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5.0 out of 5 stars Brewster's back, 15 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Dr Who 143 the Crimes of Thomas Brewster (Dr Who Big Finish) (Audio CD)
A new Doctor Who audio story featuring Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, and the start of a new trilogy of stories for him.

This one is the first in a couple of years to feature Evelyn Smythe, his long term audio companion.

And it also sees the return of a couple of other characters from earlier audios.

Victorian mudlark Thomas Brewster, who travelled with the Fifth Doctor for a short while, first appearing in The Haunting of Thomas Brewster (Doctor Who).

And Mancunian policewoman Patricia Menzies, who first encountered the Sixth Doctor in The Condemned (Doctor Who).

For Patricia, this story takes place after her earlier meetings with the Doctor. But for him, it takes place before then. How the characters deal with this is very clever and deals with continuity questions very nicely.

Will all that and the return of past characters confuse casual listeners?

Possibly not because there's enough exposition in here to make sure that those who don't follow the range regularly should have little trouble getting into this.

This story runs for four episodes of twenty five to twenty nine minutes approx, and is spread over two discs.

It sees the Doctor and Evelyn being attacked by a robot insect whilst visiting present day london, and this drawing them into a web of east end crime. There's a gang war going on, and one of the gangs is lead by a mysterious man called 'The Doctor.' Patricia Menzies has been called in because of her experience of dealing with this man. But there are far more to the Doctor's schemes that meet the eye, and the survival of a couple of worlds are at stake as a result.

Starting off at a great pace and never letting up for the first two parts, these are great fun thanks to sharp dialogue and some very witty exchanges. Everything happens as a result of character interaction and they all go together very well. A strong cliffhanger to part two takes the story off in a surprising new direction, and the gradual unfolding of the schemes of 'the Doctor' constantly surprises as more of the plot is revealed.

It does get very involved in the last two episodes and you do need to keep your concentration to get the most out of them. But Brewster and the Doctor and Evelyn have the makings of an excellent trio, all sparking off each other superbly. And in addition to some memorable funny moments there are a couple of poignant ones that will stick with you for a while.

Besides, any story that has so much going on can be enjoyed more than once as you'll most likely find something new each time, and that's a good thing.

A strong start to what should be a very good trilogy. It ends on a cliffhanger that leads into the second story of this run The Feast of Axos (Doctor Who).

A trailer for that can be found after the final episode on disc two.

There's roughly eleven minutes of music from the story on the final track of disc one.

And nineteen minutes of very entertaining interviews with cast and crew on the final track of disc two.
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Initial post: 30 Oct 2013 22:05:24 GMT
Great story by Eddie Robson.

Good structured review by your good self.
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