The Eternal Summer (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Nov 2009
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Whereas Castle of Fear was set in a Stockbridge in the past, this story is set more in the current time – or is it? The Doctor and Nyssa were last heard attempting to avert an explosion, in the abandoned Rutan spaceship. When they regain their senses, they find themselves in Stockbridge, where they have apparently been “for as long as anyone can remember”. But why don’t they remember it like that?
This is a delightful story. The characterisation of the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa is carried through wonderfully so far in the trilogy, and they are both really strong and independent characters. I like the exasperated Doctor that sometimes appears, particularly as he tries to maintain his cool against the odds in this story, which travels through time all over the place, and where even the Doctor takes a while to work out what’s going on. The characters of Stockbridge are really well thought out, and really well characterised. Mark Williams as Maxwell Edison was a touch of genius in the casting, and he really brings the character to life, from the graphic novel beginnings. Susan Brown (who played Maud the Withered in the first Stockbridge story) is back, this time as Alice withers, with her husband Harold Withers wonderfully evocatively played by Roger Hammond. Pam Ferris is marvellous as Lizzie Corrigan, a part which could easily turn into a caricature, but never does when played so perfectly by Pam Ferris.Read more ›
This story sees the doctor and nyssa, as a result of what happened at the end of castle of fear, finding themselves in present day stockbridge. Only the residents think the two of them have lived there for decades. But have no memory of when they arrived. A quick investigation reveals that people are reliving their entire lives over the course of a single day. And this is happening again and again. Seemingly at the behest of the lord and lady of the local manor. a place stockbridge never hsd before.
Can UFO spotter maxwell edison [a character from the aforementioned comic strip] help the doctor save the day?
Whilst this script plays some very clever tricks with time and it's nature and provides lots of neat developments in the first part, I could see the shock reveal at the end of part two coming a mile off, and the villains and their motives thus didn't feel anything special. But the strength of the story is in the character. People do things out of character development and not because the plot requires it. and thus actions happen because of very believable reasons.Read more ›
The scene with the TARDIS phone was a lot of fun. Part of me almost wished we could have had a bit more of that but that's hard to sustain long-term. I loved how the inhabitants of Stockbridge were fully aware of what was going on. That's a nice twist from the usual in these types of stories. It was intriguing to see how blasé they were about it after having been through it so many times. P.I.G. was fun and it was heartbreaking to see Maxwell Edison finally be accepted and find his place in the world, only to have to sacrifice it.
I'll admit, I had a sneaking suspicion who the Lord and Lady they might be. But only a couple of seconds before their reveal! The cast members in question did an amazing job as their evil counterparts - they sounded like they had a great deal of fun with this one.
Only niggle in this story is that due to the small cast we don't get a clear feel of the large amount of people trapped in this loop. In short a fun, tight, clever story but not a standalone for casual fans hence why 4 instead of 5 stars.
This story follows directly from the events of `Castle of Fear', though it has a much more serious tone. The Doctor and Nyssa find themselves in twentieth century Stockbridge, but the date is hard to pin down and the days seem to be repeating themselves over and over.
This is a clever story revolving around some hard core SF time travel concepts. It is important for all the pieces to fit together and the team have done a superb job of ensuring that they do. Davison and Sutton are on form as Five and Nyssa, confused and trying to get to the heart of the mystery. They are aided by a superb Mark Williams as Maxwell Edison, the rather strange chap who believes in aliens, and one day just happens to be proven right when he bumps into the Doctor. His role is central to the story, and Williams fills it with jus the right degree of tragic pathos to prevent it being too humorous and make it the lynch pin on which the adventure rests. The whole piece has an elegiac tone, mournful and sombre, leavened by a touch of humour. It has a very intelligent script, and is a pleasure to listen to.
An excellent follow up to Castle of Fear, 5 stars for this intriguing and thought provoking adventure.
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I admit I am an incurable Dr Who fan who has loved all things Who for over 40 years. The result of this is that I have the comic strips which introduced Stockbridge to the Who... Read morePublished on 11 Sept. 2010 by M. Seath