- Save 10% on selected children’s books, compliments of Amazon Family Promotion exclusive for Prime members .
A Thousand Tiny Wings (Doctor Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 31 Jan 2010
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Special offers and product promotions
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
Disc 1 has the usual interviews with cast and crew; Tracey Childs and Sylvester McCoy are unsurprisingly the best interviewees of the bunch.
A Thousand Tiny Wings is the first of a trilogy of stories featuring Klein, patiently waiting and desperate to restore her own time line, in which the Nazis won the second world war. She is in Kenya in the early `50s, trapped in a house with an assortment of upper class English Ladies and living in fear of attack from the Mau Mau. But why is she there? Enter the Doctor, travelling alone and arriving quite by chance. He and Klein reluctantly team up, to fight not only the very real threat of the Mau Mau, but also a hidden threat that is far more insidious and frightening, and forces Klein to confront some of her own beliefs.
This is a superbly written, directed and acted drama that really delivers on all fronts. From the tense drama of the house under siege and the paranoia that situation engenders, through to the well developed other threat, and finally the excellent characterisations and especially the philosophical arguments between Klein and the Doctor, the story hangs together really well. Childs and McCoy really get their teeth into their roles, and the constant debate between the two as the Doctor tries to change Klein's world view is a real joy to listen to. The directon is excellent, building up the tension and pacing the dram nicely, and the sound production is superb, really giving the piece a feeling of time and place.
I have to say that this is a superb release from Big Finish, 5 stars.
The story runs for four episodes of roughly twenty five minutes each and is spread over two discs.
The Doctor and Klein meet again when the Doctor visits a farm in 1950's kenya. A remote place in a country currently in the grip of rebellion, and a place where several european women are awaiting news or rescue by the british army. The first part takes a while to set the mood but does this very well, all the characters being convincing as people of the time by virtue of their attitudes. The feel of being out in the middle of nowhere is achieved by virtue of minimal sound and music, thus when things happen suddenly it really makes you jump.
The women find something alien in the middle of all this. They then have that to worry about in addition to the rebels. And the story follows the classic doctor who model of an isolated place coming under siege from alien forces.
There are lots of moral debates about the rights and wrongs of the whole thing, and they are very interesting food for thought.
It also throws in some interesting trust issues when a new arrival reaches the farm. But are they telling the truth?
The resolution to the alien side of the plot is done via a long dialogue scene in part four. It's a little over familiar but does have a fair amount of originality also. But after that the human side of things is concluded with a very memorable scene that allows for a lot of character development.
The second half of this story isn't quite as good as the first but it's an excellent one all in all and well worth a listen.
There are eighteen minutes worth of interviews with cast and crew at the end of disc one. These work better than ever before by virtue of having the director of the story present them rather than just an interviewer. And the end of disc four has the latest part of the three companions, a story that has been proceeding one episode at a time over the last eleven big finish releases. This episode moves the whole thing along nicely and seems to set up a finale, but one that might be a bit rushed.
A trailer for the next part of the trilogy Survival of the Fittest (Doctor Who) can be found at the start of disc one. I look forward to hearing it.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
The highlight of the story is the interaction between between the Doctor and Klein. It's amazing how they are continually bouncing between their ideological and personal enmity and scientific and strategic cooperation to uncover the mystery of the strange deaths. It's an odd sort of chemistry that works wonderfully. The Doctor's decision to have Klein travel with him is stunning but definitely intriguing.
The plot itself is engaging, with a few good twists and concepts along the way. The acting by most of the supporting characters was good, though some of the characters are rather flat which given the number of characters "on stage" poses a small problem. Sylvia O'Donnell is almost too much of a stereotype and while her turn at the end is good, it could have used a little more build up so it seemed less sudden.
While most reviewers think this requires Coldlitz, I heard it without having listened to that play first and had no trouble following it. This is incredibly entertaining and highly recommended.
Tracy Childs absolutely shines in her return to the role and Sylvester McCoy's 7th Doctor plays off of her splendidly to make A Thousand Tiny wings the beginning of something special.
With the Background of the Mau Mau uprising the Doctor finds himself in Africa finding the woman who is adrift from her own timeline, a timeline where Germany won WW II thanks to the Doctor and Ace's inadvertent actions at Colditz. This time there is no paradox to resolve, simply a disease that threatens to kill a group of English, that is if the Mau Mau don't get to them first.
It is a real treat to see how these characters interact, (the supporting cast is strong too) and the idea of the Doctor traveling with someone that he not only can't trust but he knows is actively looking to regain use of the Tardis to subvert (or correct from her point of view) time give the series an awful lot of potential.
And if that wasn't enough the Penultimate episode of The Three Companions gives you yet another reason to buy.
The quality of the story and the acting makes up for the additional wait for the resolution of Hex's situation The Angel of Scutari (Doctor Who) for at least another year. This is the 7th Doctor at his best.