Doctor Who - Dead London 2.1 CD (Big Finish Adventures) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Jan 2008
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The story opens with the Doctor being tried in court for parking offences in contemporary London. Suddenly the scene shifts and he is catapulted into 17th century London and to the tender mercies of Judge Jeffries. Meanwhile Lucie, who started on a shopping trip in 2008 finds herself dodging trams in 1917. Needless to say, something odd is going on, and when the Doctor finds out what it is he is opposed to it and sets out to stop whatever it is.
It's a tale with potential, but never really lives up to it. Somehow the threat to the Doctor and his friends never seems quite real, and the ending is all a bit too easy. A bit more dramatic tension would have helped things along. And The Doctor and Lucie are separated for much of the adventure, a real problem as it is their excellent chemistry together that really drove even the wesaker episodes of the first season. So much is the Doctor/Lucie relationship missed that the writers include a companion for the Doctor who is very much like Lucie in many respects.
Whatever the faults of the script, one cannot accuse the actors of giving anything less than 100%. McGann is having fun again as the Doctor, and here his tiggerish side is to the fore. Sheridan Smith is simply superb as Lucy, and Rupert Van Tissart gives an excellent villainous performance that is worthy of a much better script.
All in all, not a great attention grabbing series opener. It tries to be a bit different but forgets about the drama in the process. A weak tale that I rarely listen to, preferring to jump to Max Warp instead. 2 stars.
In this story, the doctor and lucie find themselves suddenly separated, and lost in london. but whilst the doctor is in medieval times facing death in the court of a nasty judge, lucie is trapped during the time of the first world war. And there's more to some of the people they come across than meets the eye. What's really going on here?
An entertaining little romp to start the new season with. A fun little script that gives great material to both of the lead actors - and some wonderfully big words in the dialogue that even the sixth doctor might not have used - and a story that is also rich in the sense of history of the capital. the pace does falter slightly towards the end and you will have to listen to the resolution carefully to get it straight in your mind, but a good little tale and really worth getting.
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At any rate, the concept of, "Dead London" is that when the Doctor and Lucie come to London for Lucie to do some shopping, they find themselves separated and at the same time they find London in very different periods. The Doctor lands in 2008, and finds himself condemned to hang in the 17th Century while Lucie stumbles into World War I London.
As a idea, it's very reminiscent of the Classic Doctor Who TV story, "The War Games" except rather than playing out over 8 1/2 half hour episodes, the story plays out over 45 minutes. To be clear, the actual solution to what's going on is a bit different and is actually pretty clever. I think it doesn't work in this format in a single episode as the story seems to rush too much with some odd pacing. When Lucie and the Doctor were apart during the first half, we were changing from one to another at a rate where scenes didn't actually finish making it hard to keep up. This also led to a situation where the solution was practically handed to the Doctor on a silver platter.
The acting, however, remains solid. Sheridan Smith does a good job with what little material she's given to work with and the guest cast is exemplary. Still, this was a so-so premier for the 2nd Season of Eighth Doctor stories.