Lucie Miller (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) Audio CD – Audiobook, 28 Feb 2011
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While it follows on from where Lucie and Alex leave the Doctor and Susan to go travelling, the Doctor has since had his own adventure in Prisoner of the Sun. At the end of that story, the Doctor gets a transmission from Lucie.
But for much of this story, Lucie is struggling to cope with what is happening around her (and Earth) without having the Doctor's assistance, or even presence. The story moves between narration from Lucie, recording the drama for the Doctor's later hearing (assuming he gets it), and the action itself. The story takes place over two years, so there is room for a lot of action to take place.
Old enemies and older enemies return to interfere in Earth's history, and Lucie, Susan and the Earth survivors struggle to thwart their plans.
I really liked this story; it had all the elements that make a great Doctor Who story (except, for much of it, the Doctor!). But it had the `classic' feel, which I really love about these type of stories - Daleks, other enemies, Susan, struggling to survive on Earth ... and a great cliffhanger!
Only grumble I keep thinking is that it would have been better to package the next story, To the Death, with this one - after all, they are interdependent - how many people would want one and not the other? Seems rather like cutting a novel in half to package them separately like this.
And it brings together lots of characters and ongoing stories from throughout the season so casual listeners are advised to steer clear and listen to them in proper order.
But those who have heard these all the way through get the beginning of what should be a very memorable finale.
It's one long episode, that runs for just over fifty three minutes, and is complete on a single cd.
It follows on from the end of the previous story which saw the Doctor pick up a distress call from Lucie, and then backtracks to fill us in on what's happened to her.
Lucie narrates the bulk of the tale, and describes how people on Earth start to fall prey to a terrible sickness. The small cast and audio sound design do work very well here as it gives a great feel of people being caught up in the middle of a crisis, fighting to get home to loved ones as things spiral out of control around them.
And then the Daleks turn up....
What happens next is a story of resistance as people fight the alien overlords. And nobody comes out of it entirely unscathed.
And then the Doctor arrives. Has an unexpected reunion. Because just when he's finally returned to save the day Lucie might lose him again.
As a story of fighting the Daleks this is very good stuff, ending with some superb sound design to create a very memorable battle. But it's not just about that. It's about the effect the Doctor has on people. About how some will never lose faith in him, even when others might start to doubt.Read more ›
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A dark & disturbing preview to the finale of the series, instantly forgettable & was quite unintelligable in parts I thought.Published on 5 July 2011 by Mr. Mark Percival