The Holy Terror (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Nov 2000
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After Frobisher plays around with the TARDIS controls it forces him and the Doctor to land in a strange castle somewhat reminiscent of Gormenghast. There appears to be no outside world, and the people's lives are ruled utterly by tradition, with the same patterns repeating over and over again through history. As the Doctor tries to understand the world a terror lurking in the deepest depths starts to arise.
It's an almost perfect production from Big Finish. The script is cracking. In Frobisher we have a character who manages to provide just the right amount of humour, which nicely contrasts with the dark and mysterious adventure. Jezek is great as the big talking bird, it is a pity he has only made one more appearance in the Big Finish range. Colin Baker as Six for the forst time really shows us what his character could have been. Full of energy, but with the arrogance dialled right down and the compassionate nature shining through. He is at his charming best, and bounces well off Jezek and the rest of the cast. The rest of the script seems like a cross between Richard the Third and Gormenghast, and the actors attack their parts with relish. I especially loved Roberta Flack as the deliciously cruel Berengaria, an Peter Guinness as Childric, a real pantomime villain played with some relish and gusto by Guinness, who has a magnetic voice full of colour and charm. Sam Kelly is probably the biggest name star to guest in a serial up to this release, and his performance is superb. He really brings the many facets of his character to life, and also provides some f the best timed humour in the piece.
It's just the right mix of horror and humour, with a dark and interesting idea at the heart of the tale. Some excellent sound effects from BF put the icing on the cake. An excellent release, 5 stars.
This story also has elements of horror in it too. In fact its attempt to delve into the motive of the typical Who villain is inspired.
The story is populated with characters, not merely bodies to say lines enhance the plot or die. Indeed the acting is at the highest level I have heard from Big Finish.
The Doctor - This could very well be Colin Baker's best ever performance. Funny and I believe this may be the first time since Troughton we see a Doctor showing such fear as when he realises what is happening. There is a scene in part four where he has an exchange with Clovis which is one of the best scenes any Doctor has featured in.
Frobisher - He is very funny. His storyline gives him a lot of development and he has grown on me a lot.
Pepin - Very good. The actor who had to play him shows a wide variation of acting skills. He has a lot to do which is so subtle you may miss most of it.
Berengaria - Being an Eastenders hater I was expecting her to be c**p. But she had some of the best scenes and lines of the story. She has gone up a lot in my estimations.
Livilla - What a b***h. Still did her job and was an excellent love to hate her character.
Tacticus - I have great memories from watching Sam Kelly in Allo Allo and On The Up and he gave me even more great memories. He showed a side to his acting skills I would never have guessed he had.
Clovis - Very good, started off as one thing and changed into another. Faded a bit as the story went on but has some great scenes.
Childeric - He didn't really grab me as a listner. But he was a very good psychopath.
In the end I like this story a lot and believe that Big Finish have released their best two stories in the form of this and Scourge. But ultimately people's opinions of this story will rest on what people think of the end. Whether it went to far, or was it not justified? I like this ending but believe it to be adult in tone.
One way to see how amazing this story is, is to play the opening and end scene, listen to how different they are and you will see how the story changed and evolved.
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