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Excelis Rising (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Apr 2002

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (1 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903654645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903654644
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Colin Baker and Anthony Head are brilliant together.
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Second story in the 'Excelis' trilogy; this is set over a thousand years after the events of the first story 'Excelis Dawns'. Writer David McIntee has the thankless task of providing the middle section to the three part Excelis story arc, after the success of 'Excelis Dawns'. However, he acquits himself well, and actor Anthony Head seems to fit the character of `Grayvorn' like a glove. Colin Baker's Doctor is as assured as you'd expect, while director Ed Salt keeps things simmering along nicely. To top it off, suitably eerie music makes this an atmospheric and intriguing audio adventure.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Jan. 2016
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This is the second in the Excelis trilogy, which follows on from Excelis Dawns, and continues the tale loosely linked through a ‘relic’ and its ties to Excelis, on the planet of Artaris. At the end of Excelis Dawns we, the audience, have heard something which gives us an idea that Grayvorn and the Mother Superior were not as lost as the Fifth Doctor had thought, when they toppled over the edge of the cliff; and the relic?

In this story, the planet of Artaris has moved on one thousand years; civilisation and technology have advanced somewhat, and the relic, found years ago, is now held securely and safely in the local Imperial Museum. When someone tries to break in one night, the Sixth Doctor (looking for the dinosaur exhibition) finds himself caught in the middle of the investigation. And why does the Reeve Maupassant seem so familiar?

This is a great story; Anthony Stewart Head as the Reeve is absolutely chillingly brilliant. I did not realise until I read the notes with the cd (after listening to it) that his lines were recorded separately from the other cast members; you would never know from listening to these stories. The tone for all parts is spot-on; the pitch, the delivery, the emotion and motivation in each part of the conversations is absolutely perfect.

Colin Baker dives into the role of the Sixth Doctor with his usual verve and enthusiasm. Charles Kay as the Curator, Rupert Laight, Toby Walton, Nicky Goldie, James Lailey and Patricia Leventon; all are absolutely perfect in their roles.

Again, the end of this story leaves the audience with a taste that all is perhaps not yet over; indeed, the Seventh Doctor is anticipated to revisit Excelis in the third part of the trilogy, Excelis Decays – can’t wait. There is also a further link to Excelis in the Companion Chronicle featuring Benny Summerfield, The Plague Herds of Excelis, which is set somewhere in this trilogy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars who provides a fantastic performance as the Doctor 2 Aug. 2014
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The Sixth Doctor arrives in the middle of a closed museum as an inside job burglary is occurring. The Doctor gets caught up in it and discovers the burglars were stealing "the artifact" an item he saw 1,000 years before as the Fifth Doctor and he also discovers a familiar face worn by a man Reeve Maupassant (Anthony Stewart Head), the head of the local police, but the Doctor thinks he's really Lord Grayvorn and therefore more than a thousand years old, but that can't be? Can it?

The big failing of Excelis Rising is to use its potential and settting to its full advantage. Very rarely do we get sense of uniquneness in this world, although we hear enough to know this world is essentially Steam Punk but fails to develop any of that atmosphere. It really seems the whole story could have benefited by a little more world building. Indeed, that the artifact at the center of the story is known as the artifact kind of speaks to that weakness.

What saves the story is Colin Baker, who provides a fantastic performance as the Doctor, with a lot of energy as he gets to the heart of the matter. His one on one scenes with Anthony Stewart Head are magic and make what could be a mediocre or even poor play into a worthwhile listen. With a little more effort by the writers this could have been a great story.
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