This is the eighty eighth 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 25-30 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 a bit of a highlight in the Big Finish releases for me. Reining in the contemporary tendency for overlong adventures, at 95 minutes this is a short, snappy release that gets right to the point and is everything that the Eighth Doctor stories have been at their best, slightly surreal, playing with your perceptions and a lot of fun.
It's a difficult story to summarise, and I daren't really try to go too far for fear of giving away plot points. Eight, Charlie and C'Rizz materialise the TARDIS in a typical suburban street, with snooker on the telly in the front rooms, Grandmothers cooking tea for their grandkids and an ice-cream van playing Greensleeves as it trundles down the road. But not all is as it seems, and the travellers soon find something sinister is afoot.
It's a classic slice of Who, in which the three principles gove their all, especially McGann who gets to deliver one of my all time favourite lines from the show's 50 year history - `The TARDIS has been stolen. By an ice-cream van!' with just the right touch of incredulity. As I said, it's just fun, and that's something that is sometimes missing from these releases. 5 stars for this cracking little adventure.
on 13 August 2007
Memory Lane is one of Paul Mccgann's best big finish stories, mainly because of its originality and creepy storyline. a prison story but without the prison bars. all the twists and performances are believable as usual, and Anneke Wills returns as Louisa, and once is again is great. A Well thought out and written play. thoroughly enjoyable. this story would be interesting to see as a tv "who" as it goes well with the themes of the new series. cool!
on 15 April 2009
I loved this mind-bending Eighth Doctor audio drama which sees the Timelord and his companions Charley and C'rizz trapped in a street that seems to have no beginning or end in what seems to be that nebulous perfect summer of yore. The only other people there seem to be Tom and his Nan; Tom is playing with his Lego whilst his Nan watches her snooker; over and over again. Only Tom doesn't look as young as he seems, and who are the astronauts who appear to be trapped inside the TV screen..? A creepy and claustrophobic story written by Eddie Robson, I felt that it captured just the right blend of intrigue and dark humour. Get this and listen to it now!
This Doctor Who audio play scores highly for it's initial barrage of strikingly bizarre imagery, with the 8th Doctor, Charley and C'Rizz trapped in a seemingly endless row of identical houses (complete with identical freindly grandma behind each door), while an astronaut whose exploits are being broadcast on television seems to have regressed to the mental state of a 10-year old child. Ultimately however, this is one of those stories that relies almost entirely on suprising the listener, and once the (suprisingly humdrum) explanation for events is finally revealed there is little of real substance here to reward repeat listenings. On the plus side both of the Doctor's companions (neither of whom have always been well catered for recently) get good solid slices of the action, with Charley's regression into her own past leading to another encounter with her mother (as played again by Anneke Wills) while C'Rizz habit of absorbing the personailities of others proves crucial to the plot. A trip down 'Memory Lane' is an enjoyable experience, but it's the journey rather than the destination that's fun. A whole heap of style, but very little substance.
It's an ordinary day in an ordinary house in an ordinary road. When the peace and quiet in the living room is disrupted by the arrival of the tardis.
The eighth doctor and his companions find that the common complaint in how everything in suburbia is identical is literally true in this case, since the street is a never ending one of identical houses and inhabitants.
What is going on here?
Why does a strange science fiction programme keep appearing on the television?
Why does one of the stars of it suddenly show up?
And who is the driver of the ice cream truck?
Not a story where I want to say too much about the plot, as this is a clever and original one with lots of twists and turns, and the pleasure is in discovering them for yourselves. The final resolution is oddly similar to a certain story from the 1970's, but that's probably just a coincidence.
All those involved act very well, particularly Paul McGann and his two companions. All of them get some excellent dialogue and each makes the most of it.
A good and enjoyable doctor who audio story and well worth a listen