- Audio CD
- Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (31 July 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844359433
- ISBN-13: 978-1844359431
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 15.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Protect and Survive (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Jul 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
This is an atmospheric and chilling story that unnerves from the very first and just gets darker. The Doctor is mysteriously missing from the TARDIS, then Ace and Hex are deposited in a disturbing situation – it’s England in the 1980’s, and there is a nuclear war going on. This is not the history that either of them remember. The tale evolves into an intense and claustrophobic little story as Ace and Hex take up shelter with an elderly couple in their homebuilt shelter. But, as ever, everything is not as it seems and there is a dark scheme of the Doctor’s behind everything. But where is the Doctor?
Cleverly constructed around the old protect and survive public information videos, and owing a little to Raymond Briggs’ ‘Blowing in the Wind’, this is perhaps the darkest, and most disturbing Doctor Who story I have seen or heard. The pitch perfect performances of Sophie Aldred and Philip Olivier really builds the tension, and the whole thing manages to cover the absence of McCoy (then off in New Zealand filming the Hobbit) really nicely, his appearance kept to a minimum with a few lines here and there that suggest some dark scheme going on.
It’s a dark and disturbing piece, which will make you laugh and cry. Absolutely brilliant, 5 stars.
This is the 162nd release by Big Finish in the main range of Doctor Who audio stories. The story is the first of an interlinked trilogy (continued in ‘Black and White’ and completed in ‘Gods and Monsters’). This story is rather unusual in that it features heavily the actions of the Doctor’s two companions, and is fairly light on the presence of the Doctor himself. In fact, he largely appears in retrospect as the events of the story unfold. The reason for this was that Sylvester McCoy was, at the time of recording, busy filming The Hobbit in New Zealand.
Ace and Hex are in the Tardis, which is behaving erratically, when the cloister bell starts to sound. Danger is clearly imminent, and they manage to land the Tardis. But where is the Doctor? When the Tardis leaves them, they must struggle to survive where they are, at the home of Peggy and Albert Marsden in the late 1980s. But World War III is about to arrive, and nobody seems to be quite prepared for it, except for the announcer on the radio.
Jonathan Morris has written a brilliant story here. It’s difficult to say a lot about the action without spoilers, so suffice it to say that it’s well worth hearing, and is a story with a depth that will repay repeated listening. The characterisation of Ace and Hex is great; their relationship is solid and clearly built on a solid grounding, which shows through in the whole storyline here. They are supportive of, and caring for each other throughout, but there is a ‘reality’ in the relationship which shows through in every aspect of their motivations and emotional responses to what is a very emotive and darkly nuanced story.Read more ›
This run of three stories promises to pull together long running plot strands that have been going in the Seventh Doctor audios for quite some time. And should also make you see last year's Seventh Doctor on his own trilogy in a different light. Casual listeners may not have too much trouble getting into it, though, but it is probably much better for those who are regular listeners to this range.
It runs for four episodes of twenty five to thirty minutes each [approx] and is spread over two discs.
When this was recorded Sylvester Mccoy's availability was restricted by his work on the feature film version of the Hobbit, so the writing had to work around that. And they've done it rather well in a clever fashion.
The story sees Ace and Hex finding themselves alone in the TARDIS which is in danger. And when it lands they are in the north of England back in the 1980's. They meet a pleasant old married couple who are making preparations to survive impending nuclear war. As the world moves to the brink of it when the hardline Russian leadership sends in the troops as the soviet union and it's satellite states threaten to break up.
None of which is recorded history for Ace and Hex.
Can they survive? Find out what's really going on here? And most importantly: where is the Doctor?
This is very much a showcase for the Ace and Hex relationship, and the two come over like a brother and sister.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best Big Finish story I've heard. Really atmospheric, well acted, clear sound and great story.Published 7 months ago by Alex
Fabulously scary story. Plays with your mind in so many ways.Published on 12 Jun. 2015 by SherburnInElmet
Protect and Survive is quite a chilling listen that forces one's attention from early on. It is simple and educative yet compelling and really makes the most of audio whilst being... Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2012 by R. Le Quin
Seven isn't one of my favourite Doctors and I've said before that I sometimes find Sylvester McCoy's vocal mannerisms rather irritating - but that said, I can't deny that some of... Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2012 by Caz