The Last (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Oct 2004
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The Kro'ka sends the three travellers to a zone like no other. It quickly becomes evident that ther is no life anywhere on the surface of the planet, after some cataclysm. There are a few survivors underground, but is all as it seems? And just how sane are they?
It's an interesting adventure in which the Doctor gets to confront some of his darker fears, and deep pain is brought to the fore in a reference to two characters from the TV series. It's a well structured adventure in which Eight and his companions battle to survive. It also neatly starts to give a few explanations of the nature of the Kro'ka and the world which he has been shunting the three companions around.
In all an excellent production with a real sense of danger and drama. 4 stars.
"Powerful forces are at work on Bortresoye that not even a nuclear holocaust can tame; natural forces that have excited the interest of Excelsior, the self-proclaimed saviour of her people.
"With Charley immobilised and C'rizz left to battle against the elements with some of the victims of war, one final, desparate hope of escape presents itself to the travellers.
"But who will be the last to leave the planet? Who will have to stay behind? And will the Doctor, Charley and C'rizz live long enough to find out?"
"The Last", by Gary Hopkins, maintains the imaginative streak shown in "Faith Stealer", building Big Finish's second Divergent Universe season into a more consistent and cohesive whole than the previous one.
This time, the Doctor, Charley and C'rizz find themselves caught up in the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust, in the ruins of an alien city ravaged by a nuclear winter; and, true to Big Finish Productions' high standards, the devastation and hostile climate is conveyed to perfection by the combination of fantastic sound design and very atmospheric music. It is bleakness at its truest.
A small guest cast play the last few survivors of the war on Bortresoye, holed up in a government bunker under the watchful eye of their leader, Excelsior (Carolyn Jones). Jones plays Excelsior very convincingly, and as the play goes on we witness her descent from delusion into total madness, without Jones' performance ever becoming OTT or unconvincing.Read more ›
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This is a bleak production, but a brilliant one as well. As a cautionary anti-War tale, there are few Doctor Who stories that The story is filled with great psychological moments, as well as an eerie mystery regarding the ghost C'Rizz is seeing, which the Doctor is initially dismissive of.
Carolyn Jones is superb as Excelsior and the cast shines. For the first time, I really connected with C'Rizz as a character. His concern for Charley is touching. Charley is paralyzed in the first part and struggles with many key questions but an understated way. She does manage to see through Excelsior in a solid scene.
The High Concepts that characterize the best of the Divergent Universe are here. The eerie sound of Excelsior's speech being broadcast to a population that's no longer alive is a chilling audio image.
I do feel the ending, which served as a fix, was also a bit of a cheat. Still, this is solidly written and moving piece that brings Doctor and Companions to life brilliantly.
We begin with the doctor confronting his past and some of his late companions, Apparently the writer of The Boy That Time Forgot (Doctor Who) ignored this episode. He then finds himself and his companions in a post nuclear holocaust. Meanwhile the survivors deep in a bunker massage their leader Madame Excelsior with thought of victory parades and gowns etc etc etc.
As you might suspect they shortly find their way into the bunker but not without disaster as we see the excelsior go madder and madder to the point of murder.
There are one or two bright spots; Charley dealing with her paralysis Crizz dealing with the loss of Charley but as one by one the supporting characters are eliminated the story nears a climax that resolves the story. It's interesting but doesn't hold the story built above it.
The performances are better than the material, particularly Conrad Westmaas as CRizz. Carolyn Jones as Madame Excelsior is pretty good in her role as well. You find yourself hating her very much. The fatalistic ending perhaps fits the 8th doctors character per Dr Who Twin Audio CD Neverland (Doctor Who)and Scherzo (Doctor Who) but it just doesn't work. In fact the crash was so bad it really spoilt the whole thing.
Of the episodes 8th doctor episodes I've heard so far it ranks with Dr Who Phobos (Dr Who Big Finish) and Invaders from Mars (Doctor Who). This is not proud company.
Buy it if you must to complete the set.