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This is the eighty third 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 and Conrad Westmaas as C'rizz. 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.

After the tense, interesting and esciting `Time Works', I found this to be an underwhelming adventure for Eight and his companions. There's a feeling of over familiarity, been there done that. Strange psychic monsters. An amnesiac Doctor. LOTS of running around corridors. A small group of people isolated and under siege. The first three episodes a nothing new. Worse, though the actors do their best (especially the three principles) it is poorly written, with too much running up and down screaming `the mind worm is coming', and not even the great Paul McGann can d much with a line as banal and out of character as `come on if you think you're hard enough'. And as for the resolutions of the various situations for the Doc, it does seem all a bit too easy, merely invoking his superior mental powers and suddenly everything is OK. And the writing is so poor that I never really got a sense of the cube, no sense of place to visualise the story in.

In the final episode, to their credit, things do get a little more interesting as the remaining characters try to work out which one is unconsciously the monster, but it is too little too late.

The final nail in the coffin, for me, is the music. All the way through there is a somewhat incongruous eighties disco soundtrack that keeps invading the story.

In all, poorly written, overlong (a shade over two hours, and it drags) and despite a brave attempt from the cast it's a bit of a dud. It's not as bad as some of the real clunkers (the travesty that was Nekromanteia) so two stars.
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Lots of doctor who stories involve a remote base, with a small crew of humans, under siege by nasty monsters.

This is a base under siege story with a difference. In that the humans inside this base are trying desperately to get out. But there is a monster in their midst.

The tardis lands in a strange building. And they quickly meet people who are desperate to get out of it. The doctor is separated from his companions, and meets the people who built the place.

There is a monster loose in it, and it kills without discrimination. And since it's a monster of the mind, you can't see where it's coming from. Or who it's with.

A good solid piece of traditional doctor who, this is a pretty engaging listen. The characters manage to rise above the level of cliche to become three dimensional, and the plot grips all the way.

The last episode is dramatic stuff, when everything comes to a head. Not everyone walks away. And the reaction the doctor has to this is brilliantly portrayed by paul mcgann.

A good strong audio story that's well worth a listen
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on 12 March 2007
I was going to review this a good while back when i first heard it. But, due to whatever reason, it took till now and my second listen. And i am very glad i waited. For this is a fantastic story. The first time round i clearly...just didn't get it. Its difficult to explain. The first time round i percieved it as a pointless escapade with lots of shouting about the Brainworm and lots of violent head-meltings. On second listening, you appreciate something...so much more potent about it. Particularly the Brainworm...which, in my opinion is one of the best monsters...of AUDIO. You don't need to see it (indeed, you can't) to know its there and that it means business. The sound crew excel here - the unrelenting menace of the brainworm is brought about by audio cues and a superb soundtrack. However, this being audio, you always hope for a standout moment; whether it be one of the spectacular cliffhangers or simply one of the Doctor's quotes...well in this one, you certainly won't be disapointed. The "I JUST WANT TO GET OUT OF HERE" line had me grinning like an idiot on the London Underground. It was brilliant.

Some of the ideas are magnificently realised; the Cube itself, a prison for Psykes (psychological soldiers) - and the sense of inescapability and claustrophobia never more so heightened.

Paul McGann is excellent, showing a little edgier side than the normal, yet retaining his hilarious immaturity. The supporting cast are all as good as can be expected, although i am getting tired of C'Rizz now. Charley is the doc's companion and can stay as long as she wants, but come on C'Rizz, lets have your dark secret revealed and be done with it.

Shhh listen...here that music...that means...that means...its coming. Its the Brainworm...
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on 9 January 2014
Something Inside changed my life. No, really. Before I slipped it into my disc player, I was a completist by nature. I hated having gaps, all too prone to that slightly nerdy tendency towards wholeness, keeping books or CDs I knew I would never read or listen to again, just so I would not have to admit to any lack of thoroughness. Prior to its release, one could still have seen that trio of horrors, Ish, The Rapture and The Sandman, side by side on my shelves, defying me to make a dent in the perfect vista of CD case edges. Medicinal Purposes, Creed of the Kromon, Dreamtime, Scaredy Cat and Pier Pressure, every one a lemon, had all tested my faith but my resolve was unshaken. Nature abhorred a vacuum, gaps remained anathema.

Something Inside cured me of all that. For it is so bad, so utterly, irredeemably bad in every way, that no one who values their dignity as a discriminating individual, able to tell the difference between a tulip and a turd, should tolerate it in their house for more than a second.

Where to begin? The script (from the same bloke responsible for The Dark Flame and The Draconian Rage) is one long cliche from start to finish, with dialogue to make a seven year old cringe. The cast don't even begin to start acting. One was used to having C'rizz stinking the place out every few months but in this monstrosity even McGann is dire, sounding desperate to get it all over with. The support cast are even worse. From what amateur dramatics disaster were they plucked? More to the point, why? It would be unfair to single out any one individual as they are all equally rotten. (And Something Inside is well over two hours long. A brain-numbingly torturous two hours.) The sound design lacks any semblance of having been designed at all, each scene sounding for all the world like a succession of cupboards. But the piece de resistance of sheer dreadfulness is the music.

Imagine a rather earnest but not very bright, spotty teenager getting a second-hand synthesiser for his birthday, one that can make noises which sound vaguely orchestral. Imagine that this annoying little herbert has been brought up by parents who consider Andrew Lloyd Webber to be high art and After Eight Mints to be the height of decadence. Imagine also that this wretched, pretentious little squit confuses merely having technology with being able to use it. Now imagine him, tongue poking out of the side of his mouth, playing the white notes with a single finger of his right hand, almost overcome by his own genius, and you might just approximate the unbelievable guff that arises. Oh, but there's more. Now imagine that every occurrence in the story, no matter how insignificant, is backed by the same ghastly, childish theme again and again and again and again. When I had the acute displeasure of hearing Something Inside, my neighbour came to see if I was okay as I was groaning so loudly, he thought I was dying. I was.

Since being cured of my addiction to completeness, many a Big Finish disc has found its way to a charity shop for some other poor sod to discover. Not Something Inside, oh no. That went in the bin.
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VINE VOICEon 20 September 2006
This audio drama finds the 8th Doctor and companions Charley and C'rizz trapped in a military prison for psychic soldiers, fighting off the attentions of both the sadistic jailers and a malevolent `Brain Worm' that is feeding on the minds of the inmates. While this play provides the requisite thrills and spills it seems to be a rather uninspired collection of ideas lifted from other science fiction stories, and with the Brain Worm itself being an invisible non-speaking presence we are left with a lot of repetitive dialogue as various characters run around the corridors of the prison screaming "The Brain Worm is coming! Here it comes!" and the cheesy keyboard incidental music is rather off-putting. Paul McGann puts in a strong central performance as the Doctor, but many of the supporting characters are reduced to hysterics by the last episode, with this being a very `shouty' audio. While it's by no means awful and has it's odd enjoyable moments, `Something Inside' ultimately outstays it's welcome, and is a rather mediocre slice of science fiction horror.
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on 15 April 2009
The Eighth Doctor (the TV Movie's Paul McGann) and his companions C'Rizz and Charley arrive within the Cube, a prison where psychic warrior prisoners are trying to break-out in order to escape the insidious `Brain worm'. Charley finds herself pursued by the dreaded Brain worm whilst C'Rizz gets tortured by the odious `Twist' and The Doctor ends up with the prisoners who desperately need a leader to organize their escape...

Unfortunately this is very much a generic Doctor Who story with the TARDIS crew doomed to hare up and down various corridors whilst being pursued by unseen enemies. Paul McGann, India Fisher and Conrad Westermass do what they can with the thin source material, but this is better off avoided altogether as it really is below par.
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