- Audio CD
- Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781780536
- ISBN-13: 978-1781780534
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1 x 12.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Doctor Who: The Seeds of War (Dr Who Big Finish) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Mar 2013
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It runs for four episodes, of twenty five to thirty minutes in length [approx] and is spread across two cd's.
The story sees the Doctor and Mel finding themselves in the middle of a very difficult time for the human race. Which has just been fighting a war across star systems against a powerful and implacable alien race called the Eminence. Who seemed to be winning. But then they went away.
Humanity has to reconstruct. There are dangerous buildings to be destroyed. Destitute survivors to be fed. And lots to be rebuilt.
Separated from the TARDIS, the time travellers find themselves caught up with one particular family, who are trying to get by and do what they can. They might be able to help feed the masses.
But have the eminence really gone away?
As with the last two stories, Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford make an excellent pairing. They have some great scenes together. Mel is written as she should be - smart and strong willed rather than a screamer- and there are some good lines which remind you that she's from the 1980's.
The Eminence are an excellent creation, a truly powerful foe for the Doctor. What they are like and what they do is not something I will spoil for you, but they are a very original and very memorable idea.
The story also has the Teveler family, three people who play a major part in it. Their scenes could be soap opera in style but they are actually good strong character drama, thanks to good writing and acting.Read more ›
In this story, the Doctor is taking Mel to dinner at the Great Tower of Kalsos. Only it seems they’ve arrived too early; or is it too late? The great war between the Earth Alliance forces and the Eminence is finally at an end; or is it? And the Doctor must race against all odds to save the future of humanity itself; but has he already compromised that future?
This is a really good story. It is memorable for introducing, or re-introducing, depending on which way you’ve approached it, the great and rather enigmatic foe The Eminence. For the Doctor has met The Eminence before (in the Fourth Doctor adventure, Destroy the Infinite). But Mel doesn’t know that, and it was a long time ago in the Doctor’s life. (And in terms of release dates, we don’t know that, because Destroy the Infinite was released after The Seeds of War.) But The Eminence haven’t forgotten the Doctor, and now they’re back.
The story is also quite unusual in that, in its four parts, each part is set on a different place and offers a different perspective. The first part is set in and on the Great Tower of Kalsos. The second part is entirely on the Earth Alliance ship travelling back to Ridius. The third part is on the planet Ridius. And the fourth part is on Earth.Read more ›
This is the third of a loose trilogy of adventures following the Sixth Doctor and Mel. The previous two were excellent, and the quality is kept up here. I won’t go into the story, as that would involve spoilers. It is, however, the most ambitious of the three, with a dark tone and action that spans galaxies. The Doctor and Mel are pitted against the Eminence, a foe created by Big Finish in this release, and one that I think has great potential and should be used again.
The way in which the story is unfolded and information given to the audience is unusual, but instead of feeling gimmicky it keeps you hooked and desperate to hear the next chapter to find out what is going on. Baker, as usual, is superb. He is called upon to play the Doctor in a way that his Doctor is very rarely portrayed – with genuine fear about something. His performance hits all the right notes.
This is a great, epic, sweeping finale to this trilogy, just the way it should be. The Sixth Doctor has had a few really good trilogies recently that have made excellent use of Baker allied to a range of companions. I have to say that I generally look forward to a Sixth Doctor release a lot more than either a Fifth or Seventh these days. Well done Colin, keep up the good work! 5 stars for this cracking release and I look forward eagerly to the next 6th Doc trilogy.