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The Architects of History (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Mar 2010

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844354350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844354351
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1 x 13.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Format: Audio CD
This is the one hundred and thirty second release from Big Finish in their range of audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. This one stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven and Tracey Childs as Klein. The release has four episodes, two episodes per disc on two discs. Each episode is 25-30 minutes long and has cliffhanger endings and original theme music between each episode. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of disc one, and the end of disc two features a few minutes of incidental music from the production.

Following the events of `Survival of the Fittest', Klein is busy rewriting history her way. Not just trying to restore her timeline, but improving on it. Or improving on it in her mind at least. But things just keep going wrong and she is forever having to tinker with history to get things to go right. On the new Nazi outpost on the moon she is suddenly faced with a threat that should not exist in the form of an invasion force of Selachians, fearsome marine predators in environment suits that allow them to walk on land. She has a mysterious little man with a question mark umbrella prisoner in a dungeon, and she is ssure this is one of his schemes, but he denies all knowledge, or indeed any knowledge of this timeline.

What follows is a halfway decent tale as the Seventh Doctor, transplanted from the original timeline and replacing the physical form of the Doctor of the new timeline tries to work out what his other self had planned and plays along with it. An especially neat idea is that of the Doctor's assistants, of whom he has no knowledge because he has no knowledge of this time line. It's a bit of a weird timey-wimey tale at times, but has some great moments and most of it hangs together with most of the important plot points being covered.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
A new audio Doctor Who story featuring Sylvester Mccoy as the Doctor. Following on from the end of the previous story in this range Survival of the Fittest (Doctor Who) which saw the TARDIS in the hands of Elizabeth Klein, nazi from a timeline that no longer exists and who is determined to restore it.

There's enough information in this one to bring new listeners up to speed but you would be better off with having heard that previous story first.

This story runs for four episodes each of roughly thirty minutes in duration. It takes place in a moonbase that is part of the galactic reich. Klein has used the TARDIS to reshape history to her liking. Or what she thinks she wants it to be. But when nasty aliens the Selachians attack on a misson of genocide she has to turn to the Doctor for help.

In the meantime a pair of workers on the base are caught up in the middle of things. And one knows far more about the Doctor than she might admit.

The cost of creating the perfect timeline can be very high....

Each episode may be longer than the standard twenty five minutes but that doesn't matter at all as there's so much great stuff in them that they fly by. There are more of the excellent discussions of morality that Klein and the Doctor have had throughout their travels. The Selachians are very effective on audio because they have a very distinctive voice. There's some very clever and interesting looks at the consequences of altering history. And the whole thing considers the effect that the Doctor has on the lives of those he meets, and how they will never be the same again afterwards. All of which results in some rather moving moments.
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As the previous reviewer says, this is an excellent full-cast audio adventure, featuring Sylvester McCoy portraying the Machiavellian Seventh incarnation of the Time Lord, and rounding off the recent 'Klein trilogy' in fine style. The story opens with the Doctor's TARDIS in the hands of Elizabeth Klein, a now time-travelling Nazi from an alternative dimension, who is determined to restore the universe to what she considers to be its correct reality; one where the Third Reich triumphed against the Allied forces and went on to conquer the stars, as well as the Earth. The Time Lord appears to be her prisoner, but as always he is manipulating events furiously, and is clearly in control from the start.
What I like about Steve Lyons' creation is that she is unashamedly unwilling to learn from her mistakes - in a time when writers insist on us seeing the good in everyone, Klein appears to be thoroughly blinkered and utterly bent on her own selfish course. Tracey Childs' portrayal of Klein is utterly appropriate, and extremely compelling, while Sylvester McCoy too is as excellent as ever, showing how the Seventh Doctor would have gone on to be portrayed on TV if he'd had the chance to develop properly. New 'monsters', the anthromorphic Selachians, are pretty good if underused here, and the remainder of the cast is top-notch.
At the end of the first disc, there is an extended piece of music as a bonus, and the second CD includes the always interesting interviews with the play's cast and crew. Overall another excellent drama, showcasing all that is right with the Big Finish Doctor Who collection.
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