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here piggy piggy
on 9 January 2007
It's belgium, and it's 1913. The sixth doctor and peri are relaxing on the beach when circumstances bring them into contact with some eccentric people. One of them is a talking pig, who's just retired from a life on the stage. And he's hiding from someone who wants to do him harm.
There's more than it seems to all of these people. Can the doctor discover what's really going on?
This is a two part story. The first part is seventy seven minutes long. Which is actually longer than the audio story scaredy cat, and it's almost as long as several others. And there's no discernible reason as to why this is a two parter, are there are perfectly decent cliffhangers in the middle of each episode. Not playing them as cliffhangers, by virtue of not being a four parter, robs the story of any sense of jeopardy or high drama, which is it sorely lacking.
Some stories with long episodes are gripping stuff, but this quickly outstays it's welcome, as part one is pretty much nothing more than scene setting.
Things do pick up slightly in part two, with some interesting twists and turns and surprise revelations about the characters, but there's still no excitement.
This is not a terrible story. It's a well written character drama, and it's very well acted. It's just too long for it's own good, and lacking in good drama. Big finish will be moving shortly to twenty five minute long episodes in each story. I welcome this.