- Audio CD
- Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844356124
- ISBN-13: 978-1844356126
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 4.3 x 15.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 977,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Counter-Measures Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Jul 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
I eventually concluded that this was not a spin-off too far and bought it, but to begin with I was very disappointed. I initially gave up on the series before revisiting it a week or so later in part for the following reasons which I list because it may help other listeners to get through the initial experience:-
* It is not a natural follow on from Remembrance of the Daleks.
* At times it is difficult to tell who the characters are as actors voices change over the years.
* The opening moments are "experimental" and will not be to all tastes.
* The incidental music is very representative of television programmes of the era-ie not the sort of thing that everyone wants to hear now.
* The theme tune is as with the incidental music; like a middle-of-the-road 1960s programme.Read more ›
If you want something a bit different but also a good, solid sci-fi drama in the vein of Dr Who then buy this, perfect for a cold winter afternoon by the fire
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The strength of Counter Measures is its characters; Sir Toby Kinsella (Hugh Ross) oversees Counter Measures and is its contact with official government groups. He's a fascinating shadowy character and just a really nice spymaster. Doctor Rachel Jense (Pamela Salem) is a genius and a woman who is bold, strong, and Independent without seeming to be unrealistic or a feminist anachronism and is in charge of day to day operations of Counter Measures, Group Captain Gilmore (Simon Williams) is an adept and courageous military officer who does more than just follow orders (despite a proclivity to) and Doctor Allison Williams (Karen Gledhlll) is the youngest member of the group but is full ingenuity and courage that makes her a delight. These characters are well-conceived, well-written, and well-acted.
The stories are a bit more of a mixed bag. "Threshold" begins the series and it chronicles a mysterious science and an even more mysterious scientist in a story that's has some spooky moments. "Artificial Intelligence" finds the group investigating a mysterious institute after a government agent committed suicide. The story has the strongest '60s feel of the lot but doesn't feel terribly original.
Also, a bit of a let down was "The Pelage Project" which began with mystery pollution and the escape of an inmate from a mysterious institution. The solution builds up to something like the cult film the Airzone Solution and our heroes triumph at the end seems a tad too easy.
Finally was, "State of Emergency": one of the best mix of good and bad story elements you'll see. Rachel and Allison are dispatched to look into a report of ghosts at a MOD facility and have some of the best character moments in the set for establishing these characters. The second half features one of the most daff military coup attempts in history, full of an amazing number of plot holes.
In the end, the acting is far better than the stories, and this does seem to be a set where everyone is trying ti figure out what Counter Measures will be. There are some episodes where it seems like a great science fiction spy show and others where it seems to be just a little bit better than the U.N.I.T. plays Big Finish did in the prior decade.
The 1st story is my favourite, featuring a creepy doll, the sound effects of which was brilliantly realised.
The 2nd story was absorbing also though not quite as much as the first and involved numbers being read at random as in the mysterious radio transmissions that no one knew who or what was involved.
The 3rd story features a Quatermass 2 type complex but reminded me more of the tannoy system from The Macra Terror. (If you have heard the audio soundtrack of that lost story from Dr Who, you will know what I mean!
The 4th story was very good with a brilliant portrayal of Harold Wilson, which sounded just like him. Unfortunately something that jarred with me in this story was the phrase "Tell me about it". It was bad enough hearing it once, but it was used about three times. I am pretty sure this expression was not used in the 60's. At least not here in the UK and was not in common usage until at least the 80's. In the 60's you would have been more likely to hear "You're telling me" or "Don't I know it".
While I didn't expect to hear words like "groovy" or "fab" or "far out" every five minutes in deference to the era, that would still have been preferable to hearing phrases that would not have been used that far back.
I also recall Sir Toby referring to something as "new age" and I'm sure this term would not have been used in the 60's. This series is supposed to be portraying the early 60's and that was before 'flower power' and the 'underground' movement and peace and love hippy dippy time and the new age term came about long after that time, so again something anachronistic that stands out jarringly. I hope the writers take more care with the second and hopefully, subsequent series.
You don't have to be a Dr Who fan to enjoy this.
The main group of Counter Measures: Sir Toby, Alison, Rachel and Group Captain Ian Gilmore are all well rounded characters whose voices are all distinctive so you always know who's talking when you're listening.
I have listened to the stories now many times, especially the first and have not grown tired of them. Looking forward to many more series to come.
Major Spoilers Ahead!
The stakes couldn't be higher as the fourth and perhaps final series of Counter Measures opens with the episode "New Horizons."
Rachel and Allison are back at work in the laboratory headquarters at Counter Measures and are investigating behind the scenes at a new monorail project headed up by the mysterious group going by the moniker of New Horizons. Rachel and Allison are plagued by memories of a different Sir Toby and Captain Gilmore. It turns out that Rachel and Allison are being manipulated by brain implants that are giving them false memories. Just who is behind this and why leads to the discovery that an old foe has returned with a vengeance. Rachel and Allison must escape the false Sir Toby and Captain Gilmore while trying to stay alive and rescue their real friends from an escape proof prison.
The other concluding episodes in this [final?] story arc are "The Keep," "Rise And Shine," and "Clean Sweep."
If this is indeed the final series of "Counter Measures" than it seems to be in direct conflict with the continuity established in the mainline monthly Doctor Who adventures.
Brilliant performances all round by Simon Williams, Pamela Salem, Karen Gledhill, and Hugh Boss: yet if this is indeed the end of the road for Counter Measures, for some reason I remember it was also the end - and I can't remember for the life of me - of a similar series as well.