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The Apocalypse Element (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Aug 2000

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (1 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903654017
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903654019
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 571,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Mar. 2015
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Listening to Gallifrey VI, Romana makes reference to a time when she was a prisoner of the Daleks on Etra Prime. I thought I should re-listen to this story, which is the aftermath of that time in Romana’s life. This story is important for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is the first ‘official’ reference to Romana’s return to normal space from her time in E-Space, where she left the Fourth Doctor in ‘Warrior’s Gate’ and can be seen as leading into the Gallifrey Big Finish audio series. It is also reference-worthy to the Dalek Empire Big Finish audio series, where the further machinations of the Daleks relating to this story are referenced, particularly in regard to the Seriphia galaxy. The incidents on Etra Prime could also reasonably be seen as important early shots in the ultimate Time War between the Daleks and the Time Lords on Gallifrey. The Monan Host are introduced for the first time in this story. They are referenced heavily in the BF Gallifrey audio series, and are important as introductions to the concept of other temporal powers having time travel capabilities. This story follows on closely from the story in ‘The Genocide Machine’, and the story is continued after ‘The Apocalypse Element’ in ‘The Mutant Phase’, concluding in ‘The Time of the Daleks’. For these reasons, and because this story is actually very good, I would thoroughly recommend it.

The story is one of two parts (each part of two episodes); the first part of the story takes place on Archetryx, where temporal powers are gathering to share information. Archetryx has for the last twenty years been notable mainly for the disappearance from its orbit of Etra Prime, where many scientists and other personnel disappeared along with the planetoid.
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This is the eleventh release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six and Maggie Stables as Evelyn. It also sees the return of favourite old companion Romana II (played by the ever lovely Lalla Ward) to the Whoniverse. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some notes from the author.

As other reviewers have said, the scale of this adventure is really BIG. The tinpot dictators have, as ever, a plan to take over the universe. It's complicated, involving disappearing planets, a kidnapped time lady and lots of running around screaming `Exterminate', `Obey' and other motivational phrases. The scope and ambition of the story is almost too much for a hundred minute audio adventure, with lots and lots going on as things reach a final thrilling dénouement.

Credit to the Big Finish team, they manage to hold it all together. The script is excellent, and allows all the actors to shine. Baker is in form as Six, all galloping energy and imperiousness but with less arrogance and more compassion than his TV persona. Romana is given a high impact re-entry, and Lalla Ward plays it to perfection. Big Finish have done well with the Daleks, and in this and their previous appearance (the excellent Genocide Machine) they have managed to do something new with them, amplifying their cunning, ruthlessness and dedication to the masterplan. The audio effects are window rattling, and there is plenty of high energy action. It's entertaining, thrilling and in places moving. A credit to all involved and one of my favourite stories in the entire range. 5 stars.
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The daleks have been done to death in doctor who, not many people now do good stories featuring these old classic but in my opinion overrated monsters. But it is great that nearly every big finish play to feature the daleks has been excellent, with new and fresh ideas to revive a waning monster. The guys at big finish always seem to bring back monsters well that otherwise wouldnt even be that interesting. New stories and new yarns are what are needed!

The apocalypse element is BIG. its one of the few big finish audios that really sound like a film on disc. most stories are great doctor who stories on audio, but not as grand as to make them feel like a film. One of the things about this play is its scale. And it involves Romana, closer to her screen persona than the confused and mixed up idiot she is in the far too politically based spin 0ff series gallifrey. I like Romana as a character and i feel she is badly done in the gallifrey series. But in all of her doctor who appearances she is nearer to her screen counterpart and this is one of her best performances as a captive of the daleks. This story develops well and at quite a fast pace considering how long this play is. But it is highly entertaining with plenty of great dalek moments. They are totally psychotic on this one i tell you. And there are plenty of great and gross moments. Colin Baker of course is on top form as the underappreciated sixth doctor, and Maggie Stables is brilliant as Evelyn.

So, all in all this is a fine adventure, a lot mkore enjoyable than Stephen's last effort for the big finish series.
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