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Nocturne: Bang your pot man!
on 25 February 2013
This is the ninety second release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven, Sophie Aldred as Ace and Philip Schofield as Hex. 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. There are also some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the second disc.
Seven, Ace and Hex land on the Planet Nocturne. It might be in the middle of an intergalactic war, but the inhabitants have one of human history's most impressive arts movements going, and the Doctor likes to visit from time to time to relax among his artist friends. But this being the Doctor nothing ever goes to plan, and it is soon a busman's holiday as a mysterious evil sonic force starts to kill people.
It's a story that just hasn't quite found its feet. The tone shifts from humorous to thoughtful to hysterical to paranoid, never quite settling and deciding what it wants to be. All the various bits of it are OK, but as a totality it doesn't quite hang together. There are some splendid moments, such as the attack on Hex at the end of the first part, and Lothar's realisation that his poetry is a joke, but there is a lot of the usual running around.
In all an average release. Not bad, but not great. And compared to Circular time, the immediately preceding release, it really pales. 3 stars.
This release also features some interviews with the cast at the end of the second disc, the first of what is now a regular feature for Big Finish. These are a bit rough and ready and don't really reveal much. But still worth having.