This is the 80th cd set in the Big Finish Main Release range. The story features the Eighth Doctor, travelling with Charley and C’rizz.
The Tardis lands somewhere where time seems to have stopped; everybody is frozen in their tracks, and the Doctor has a very uneasy feeling about it all. Hurrying Charley and C’rizz back to the Tardis, the Doctor horrifyingly disappears from Charley and C’rizz’s view. Where can he have gone, and how can they be reunited? Meanwhile, the Doctor finds himself very much there still, but Charley and C’rizz have disappeared – and time has started again. The Doctor soon finds himself in a whole mess of trouble, and Charley and C’rizz find that while time may be slightly out of kilter, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of it left.
This is a brilliant story. I thought that Paul McGann was in absolutely top form throughout this story; not only were the lines which he was performing perfectly well written for his Doctor, but he delivered them as though he was thoroughly ‘in’ the story. Every word and every line offered full conviction in the situation, and in his persona. The concepts, of time, and the Clockwork Men, and people working their lives to the strict tick of a clock, were brilliantly conceived, and perfectly offered. The way in which the world of Industry finds itself running to a schedule, conceived by something far greater than them, was perfectly reasonable and coherent to the listener.
The cast in the story were fantastic. Tracey Childs as The Figurehead offers a clear and chilling rendition of this character. Ronald Pickup as Kestorian, and Adrian Schiller were fantastic in their roles as the King and Prince of this world in which the Doctor, Charley and C’rizz must all find their way through time back to where they belong. The ordinary inhabitants of the world, shown to us here through the characters of Collis, Revnon and Vannet, were really well played throughout. A thoroughly enjoyable story, I thought this had such a feel of a ‘classic’ Doctor Who story that was, funnily enough, timeless.
This is the eightieth 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 Ronald Pickup as Kestorian. There are 4 episodes, roughly 30-35 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.
This is an interesting and entertaining adventure for the Eighth Doctor and his companions. They land on a world where time seems frozen. Soon They are split up as the Doctor is pulled into the time stream, leaving Charlie and C'Rizz in the moment between the tick and the tock. What follows is a classic adventure in which the three must deal not only with a tyrannical regime but also the effects of time manipulation and all the mind bending logic problems that can entail.
With some sarcastic comments to make about the nature of bureaucracy and the tendency for it to take over at the expense of everything else, this has an intelligent and fun script. The actors embrace it wholeheartedly, especially McGann who relishes the scenes where the Doctor gets his Universe saving mojo back, and an in form Ronald Pickup who makes a deep impression as the noble Kestorian.
In all a cracking release from B ig Finish. Certainly one of the most entertaining adventures for this particular TARDIS crew. 5 stars.
But not the ones from the tv episode the girl in the fireplace. This is a completely different lot. An unfortunate coincidence, but that shouldn't be allowed to get in the way of a good bit of traditional doctor who.
The eighth doctor and his companions arrive in a world where time is frozen. And nasty clockwork robots edit people's existence during the frozen periods. This is a relatively primitive society that is in the grip of a nasty organisation, ruled over by a nasty machine, that run the planet with an iron fist, and root out anything that's vaguely inefficient.
This is clearly a satire on modern corporations and their business practises. The story works well in that respect, and never gets in the way of the rest of it, with the doctor and co. inspiring great change by their actions.
Good characters, and a decent story. It's not classic stuff, but it's good solid doctor who by a writer who knows how to produce it, and it's a very good listen
"We work in their shadow, every tick and tock of our lives. We hear them in the workings of the Great Clock. We work hard, turn our hands - but we all wind down in time, and that is when they come for us: when our time is up."
The TARDIS lands in between times, in a time where this is no time. A time in which nothing can possibly be. But something is...
The Doctor, Charley and C'rizz are rats in the wheelwork, a threat to the schedule of a world where timing is everything. And the seconds are counting down to a fateful future that has already happened. Unless they can beat the clock.
An intriguing story featuring the Eighth Doctor, Charley and alien companion C'rizz; the three are now bedded in and work well as a unit. One of those 'timey-wimey' stories as the Tenth Doctor would say; it is engaging and interesting if a little convoluted - one that requires the listener's full attention.