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Wirrn Dawn (Doctor Who: The New Eighth Doctor Adventures) (Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor Adventures) Audio CD – Audiobook, 30 Jun 2009

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844353966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844353965
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1 x 13.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Aug. 2014
Format: Audio CD
First released in 2009, this is the fourth episode of the third season of standalone releases for Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor outside of the monthly range of Big Finish releases. This is a one disc release, with two 25 minute episodes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc.

Big Finish have, over the years, gained a reputation for doing new and interesting things with old Doctors, companions and monsters. And this is no exception. As the title suggests this story involves the Wirrn, fondly remembered from Tom Baker’s second story, the Robert Holmes penned ‘Ark In Space’. It takes these old monsters and explores them in a way that the TV series never bothered to, making you feel sympathy and understanding for the species.

Along the way it’s a rip roaring ride full of great adventure. Added to which there is a lot of excellent character moments for the Doctor and Lucie, which McGann and Smith play out beautifully.

It’s an adventure with a lot going on, and all of it great stuff to listen to. It’s full of the verve, vigour and insightfulness that we expect from the best Eighth Doctor adventures, 5 stars.
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As the sleeve notes point out, audio gives a fantastic way to tell a big story with sound that is hard even with the kind of CGI we have available these days. This is another example a quality Big Finish product that is as good as it can be rather than merely good enough for the fans to buy.

The story is very much Aliens2 meets Dr. Who and the soundscape really does work, the Wirrn last seen in Ark in Space are fighting for territory with humanity, yet there was a time when they compromised.

Packed with fighting, space battles, sinister insect aliens and mini-cliff hanges this failed to get five stars only as the lunkhead soldiers were slightly more stereotypical than they could have been, and the resolving plot device was somewhat obvious.

Basically though a cracking tale!
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
fourth in the latest series of doctor who audio plays featuring paul mcgann as the eighth doctor and sheridan smith as his companion lucie miller. the story stands entirely on it's own and you can get into it without having heard earlier ones. or without having seen Doctor Who - The Ark In Space [1974] [DVD] [1963] the fourth doctor story that was the first to feature the wirrn, the insectoid aliens who feature in this one.

It's been likened to the movie and novel starship troopers with good reason, because it features humans fighting insect aliens. the tardis crew land in the middle of this, and are quickly forced to fight to survive when the ship they arrive on comes under attack. the doctor and lucie plus two soldiers - a hard bitten warrior and a teenage recruit - plus their feamle commander are all thrown together and end up stranded on a planet with lots of wirrn for company.

the wirrn are parasitic aliens who take over the bodies of other creatures and turn them into one of their own. can the doctor and the humans survive? and will the hidden truths about the planet come out?

the story is complete in two twenty five minute long episodes, and is absolutely gripping stuff. you're thrown right into the middle of the fighting and will feel the saem terror and confusion that lucie does. And after that the small cast means every character gets some great depth and some excellent moments, all played very well by actors colin salmon [seen in the doctor who tv episodes silence in the library and forest of the dead] and daniel anthony [clyde in the sarah jane adventures]

This story acknowledges right away that the doctor can't save the day here.
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Perhaps you thought that the New Eighth Doctor Adventures couldn't get any worse than 'The Zygon Who Fell To Earth'. Think again.

This has to rank as one of the most unbearable sixty minutes I have ever spent wearing headphones, fond memories of 'The Ark in Space' forever tainted by association with this dire sequel. This being the NEDAs, it's no surprise (need I point it out) that the only woman in the spaceship crew is the one to be taken over by the Wirrn (her transformation so poorly realised as to sound like a porn movie through an effects pedal).

Throughout, the sound design is grating and unpleasant and it's safe to say that, apart from Daniel Anthony as Delong, this has not one single redeeming feature.

Awful.
Just awful.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who by way of Starship Troopers 2 Jan. 2012
By ThatHollie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Television special effects being somewhat limited, the Wirrn of the seventies were more of a murder mystery than an action movie, if I am remembering correctly. This story wants to be very action-oriented, although it does have a clever idea or two as its basis. The action-oriented stories are not especially my favorite, there's way too much "Oh look over there, an army of thousands of giant insects are eating that city" type of dialogue. But this is not my main complaint, the writing is above-average.

Do you enjoy listening to actresses on television pretending to give birth? If you do, then this is the story for you. If you do not enjoy a lot female screaming, attempting to simulate unbearable pain, with a lot of Shatner-esque speaking-while-hyperventilating, then you may have to listen to this tale with your hand on the volume knob. Like the other reviewer, I have to fault the sound designer. I like to listen to these stories in the car, where turning it up to hear conversations means too many ridiculously loud screams and/or explosions.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Eighh Supports Human Sacrifice! Yay! 22 Feb. 2015
By Adam Graham, Superhero and Detective Fiction Author - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This story of a war between human colonists and the Wirrin starts out strongly enough as a bit of Starship Troopers meets Doctor Who before collapsing in on itself.

There were four problems:

1) Our guest characters were pretty bland. Once the ship crashes onto the planet, we have a screaming female admiral, and then we have a stereotypical overly macho cowardly bully and a bullied outsider who I guess is supposed to be like a space version of a native American or aboriginal. Performances are okay but a tad stereotypical.

2) The dialogue is weak. I love Sheridan Smith, but some of the dialogue put in her mouth was just stupid.

3) The Doctor praises a society that decided to offer up one of their own each year as a sacrifice for the Wirrin Queen to infest and take over in order to keep peace with the Wirrin and immediately tries to remind the Wirrin of these "good times." at the place where the sacrifice was usually done. The Eight Doctor says they did what was necessary to survive and that this wasn't about right or wrong but survival. And that it was disgusting but disgusting things happened in nature. However, the problem is that a society sacrificing one of its own isn't nature, it's barbarism and murder. The Doctor has condemned this sort of "ends justify the means" survival matters most thinking numerous times before and since, but it's irksome that writer Nicholas Briggs introduces the idea here and is excuse is flimsy that he was trying to match it to how the 4th Doctor when he first encountered the Wirrin. The episode in which the Fourth Doctor delivered his best, "Humanity is awesome" speech because he was separating from humanity.

4) This is stupid because the premise is that the Wirrin have become so aggressive because they've been gestating inside of cows rather than humans and that if they gestate inside humans they'll understand they need peace with humanity. That's a very hard conclusion to draw from "Ark in Space" given that on their own the Wirrin pretty much was setting out to destroy humanity. It's not only regular science dumb, it's Doctor Who science dumb.

The story has good moments early on and some nice interactions between the Doctor and Lucie and Lucie and stereotypical bully guy but overall I found myself disappointed in this release.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wirrn Have Feelings Too! 8 Oct. 2010
By S Maslin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Perhaps you thought that the New Eighth Doctor Adventures couldn't get any worse than 'The Zygon Who Fell To Earth'. Think again.

This has to rank as one of the most unbearable sixty minutes I have ever spent wearing headphones, fond memories of 'The Ark in Space' forever tainted by association with this dire sequel. This being the NEDAs, it's no surprise (need I point it out) that the only woman in the spaceship crew is the one to be taken over by the Wirrn (her transformation so poorly realised as to sound like a porn movie through an effects pedal).

Throughout, the sound design is grating and unpleasant and it's safe to say that, apart from Daniel Anthony as Delong, this has not one single redeeming feature.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 8th Doctor story 3 Feb. 2016
By Steve Ivanovics - Published on Amazon.com
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