest staring opposite Sophie is Ian Brooker playing Captain OhOne.
Unlike previous `Destiny' releases set in Earth's past (the previous one - 'Trouble in Paradise'), this story is set in the far future on alien planet called Tarsus Six. The Doctor and his companion Ace arrive there and find the planet under threat by an incoming shockwave, about to kill millions of people. The Doctor however has come for an ulterior reason as he comes to collect a message in a box called `the Voice of Stone' that has been calling to him for some time. Ace as ever is in left in the dark and is determined to find out why they have come to Tarsus Six in the first place.
During Sylvester McCoy's reign as the Doctor, there were a varity of stories ranging from the outlandish comedies to the sensational thrillers. On TV there were stories such as 'Remembrance Of The Daleks' and 'Survival'; and since then through Big Finish audios we had stories like 'Nocturne' and 'Forty Five'. There has also been lots of Virgin novels featuring the Seventh Doctor published during the wilderness years such as `Love and War' (now an audio drama).
'Shockwave', featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace, was written by James Swallow. He is known for contributing stories to `Star Trek Voyager' and for writing for the Seventh Doctor before in the Cybermen story 'Kingdom of Silver'. I really enjoyed his story for Seven and Ace and it was easy to follow with his use of descriptions in space as well as the shockwave and the Tarsus planet.
I really like Ace in `Doctor Who'. I've had the pleasure of meeting Sophie Aldred at conventions. She's a really lovely and friendly person. I've enjoyed watching as Ace in the TV series as well as in audio, playing this stroppy teenager from Perivale. Ace has had a central role in many of the stories during her time on the series, gaining character development in 'Ghost Light', `The Curse of Fenric' and `Survival'. I've managed to write for Ace in one of my own personal stories, and have written for her again in another story to celebrate the Seventh Doctor era.
I've now met Sophie five times now. Recently in Slough in August and Swansea in September. She signed the CD cover for this story in Slough. Sophie's still as lovely as ever and has said to me I'm good at complimenting people when I said she did a really good Sylvester McCoy impression. She told me to keep it up.
Of course for those who are fans of Ace and are into listening to the Big Finish audios and reading the novels, this is the `young' Ace travelling with the Doctor before meeting later companions like Raine Creevy, Hex and Benny Summerfield.
Sophie is brilliant in this story. Ace's compassion for other people is developed in this story as well as her close and some fractious relationship with the Doctor. I was very impressed and thrilled to hear Sophie's Scottish impersonation of Sylvester McCoy's Doctor in this story. It really feels like Sylvester's in the story with her. Sophie of course has done a number of audiobooks for the BBC as well as doing a companion chronicle for Big Finish called 'The Prisoner's Dilemma' (which was part of `The Key 2 Time' audio series). I found Sophie's voice very easy to follow when listening to this and she manages to pitch the right level of `young Ace' in this story as well as for the other characters such as Nine Jay and Kay Seven.
Ian Brooker was great to listen to as well. I first hear Ian in `The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories' with Peter Davison and Sarah Sutton, so I knew who he was already and recognised his voice. He plays Captain OhOne, a captain in turmoil trying to save lives from the incoming shockwave and wants to be reunited with his wife. I really enjoyed those scenes when OhOne is dismayed when the Doctor and Ace break into the vault and is uncertain to trust them ever again.
Of course as the story progresses, the Doctor soon discovers the message he's been looking for is from his future self - the Eleventh Doctor - who tells him to save OhOne from certain death. There are some interesting revelations about the Eleventh Doctor in terms of what's going to happen later on in the series, particularly in the final story which I'm really looking forward to. And as before, Sophie does a really good interpretation of Matt Smith's Doctor, as for all the other actors who have done Eleventh Doctor impersonations in other `Destiny' releases.
So to sum up, `Shockwave' is another cracking good story from the `Destiny of the Doctor' series. A lovely performance and narration from Sophie, and a very good strong plot. I really like how `Destiny' releases have turned out as there's something really extra special about them in a way to celebrate Doctor Who's 50th anniversary. I'm now looking forward to next number of releases with the `New Series' Doctors and companions later in the year, which should be exciting.
The next story in the `Destiny of the Doctor' series is an Eighth Doctor adventure with Charley Pollard called - 'Enemy Aliens'
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Initial post: 18 Oct 2013 23:55:30 BDT
I totally agree with this review exellent.
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Tim Bradley says:
Glad you agree with this review.
Thanks for your comment. Tim.
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