Dr Who City of Spires CD (Dr Who Big Finish) (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 16 Apr 2010
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The story runs for four episodes, two to a disc, and each episode runs for twenty eight to thirty three minutes approx.
It's set in eighteenth century scotland, the doctor arriving and finding himself in the middle of the fight between the english redcoats and the highlanders. That's established history. But Jamie doesn't even remember his very first meeting with the doctor. Which he should. Certain historical references aren't what they should be. There's a very big city somewhere between where Glasgow and Edinburgh should be. And one person who shouldn't be there at all.
Time is out of joint. Can the doctor get into the city of spires and find what's really going on here?
The first episode gives you a very interesting set up, and the doctor and jamie make a very good pairing right from the off.
But then the story, whilst never being at all bad, just becomes a bit predictable. In typical doctor who fashion people are captured and escaped, people sneak into the villain's base, various characters have to make difficult choices, and dark secrets of evil overlords are revealed.
Whilst there's nothing wrong with the story and it's format and the cast are all very good, it's just a bit too predictable. Some good moments of comedy and wordplay do shine through though, and the final scene is guaranteeed to put a smile on your lips.
The story, despite being the beginning of a trilogy, is pretty much self contained. But it leaves one big loose end which will doubtless be followed up in the next two parts of the trilogy.
The first disc has a trailer at the beginning for the next story. The last two tracks have roughly nine minutes of the incidental music without any dialogue over it.
And the end of disc two has roughly thirteen minutes of interviews with cast and crew. Well worth a listen especially for the tale of the school that had two doctor's daughters.
The trilogy continues in Dr Who the Wreck of the Titan CD (Dr Who Big Finish) (Doctor Who). Set in between this and that is Dr Who Nights Black Agents CD (Dr Who Big Finish Companion) (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) which is a bonus adventure for this duo. Although you don't need to hear it in order to hear Wreck of the Titan.
Not a bad cd all in all, but there are much more memorable ones in the range.
This is an absolutely joyful moment for Dr Who fans, and sees the return of old favourite Frazier Hines as Jamie McCrimmon. Once a companion of the second Doctor and now living in the Highlands with no memory of his travels (following the Time Lord's suppression of his memory at the end of War Games) Jamie is still the brave and heroic fellow he was. The Sixth Doctor, travelling alone, winds up in the Highlands of Jacobean times and cannot believe it when he bumps into his old friend. Unfortunately, his old friend cannot believe that he was ever a friend of such a dandy.
There follows a story that very much evokes the feel of the Troughton era. At it's hub is the presence in Scotland of some glaring anachronisms that the Doctor must get to the root of. But while investigating there is lots of running around, getting captured and escaping, just like Two, Jamie and Zoe used to in the good old days. It's exuberant, it's fun, it's a real pleasure. Colin Baker and Frazier Hines work really well together, Frazier giving us an older, maybe wiser Jamie and Colin skilfully bringing forth the impish side of his Doctor's personality, reminiscent of Troughton, to recreate that old magic. But don't worry if you're not au fait with the back stories, there is enough exposition along the way to keep you informed, and Frazer Hines' lilting Scottish brogue is so full of charm that you will forget all about the need for explanations.
It's an absolute joy to listen to, an inspired idea from Big Finish to pair them up. Excellent stuff, 5 stars.
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