Death in Blackpool (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Dec 2009
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Mind you nothing will be the same again after this one.
A slight change to the format sees this as one long sixty minute episode complete on one disc and it has the tardis crew on their way to spend christmas in lucie's hometown of blackpool. A seemingly chance encounter with an old acquiantance leads to lucie fighting for her life. and the consequences of this and some loose ends from previous stories lead to a final scene you won't forget in a hurry.
Hard to see where this one is going for the first twenty minutes as the main characters indulge in doing mundane things, but at the same time the dialogue and the acting is so good you don't mind that at all. things do kick into gear suddenly twenty minutes in and then after that you will be desperate to find what happens next.
this is not a story of action - everything is resolved by calm and quiet conversations - rather one of character. and some very strong character writing at that. It's also probably the most depressing christmas special of any kind you'll ever come across.
The end doesnt feel like the end of an era, though. more a season opener. It will leave you eager to find what will happen next. and you will, in a story called situation vacant. but that's not out till july. Long wait but should be worth it.
because of this the trailer at the start of the disc is for an eighth doctor story called an earthly child which is only currently available to those who subscribe to the range. There are roughly fifteen minutes worth of interviews with cast and crew on the final track of the disc, and they are a recommended listen.
As the extras bit explains, this is the first Christmas Special for Big Finish, and I like the way this is a small story - no universe to save for example!
Not only is this the end of Lucie, but it is also the end of the Auntie Pat trilogy - Glam Rock and Zygon who fell to Earth being the others. It is the richness of the loose ends here that allow the story to pivot, and it even starts in the same service station as Glam Rock, now all latte and other 'modern' conveniences.
As usual acting is great, casting, plotting and production are all first rate. We don't get much insight into why Sheridan is moving on - we can only speculate, however she will be missed.
This is a cracking story from Big Finish. It has all the elements that makes Dr Who great. At its heart there is a moving little study of the relationship between Lucy and the Dr, and an assessment of the Dr's imperfections. The deep and dark nature of the story is leavened by the introduction of Santa, a comedy character that really works, and provides just the right counterweight to the goings on. There is a nicely complicated plot, which is well written and engrossing. The performances of the cast are excellent, especially in the final moving scenes where a main character dies and the Dr loses another companion.
Not quite a stand alone, in that you need to have heard `Terror of Glam Rock' and `The Zygon Who Fell To Earth' to get the full back story, but is can be listened to in isolation without losing too much.
One of Big Finish's better releases, and a perfect send off for a much loved companion. Recommended.
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Absolutely nothing wrong with Sheridan Smith as an actress but just about everything wrong with the initial conception of the character: based on someone's unattainable childhood fantasy figure, rather than on 'companionability'.
It is with some relief, then, that Lucie is finally (or so we're led to believe) offloaded at the end of story one of NEDA IV (which in truth feels more like an inter-season special than a season opener). The story itself spends most of its time desperately digging itself out of the hole dug for it in the excruciating 'The Zygon Who Fell To Earth'. Though it is better than that (it couldn't possibly be worse), 'Death in Blackpool' is boring and overly sentimental with a treacly final conversation (over 'In The Bleak Winter' for heaven's sake) that is truly toe curling. (And the plot is more than a little reminiscent of the BBV story 'The Other Side').
Oh, and one more thing: Zynog? I mean, Zynog?!?
The series draws upon the two previous Auntie Pat stories in am Rock and also the Zygon Who Fell to Earth and the terrible secret that the Doctor and Auntie Pat have kept from her.
The writing is good. The name for the banished Zygons (Zynog was the best you could come up with?) is silly but their concept and execution are great, and work well within the context of the story.
But it's the emotional and relationship issues that drive the story. Helen Lederer turns in a great performance as Auntie Pat and makes the character very real. Jon Glover plays down on his luck Santa that's hit the sauce. He's a great side character who provides some surprises as well as a few laughs.
Paul McGann is great at the Doctor. His care for Lucie shines through with his determination to save her. His performance his touching, as he's willing to risk his life on an insane scheme to save her. He shows his compassionate side at the end even when dealing with the enemy.
But the highlight of the story is Sheridan Smith as Lucie Miller. She turns in an amazing performance with a great speech about Christmas at the beginning of the story and then her heartbreaking final scene with the Doctor at the end. This is Lucie Miller at her best and this story is a great example of why Lucie Miller is such a beloved companion, as well as a showcase of how talented Sheridan Smith is. Overall, this is a fantastic production that outshines most of new Who's Christmas specials for sheer quality and its highly recommended.
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