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Zagreus (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 3 Oct 2003

3.8 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (3 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844350320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844350322
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 1.2 x 13.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 536,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Dec. 2011
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To get the background to this story, you really need to listen to Neverland first. Having an understanding of the way in which Charley and the Doctor are travelling together in the first place also helps to put in context the story which continues from Neverland with the main point of conflict between time and anti-time. I first listened to this about 18 months ago, and in a somewhat stop-start manner while travelling in the car. I found, listening to it this time over three consecutive evenings (one cd per evening) that it hung together better and flowed well, building to a very satisfying conclusion.

The Doctor is not himself and Charley is separated from him by what appears to be the Brigadier as she searches for a way to help the Doctor. Old friends and old companions pop up in new guises as the story moves through the three cd-set. It's only on the third cd that the elements of the story that has long been building start to move in unison towards the conclusion, and that's really not what the listener is expecting.

This is clearly a set-piece written to celebrate Doctor Who's fortieth anniversary, and as such needs to have elements that celebrate that without doubt for the listener. As such, the familiar voices are a nice touch. I was not so excited about the Lewis Carroll "Alice in Wonderland" theme that carries through the story; while it does work, I think this element of the storyline could have been improved upon.

This is not great literature, but it is what it purports to be - a great Doctor Who anniversary celebratory story, which features a whole lot of familiar voices and contexts, and introduces new elements with the anti-time element, and the whole Zagreus concept.
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Its really difficult to describe Zagreus. An anniversary story (40th), with about a million guest actors (some playing the roles they did in the series, some not), three discs, and one hell of an epic story. Kudos for not going down the same way as The Five Doctors, but this is a sprawling behemoth that takes everything about Doctor Who and threatens to tear it to shreds. Many times i found myself thinking "no, they can't do that!" before things are fixed moments later. I can't complain about it because it is very very good, (and quite serious) but in comparison to the smaller scale Whopisodes it isn't in my favour. In particular the three disc - three part layout is quite hefty - i much prefer shorter parts, more cliffhangers. That said the two cliffhangers that do occur are excellent. I ended up listening to the final disc in one sitting at 1am in the morning (exam the next day) simply because i was completely hooked. As for the acting...well, Paul McGann shows us again why he was absolutely fantastic in the central role, but India Fisher as Charley really shines. There is some word play between the Doc and Charley which thanks to the acting comes across as somewhat ambiguous. Exactly how do they feel about each other? Will their relationship shatter the hopes and heighten the fears of fans, or are they just...the best friends ever?
The humour, of which i thought there would be close to nil due to the seriousness of the storyline, is spot on. Conrad Westmass' chesire cat is hilarious and Sylvester McCoy is a dream come true.
I spent a year before listening to this wondering who played the voice of Zagreus, expecting a guest actor in much the same way as the previous three dramas, Omega, Davros and Master. When i finally discovered who voices the evil being of anti-time...silly silly me.
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By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 May 2010
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To celebrate 40 years of Doctor Who, and the 50th Big Finish audio adventure, something big and ambitious was required. A multi-Doctor story is a traditional way of marking anniversaries, but the Big Finish team have decided to play around with the traditional format and deliver a very experimental story that breaks the mould somewhat.

This is an Eighth Doctor story, following the saga of Charlotte Pollard and the repercussions of her continued existence after the Doctor rescued her from certain death on the R101. Following the events of `Neverland', the Doctor and the Tardis have been infected with anti time. Trapped within the Tardis, the Doctor is struggling to fight the infection and regain his own identity, and Charlie is trying to find the Doctor. The Tardis is trying to help both of them, guiding them with familiar and voices from the past.

There are a whole host of ex (and future) companions here, but not all playing the parts that we are familiar with. This also goes for Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy, and makes for a very interesting story. The highlights are Nicholas Courtney with a warm and comforting performance, and the inclusion of a fan recording of the great Jon Pertwee, his appearance makes this a special event. Paul McGann holds the whole thing together with a strong central performance.

Spread over nearly 4 hours and three discs, the story is quite involved, and very intriguing. Adequate time is given to all the special guests, and the whole thing comes together very nicely in the final scenes as all the strands are tied up and the Doctor and Charlie's fates become clear. The big experiment in the production in the main works very well, and this is indeed a very special celebration of the anniversary. It is, however, very necessary that you listen to a few of the Charlie Pollard/Eighth Doctor storie, especially Stormwarning and Neverland first in order to get backstory.
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