The Brood of Erys (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Feb 2014
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This is the second in a new trilogy for the pair. Although the story does stand pretty much on it's own and you don't really need to have heard the preceding one in order to get into this. One passing remark late on to events in that isn't likely to confuse any casual listener.
The story runs for four parts. And is spread over two cd's. The first three episodes run from twenty five to twenty seven minutes in length. The last is thirty two minutes long [approx.].
This story is written by Andrew Smith, who wrote the Fourth Doctor TV story 'Full Circle' and who has also done a couple of other Big Finish stories.
It's set on a place called Erys. Which is a moon of a planet called Asphya. Neither might seem at a glance to be particularly remarkable places. But there are warning beacons nearby telling space travellers to keep away.
When the TARDIS materialises in the region, and Flip is kidnapped by some strange Imp like creatures, the Doctor has no choice but to get involved. He also finds a spaceship with a woman on board. Who has lost her memory. A memory which contains the secret of this system.
A secret that happens to be rather surprising..
The first three parts of this move at an excellent pace, thanks to not being overlong. They do feel like episodes that might have been achievable on the tv show back in the mid 1980's.
They create a very alien setting that intrigues. And throw in a central mystery as well, in regards to the amnesiac woman.
There are some steady reveals, which keep the story moving alon very nicely. The nature of the setting does make it feel like it's genuine science fiction.
Things are resolved in part four with, as ever, a lot of running around and action. But what's noticeable and good about this part is the actions of one supporting character, which arises out of their characterisation rather than the needs of the plot. And the way it handles the motivations of the characters. As they are all genuine and believable.
The way things are resolved does also feel so totally Doctor-ish and spot on characterisation. Andrew Smith really does get the sixth Doctor's character totally right.
The last episode is longer than the others because the last seven minutes or so are there to take us back to the start of a storyline hinted at in the end of the previous release. Said storyline doesn't advance any here, but it promises interesting times ahead for this Doctor. I look forward to hearing them.
This is not a classic release, but it's a well produced bit of good solid Doctor Who. So it's well worth a listen.
There's just over eight minutes of music from the story on the last two tracks of disc one.
A trailer for the next release in this range on the track after the end of part four on disc two.
And roughly twelve minutes of interviews with cast and crew on the tracks after that.
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Any story that's written by Andrew Smith will tend to be filled with fantastic sci fi concepts. Where Smith's stories sometimes show weakness is in the emotional aspects of the story. However, that's not a problem here. There are some good emotional conflicts. The story moves along at a solid pace and the plot generally works, although there's a probably a bit more plot convenience than necessary, but it still works out with a nice ending.
The story also serves to cement Flip's place as one of the TARDIS all time daredevils. It also includes this arc's push on the Doctor to revisit Peri and what happened to her at the end of Mindwarp. Overall, a solid and enjoyable story that gets the job done.
Despite having promised Flip a return to the paradise planet, the Sixth Doctor decides its a perfect time to reclaibrate some of instruments aboard the TARDIS and he stops in rather an isolated region of space around a star that has just a single planet with a moon orbiting it.
At first glace, despite the oddity of just a single planet orbiting a star, nothing seems unsual untiil the Doctor notices a rather complicated relay system orbting that planet warning people away. Then space ships arrive and aliens jump out of them and land on the TARDIS. Alarmed, Flip opens the doors despite the Doctor's warnings and soon is kidnapped to ERYS - a living moon.
Meanwhile the Doctor rescues a woman whose spaceship is about to be destroyed by ERYS. She has no memory and presents an engima to the Doctor who soon learns that all is not what it appears to be on the planet, nor on ERYS.
What struck me most about this episode is that the Doctor rather reluctantly has to share his feelings about Susan and his other companions in front of strangers.
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