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The Haunting of Thomas Brewster (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Apr 2008

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844353168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844353163
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1 x 14.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 May 2008
another audio adventure for peter davison's doctor who, on this occasion partnered with sarah sutton as his companion nyssa. The story runs for four twenty five minute long episodes spread over two cd's, and the first cd ends with twenty three minutes of interviews with the cast.

The second has fourteen minutes more interviews, mostly with the writer.

The story centres around a young man called thomas brewster who lives in victorian london, and who goes to the workhouse after his mother dies when he's very young. Thomas has to struggle to survive in the harsh victorian undercity but he's being haunted. the ghost of his mother keeps appearing, and she wants him to do something.

And who are the two strangers who say they've arrived too early?

An absolute classic audio this one, and not one you can say too much about without giving spoilers away. The style of each episode changes from ghost story for the first to time shenanigans for the second to a house under siege for the third. All of the supporting cast are excellent, particularly leslie ash who does several different roles, and there are a great many twists and turns to the story. and you won't forget the ending in a hurry.

If you like this one be sure to get the upcoming story the boy who time forgot, as it builds on things from this one.

One of the best in the big finish range, and well worth getting.

It also contains some fantastic incidental music that you won't get off your mind in a hurry
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A full-on Dickensian pastiche as a young orphan is pressed into the service of a morally decrepit old geezer and forced to trawl the waterways of London for flotsam from cargo ships anxious to avoid excise impounding them. The tale's eponymous `haunting' comes from visions the boy has of his dead mother, which are becoming more and more `real' as he gets older.
Jonathan Morris and Barnaby Edwards have combined here to great effect, creating an atmospheric and authentically Victorian London, where Young Thomas Brewster is pushed from pillar to post, all the while being followed by a mysterious blue box...
John Pickard - best known as one of the Reilly twins in Channel 4's Hollyoaks - plays the eponymous orphan whom we first meet at his mother's wake, where callous relatives force the image of his drowned and battered mother to become imprinted in his subconscious, thereby enabling him to `become used to death'. When he inadvertently kills his Fagin-like employer, the visitations become even more vivid; whilst The Doctor and Nyssa also regularly appear to him, striving to warn him of an unnameable danger that is fast approaching...This audio is also notable for the introduction of a new companion for The Doctor, in the form of young Scot Robert McIntosh, played by Christian Coulson who appeared previously in The Bride of Peladon as Pelleas.
This is an absolute joy; all of the performances are top-notch, especially Pickard who plays the Cockney urchin to a tee and Leslie Ash as his ravaged, supernatural parent. With this kind of talent at their disposal the Big Finish team are on a roll; long may it continue.
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This is the hundred and seventh release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester It stars Peter Davison as Five and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa. There are 4 episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

This excellent story falls into two main sections. The first episode recounts the singular life to date of one Thomas Brewster, Victorian orphan, in a tale very reminiscent of Dickens. Throughout his life he has seen a mysterious blue box, as well as visitations from his dead mother. The remaining three episodes are an explanation of the events and a great little adventure for Five and Nyssa. It's neatly done, just as you think you have a handle on things at the end of episode 1, things take a whole new turn at the start of episode 2, and the feeling of being slightly off balance remains until the end of the last episode.

With some interesting ideas (Five with a beard? I love the image) and a generally well told story at it's heart, this is a great adventure. But what really makes it is the characterisations. Brewster is a street urchin who grows into a lovable rogue. It is what the producers were aiming for(and missed so badly) with Adric all those years ago. As with all the best companions, there is a hint of untrustworthiness bubbling away under his facade, and an interesting tension builds up as a result. This is the first of a trilogy to feature Brewster with Five, and he appears in several later BF productions, which is really good news.
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A very good story with atmosphere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Dickensian Doctor Who Story 31 May 2015
By Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author - Published on Amazon.com
This story features the Doctor's first encounter with Thomas Brewster, a Victorian street urchin with a background right out of a Charles Dickens novel or several of them. The story manages to glide quite easily between genres telling a tale that alternates between being a ghost story, a mystery, and a very hard science fiction/time travel story.

The story of Thomas Brewster is well told with John Pickard turning in a solid and charming performance. There are a few good moments between the Doctor and Nyssa that show the strong chemistry the two possess as they gently tease each other. I only wish wish there was picture of the Fifth Doctor growing facial hear as described. I also liked how his relationship with his assistant takes a turn that calls to mind recent event. The story has a good sense of mystery that's built throughout that makes for an intriguing tale.

On the negative side, I really did feel Thomas Brwester dominated the story where the Doctor and Nyssa were almost relegated to the role of guest stars in their own series. The ending to the mystery of Thomas' life is a bit dodgy as well.

The music was a bit intrusive. The pseudo-Dickensian synthesizer music works in small doses but it's really overused and it's the same bit of music repeatedly used as a bridge between scenes.

Still, the ending to the CD makes a nice cliffhanger and again Pickard makes this character someone the audience can care about. It's okay story even though it does shove the Doctor and main companion to the side.
4.0 out of 5 stars A very strong entry 22 Oct. 2008
By Peter Ingemi - Published on Amazon.com
One of the few dark spots of the adventures of the 5th doctor with Peri and Erimem was the pushing of Sarah Sutton to the back shelf. The Haunting of Thomas Brewster gives us an excellent Nyssa adventure and the introduction of a new character to complement her.

The plot of the Doctor seperated from his Tardis and forced for a year to live as a Victorian Gentleman is particularly good. Sutton as always gives a top flight performance and the new Character of Brewster hints at some interesting things to come.

This story really plays to the strengths of all the performers in the cast, you will find it very much worth your time, effort and your money.
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