The Dark Husband (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Mar 2008
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I really cannot describe this production. It is awful. Even worse than Nekromantiea. In my mission to listen to and review all of the Big Finish Doctor Who releases, this is the one that I was dreading having to listen to again.
The Doctor, Ace and Hex land on a planet that seems to be one huge war grave, and are soon mixed up in the big war between the Re and the Er. It transpires that Seven came to the planet for a reason, and wants to try and the war by marrying someone.
Around this weak premise, which seem so to owe a lot in places to Jim Henson's Dark Crystal, is built a script that tries to be funny instead of thrilling and falls wide of the mark. It's plain awful. The script writer has no idea how to write for the regulars, turning Hex into an intergalactic Chav in search of beer and a party and Seven into a bellowing version of his earlier `clown' persona rather than the scheming `Dark Doctor'. The jokes are just unfunny. Which is a shame, because there are a lot of them in there. The cast treat the material with the contempt that it deserves and phone in performances. Often they are given lines such as `Oh dear oh dear oh dear', `there should be a better way', `get me out of here' and `that's just not funny' which they deliver as though they are comments on the production.Read more ›
For this reason I approach stories such as `The Dark Husband' with a sense of apprehension. Experience has taught me not to expect to like a story and then I am pleasantly surprised when I do.
Perhaps the biggest surprise for me when listening to this story was how little I found myself laughing. This was not the fault you might expect it to be - instead of a stream of one liners, David Quantick serves up gentle character moments that fit the tone of the Ace-Hex relationship perfectly.
The story is however as fluffy as you might expect a comedic Big Finish story to be. Those comedic aspects diffuse much of the dramatic tension when our heroes are placed in peril; aliens are much too silly to be taken seriously and some of the plot twists can be predicted by the listener simply asking themselves "how could this get any sillier?".
The overall result is a thoroughly charming audio adventure (snot jokes aside!) that manages to capture the characters well and gently amuse for well over a hundred minutes. This is a fun and charming addition to this year's line up of Big Finish releases, however in a year that is packed with departures, new companions and returning villains I suspect that this will be the release that many will choose to skip.
As usual this contains two discs, with two story episodes on each. The episodes do run a little longer than the usual twenty five minutes. and both discs end with approx fifteen minutes of interviews with the cast and crew, and the last track on disc four is five minutes of the music from the story.
This story involves the doctor and his companions visiting the planet tuin. Advertised as holding the most amazing festival ever it looks like just the place for a nice break from what they usually go through. but they land in the middle of a war zone, and find that there's more to this planet than meets the eye. and certain sacrifices will have to be made to end the fighting...
Written by top tv comedy writer david quantick, this strives to be fairly humorous. And that part just about works. It's not laugh out loud funny but comedy coming from character based situations, and there are some decent moments as a result. The alien world is very strange and well realised and populated by two warring species. The truth about them is a good twist in part four.
But this story is a bit too long, and drags at points, especially in part two. The fact that it's also not laugh out loud funny may mean some people don't find it involving.
There's a fair amount to like here, but whilst it's not bad, it's not the strongest audio ever.
The tone is set early on with Ace and Hex being chased into the TARDIS by an angry `snot beast' and the young Scouser subsequently being covered in `snot'. Things go from bad to worse when a warrior of the Ree (sounding like Brian Blessed bellowing for all he's worth) captures the time travellers and an Ir soldier (sounding like Richard O'Brien in full snake whispering mode) arrives in a big spaceship. Much of the remainder of part 2 is spent listening to the two `warriors' (one hairy and one completely bald for extra comedy effect) bicker and snape at one another whilst The Doctor twinkles and twitters and eventually decides to get married to `the shining bride' in order to end the war.
As a big fan of the Seventh Doctor on audio I was disappointed to say the least. The last few audio CDs featuring the TV Doctors have been uniformly excellent but this is just lame. Come on Big Finish, you can do better than this!
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Loved it really great and fantastic drama from sophie and sylvesterPublished 2 months ago by amy burton-pye
Its not classic Big Finish Doctor Who, but as light relief I found myself really enjoying this lighter story featuring 7th Doctor, Ace and Hex (Hox). Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2014 by SherburnInElmet