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Love and War (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Oct 2012

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781780242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781780244
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.4 x 14.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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During the `lost years' of Doctor Who following the TV show's cancellation at the end of the Eighties, various fans kept the flame alive, chiefly through Virgin's New Doctor Who Adventures that continued to be published for some six or so years and are credited with paving the way for the series' current return to the forefront of the BBC's drama output. Paul Cornell was one of the prime movers, responding to a request for original Doctor Who novels and producing this imaginative tale; arguably one of the best in the New Adventures range.
The audio CD adaptation is a real treat - Big Finish have a real knack for taking existing stories and imbuing them with new life whilst retaining the essence of the source novelization, and with McCoy and Aldred recapturing the spirits (and voices) of their younger selves perfectly, and Lisa Bowerman returning to voice Benny Summerfield, this is a superb audio drama from start to finish.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Oct. 2014
The novel of Love and War was published in 1992, written by Paul Cornell. The novel was one of the New Adventures published by Virgin after the cancellation of the original tv series in 1989 and continued the incarnation of the Seventh Doctor (as played by Sylvester McCoy) and his companion Ace (as played by Sophie Aldred). This adaptation of the novel was done by Jacqueline Rayner, and has a full cast in the audio adventure now released by Big Finish.

Because the story was originally one of the New Adventures from now over twenty years ago, the Doctor and Ace portrayed in the story are not those that are now more familiar to us from the Big Finish audio stories. Rather, the Doctor is in his manipulator, game-player persona familiar to us from the late Seventh Doctor tv stories, where he is darker and more mysterious. And Ace is young; young enough to still know her original name was Dorothy McShane, and to have issues with her mother; young enough to fall in love immediately and with her whole heart; and young enough to have just buried her best friend on Earth, in Perivale.

Leaving Perivale, the Doctor and Ace find themselves on Heaven, a planet where the Doctor wants to find a book. Heaven is a planet made to suit those who want to rest in/on Heaven, where bodies from across the galaxy are shipped to their final resting place. And a planet where Bernice Summerfield, a professor of archaeology, is studying the ancient civilisation which once lived on Heaven.

This is a great story; I remember reading it all those years ago, and wondering about a universe where the Doctor and Ace were so far removed from those tv stories that, up until then, were all we had to go by for the Doctor’s worldview.
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It has been an impossibly long time since the novel of Love and War was released, and this full cast audio drama captures much of the atmosphere of the book. Sylvester McCoy is superb, and despite the writing of Ace being at times somewhat out of character Sophie Aldred brings a great emotional credibility to the whole project. For fans of the New Adventure books, or who enjoy hearing Sylvester McCoy on top form, this is an audio treat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done, Albeit Uncomfortable Story 15 April 2016
By Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author - Published on Amazon.com
Love and War kicked off a whole new era for the Doctor Who Virgin New Adventure novels as it saw the departure of Ace and the introduction of Professor Bernice Summerfield as the Doctor's new companion.

Overall, the tale works thanks to the beautifully crafted guest characters who have a web of intricate relationships. The story explores a variety of ideas, including some mature themes, though not in an exploitative way. The plot is nearly as strong as the characters, setting up an epic struggle based on a monster that was little more than a throw away line in the classic series becomes a fully fleshed out terror in a plot that is really given an epic feel by Big Finish.

The story is, at times, uncomfortable. It takes Ace to a point of very raw emotional vulnerability and then we get to see her emotionally breakdown in a very painful uncontrolled way. It's a difficult moment to listen to for such a beloved companion and is quite jarring. Love and War is very good for what it is, particularly in giving us a solid origin for Bernice Summerfield and all its great character work, but it's not the type of Doctor Who story I'd like to hear all the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 Mar. 2015
By Duane W. Stronach - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent audio-book, very enjoyable
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