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4.3 out of 5 stars
4.3 out of 5 stars
Terror Firma (Doctor Who)
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on 28 June 2015
Oh dear. I had high expectations for this one, seeing all the positive reviews, but personally for me this was an absolute clunker. Right from the plot to the performances, I found it all pretty embarrassing. McGann is as reliable as always, but other members of the cast woefully overact, from India Fisher to, arguably the worst offender, Terry Molloy as Davros. Some of the ancillary characters are also quite irritating, especially Harriet Griffin. The plot is overblown and ultimately silly. Lidster has written better stories than this (The Reaping and The Gathering) and worse (The Rapture), although this one still sits firmly in the one-star category for me.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 8 July 2014
This story is the first back in the universe that we know after the Doctor and Charley have been in the Divergent Universe. They return from there with C’rizz and are immediately captured by Daleks. Separated, C’rizz, Charley and the Doctor find their own truths in the world they now find themselves in. For C’rizz the whole universe is new and strange, and he finds himself questioning everything, even the truths of his relationships with the Doctor and Charley. Charley finds herself helping a troubled young man and realises she is closer to home than she could ever have thought possible. And the Doctor finds himself torn between his duty to humanity, and the pleas of a very old and very dangerous foe.

The first part of this story leaves the listener quite baffled; it’s hard to reconcile some of the scenes that we hear with what is quite clearly happening in some of the other scenes. These all come together as the story progresses, but it is very cleverly done, and throws the listener right out of any ability to piece together the world or the scenarios that they are about to find themselves in (and with them, the Doctor and the Tardis crew). To that extent, the listener is flying as blind as the Doctor and the others for quite a while in the story. When the narrative falls into place and the pieces of the story come together, you find yourself realising all that has happened before really does make sense; and you find yourself wanting to listen to the whole story over again (which I did, just so I could see again how it all fitted together).

The Doctor is in fine form in this story; psychologically, ethically and morally finding his hands bound for quite a while in the story, Paul McGann plays the sensitive and morally aware Doctor very well indeed. Charley and C’rizz have their own very important parts to play in the story, and what C’rizz ultimately makes of the new universe in which he finds himself is quite troubling for future stories. Really great stuff; while the Daleks may play a part in this story, their actions are not always the paramount ones in the resolution of the story, but their role is definitely pivotal to the development of the other characters.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERon 8 February 2013
This is the seventy second release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Paul McGann as Eight, India Fisher as Charlie, Conrad Westmaas as C'rizz and Terry Molloy as a particularly unhinged Davros. There are 4 episodes, roughly 25-30 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs.

This is the first Eighth Doctor story to not be part of its own miniseries. I have to say it felt quite odd to hear a one off release in amongst all the other Doctor's adventures instead of a big chunk of Eight in one go. This is a bit of a one for the fans in that it contains references to the events of Storm Warning, the divergent universe saga and previous Davros stories both on screen and audio. I am guessing that casual listeners will not get a lot of the story.

Following their return from the divergent universe, Eight, Charlie and C'Rizz are captured by some dopey Daleks and a deranged Davros. Soon events unfold that shows the Doctor had another companion in the divergent universe, unbeknownst to him, and that all was not as it seemed when he first met Charlie. I don't want to give too much away, but some of the revelations are pretty interesting.

It's a decent story that spends time exploring the relationship between Charlie and C'rizz, and hints at the possible future for C'Rizz. McGann and Molloy try desperately to steal every scene off each other when they appear together, and largely Molloy wins by a nose as a Davros who is very frightened and totally unhinged even by his own standards. It's a great pairing, and their scenes together are electric.

In all a decent little release. Some of the plotting is a bit confused at times, and it is mainly for the committed fans, but the actors and producers work their socks off, so 4 stars.
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on 4 August 2014
Classic who with 8th doctor!
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on 17 April 2016
great cd,good service
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on 20 November 2005
Terror Firma takes place immediately after the conclusion of The Next Life. The Doctor, Charley, and C'Rizz find themselves back on Earth except Davros and the Daleks are in charge and humans were either converted into Daleks or made second class citizens. Davros reveals to the Doctor that he has a terminal disease and he wants the Doctor to eliminate his suffering by killing him. The Doctor refuses but finds that Davros had set certain events into motion long ago that would ensure that the Doctor will do what is asked of him. The Doctor soon learns that his past catches up with his present in a way he didn't expect. Lidster, who previously penned The Rapture and Master, does an excellent job in engaging and fooling the listener. Lidster also leaves a disturbing ending that leaves the listener wondering what the Doctor will do when a certain situation comes to a head.
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on 8 October 2015
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