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The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Dec 2010
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This is the second portmanteau release for the Fifth Doctor, featuring four half hour stories that are self contained. The scripts were a result of a competition by Big Finish, inviting scripts from authors who had not previously worked on the range.
The Demons of Red Lodge: The Doctor and Nyssa wake up in a darkened room with no memory. Just what is going on in the town of Red Lodge? Probably the best story here, with an atmospheric opening and a neat conclusion that includes some nice character moments for Five and Nyssa. But the central premise is weak, if not downright hackneyed and aspects of the resolution do not bear scrutiny. At least Davison and Sutton give committed performances, 3 stars for this story.
The Entropy Composition: This starts off with a nice character moment for Five and Nyssa, with Five trying to do something nice for Nyssa by taking her to a music repository to hear a favourite tune from her childhood on Trakken. Then some sort of sound monster appears, eating music and destroying all in its path. Five and Nyssa have to pay a visit to 1960's prog rocker `the Coop' to put a stop to it. The alien and the resolution are fairly forgettable, but there are a few nice moments for Five and Nyssa along the way. Most of the ideas here were covered much better in the Eighth Doctor release `The Horror of Glam Rock'. Another 3 stars.
Doing Time: Who, what, where, when??? A confused jumble of a story that starts off as a comedy with the Doctor being sent to prison in a mickey take of Porridge. Nyssa is on the outside trying to break in. There follows a confused jumble of a story that does not know where it wants to go or what it wants to be as the Doctor tries to prevent a time explosion that he has had a forewarning of. Davison mugs it up for all he is worth, but he cannot save this dire script. 1 star.
Special Features: 25 years after the filming of a landmark British Horror some of the cast and crew have gathered to record some special features for the DVD release. But just why has the special historical advisor `The Doctor' not apparently aged in the intervening 25 years? And just what was he doing on the film set anyway? Another confused script is given a Big Finish gloss that raises it from 1 to 2 stars.
This is another below par release for the Fifth Doctor. Following the awful `Tegan/Mara' releases I am starting to come to the conclusion that someone at Big Finish had something against Davison's Five. It seems especially strange when you compare the duffers that they gave him with some of the excellent contemporary productions featuring old Sixie and Seven. An average of 2.25, rounded down to 2 stars for this release. Big Finish are really starting to put me off what had been one of my favourite telly Doctors with these last 4 releases.
The first story was my favourite really terrifying that would never have been shown on TV before the watershed. Really creeped me out and seemed to tell a lot in the short space of time. The second story was good but did not really float my boat. Story three was an interesting tale and I think Nyssa was great again.
Story four I finished yesterday and I found it a very clever concept and the second half very compelling so it finishes second out of the four episodes for me.
Well done to all concerned plus as per usual the incidental music as ever was excellent.
So, overall not my favourite but lots of good points in with the average
The Demons of Red Logde - Wonderfully creepy
The Entropy Composition- Expertly Written
Doing Time - Wonderfull
Special Features- Very funny
Peter Davison and Nyssa are great especially in the first adventure.