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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 10 October 2013
This is the third and final story in a loosely overarching storyline. The first story, The Burning Prince featured the Fifth Doctor; the second, the Acheron Pulse features the Sixth Doctor, and this one features the Seventh Doctor. In all three stories the Doctor is without companions so the action is focused very much on the individual Doctors and their unique personalities.

By the end of the second story The Acheron Pulse the Sixth Doctor believes he has resolved the problem, moral, ethical and otherwise of the Wrath and leaves well pleased with his work. Some fifty years later the Seventh Doctor, as played by Sylvester McCoy is caught up in the long-simmering aftermath that still seems to plague the Drashani Empire.

This story is rather cleverly played out - the first cd (made up of two parts) I thought it was all a bit pat, as the Doctor seemed to know what was going on (even though we didn't), and I thought for a while it was going to be one of those `too clever for its own good' stories where it all falls into place too easily. But when you get to the second cd (third and fourth parts of the story) it all comes together for the listener and becomes a much more overall satisfying story, which is very cleverly and craftily put together.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and absolutely loved the three overarching stories in this storyline. The Wrath are a great creation, and in this third story they are utterly enthralling - I kept playing the scenes with them over and over just to hear their voices - brilliant. This story, and the three stories in the storyline are totally and utterly recommended. This is fantastic Doctor Who and should not be missed by any Doctor fan.
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VINE VOICEon 30 April 2013
The final part in the epic Drashani Empire trilogy sees the 7th Doctor Sylvester Mccoy back in the empire 50 years after his last visit and this time he has a price on his head after events from the last story. A ruthless bounty hunter working for a mysterious master is after The Doctor as are The Wrath now justice machines following the events of The Archeron Pulse plus Earth battle ships and a crew of intergalactic salvage hunters are all involved too. The first part The Burning Prince was excellent and while the 2nd and 3rd parts of the trilogy aren't as good it has still been a fun and enjoyable trilogy with Star Trek Deep Space Nine's Chase Masterson giving an excellent guest performance as the bounty hunter after The Doctor and i would love to see a return appearance from the character in future audios or even an appearance on tv. Sylvester Mccoy like Colin Baker got a lot of stick when he was The Doctor on tv but though he did start off terrible in his first season he got a lot better and darker later on and this audio shows signs of both the clown he played in his earlier stories plus the darker more manipulative Doctor from his later ones who i prefferred. Whether or not The Doctor will return for further adventures in the empire is unclear but it has been a fun trilogy.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 20 October 2015
This is the third and final story in a loosely overarching storyline. The first story, The Burning Prince featured the Fifth Doctor; the second, the Acheron Pulse features the Sixth Doctor, and this one features the Seventh Doctor. In all three stories the Doctor is without companions so the action is focused very much on the individual Doctors and their unique personalities.

By the end of the second story The Acheron Pulse the Sixth Doctor believes he has resolved the problem, moral, ethical and otherwise of the Wrath and leaves well pleased with his work. Some fifty years later the Seventh Doctor, as played by Sylvester McCoy is caught up in the long-simmering aftermath that still seems to plague the Drashani Empire.

This story is rather cleverly played out - the first cd (made up of two parts) I thought it was all a bit pat, as the Doctor seemed to know what was going on (even though we didn't), and I thought for a while it was going to be one of those `too clever for its own good' stories where it all falls into place too easily. But when you get to the second cd (third and fourth parts of the story) it all comes together for the listener and becomes a much more overall satisfying story, which is very cleverly and craftily put together.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and absolutely loved the three overarching stories in this storyline. The Wrath are a great creation, and in this third story they are utterly enthralling - I kept playing the scenes with them over and over just to hear their voices - brilliant. This story, and the three stories in the storyline are totally and utterly recommended. This is fantastic Doctor Who and should not be missed by any Doctor fan.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 24 July 2014
This is the hundred and sixty seventh release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as a companionless Seven. There are four episodes, roughly 30-40 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the second disc and a few minutes of the soundtrack at the end of disc 1. This is the third part of a trilogy of interlinked adventures, the first featured the Fifth Doctor, and the second featured the Sixth, giving us a multi Doctor story in which the various incarnations do not meet ‘on screen’, a great concept that Big Finish have toyed with in the past, but never fully committed to like this.

Being the third part of a trilogy, this spends a bit of time wrapping up loose ends, and it is recommended listening to the first two instalments, ‘The Burning Prince’ and ‘The Acheron Pulse’ first in order to get the most out of this.

I’ll have to keep this vague so as not to give any spoilers. Following the theme of the Doctor dealing with the consequences of his past, this finds him on the run from a bounty hunter whilst trying to sort out the problems his pride created at the end of the previous adventure, some 50 years after his previous visit to the Drashani empire. The narrative is fractured and utilises his ability to travel in time very nicely, giving us a story that keeps the listener on their toes as they try to follow it, but not so complicated that it detracts from the fun of it. It’s the sort of sotry structure that suits the manipulative Seventh Doctor very well. McCoy clearly enjoys himself here, and gives a performance to match. It is populated with a wealth of great supporting characters, all well realised and brought to life, and has an epic, grandiose quality to it. It’s a cracking end to the trilogy, 5 stars.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 25 December 2012
Latest Doctor Who audio story. This one features Sylvester Mccoy as the Seventh Doctor. Travelling without any companions.

It's the final part in a trilogy, following on from 'The Burning Prince' and The Acheron Pulse (Doctor Who). This run of stories has seen the Doctor have to deal with the politics of an interstellar empire at three different times in his life. A different incarnation each time. Thus in this story the Seventh Doctor has to deal with the actions of his predecessors. Which have had consequences.

You will get more out of the Shadow Heart if you have heard those other two stories.

The Shadow Heart is a four part story, spread across two cd's. The episodes run from thirty to thirty eight minutes in length [approx].

The story, as with the other two, has a strong space opera feel. It begins at quite a pace as a spaceport bar has it's peace interrupted by the arrival of the TARDIS. And a bounty hunter called Vienna, who is hot on the Doctor's heels.

Two space traders who travel in a rather unique mode of transport get caught up in all of this.

Someone wants the Doctor to answer for his past actions. And it will all come together in the Shadow Heart, a place where the fate of worlds will be decided.

The first episode is pacy and involving. The supporting characters are good and managed not to be at all cliched, which they could have run the risk of being. Vienna is played by Chase Masterson, whom some may remember as D'abo girl Leeta on Star Trek Deep Space Nine.

This being a Seventh Doctor story means it's not at all that simple, as he's up to things. And it uses the fact that he can time travel in a rather clever way. The first two parts hint strongly at this. And it all becomes clear in part three. You will have to think a bit about some of the story structure as a result, but you shouldn't have any problem.

This does contain some exciting scenes of space battles. And it does cut right back to what started this trilogy off in the first place. And uses that to bring it all to a conclusion. No more can be said about that without spoilers. Whilst the final episode is very long it is a very good finale, both to a strong story and a strong trilogy.

There's just under nine minutes [approx] of music from the story on the final track of disc one.

And a trailer for the next release in this range on the final track of disc two.

Some may wish to be aware that we haven't heard the last of Vienna, as she will be in her own audio story which will be out next year.
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on 6 March 2013
3.5 stars.

I was going to give it four stars, but it kind of petered out towards the end.

Seven isn't my favourite Doctor, and I still find Sylvester McCoy's exaggerated verbal ticks rather annoying, but there's no denying he's had some absolutely superb stories throughout the Big Finish range. The stories of his I've listened to most recently have tended to be the wibbly-wobbliest of the timey-wimey ones; I'm not sure if it's always been that way, or if it's a recent trend (or it's always been that way and I've only just noticed!) but I rather enjoy the way they're set up, even if I do spend the first half of the story going "huh?" and scratching my head.

This, then, is the final adventure in the trilogy that began with the Fifth Doctor in  and continued with the Sixth Doctor in The Acheron Pulse (Doctor Who). I felt that the second half of the story didn't really live up to the promise of the first half, and that overall, this was the weakest of the trilogy. There was plenty going on and good use was made of the Doctor's time-travelling abilities, but it didn't really grab my attention as much as the first or second instalments.
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on 25 December 2012
The third in a sequence of three, although each can easily be enjoyed alone, this audio adventure is entertaining, well performed, and well written. Best of all, Sylvester McCoy is on top form once again, and all of the performances are strong, in particular James Wilby. It's a delight, and one that can be enjoyed even more by listening to Colin Baker in The Archeron Pulse too. An audio just too good to miss.
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