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First released in 2006, this is the sixth episode of a of the first standalone series for Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor outside of the monthly range of Big Finish releases. This is a one disc release, with a single 50 minute episode. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc.

This is the first of this series to fail to hit the mark for me. And the reason is simple - it's too much like the new series in some very important respects. It has a series of great ideas and some excellent actors then utterly fails to do anything with them as it tries to pack too much into it's 50 minute run time. A two parter would, I feel have been much better as it would have given us time to explore more of these excellent ideas and not have them whizz past, and it would have given an excellent cast even more time to shine.

Series regulars Paul McGann and Sheridan Smith are joined by Nigel Havers, Tom Chabdon and an impressive Julia MacKenzie in a tale that tries to mix time travel with action with a tender love story. It tries to do too much, so nothing is really done well. The actors do their best, but at the end this is an unsatisfying tale that only rates 2 stars from me. Which is a real shame, as I think it would have done a lot better in a longer format, such as the 2 disc monthly releases.
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on 9 July 2007
As our "villain" of the piece always says, "If theres no way of getting around something, you've just got to plough straight through it." The intial stages of this audio are confusing - i was under the impression it was a follow on from the one that went before, (this was my first Eighth Doc / Lucie adventure), but apparently not. So i ploughed straight through all the confusion at the beginning in the hope it all got explained, and yep, i was rewarded. For this is a lovely drama, neatly speckled with those little sci fi moments that doctor who thrives on. The denouement is a heart-rending tour-de-force that is truly excellent.
Paul McGann is fantastic as the Eighth Doctor, and once again i feel that pain that only his 1996 movie made it to screen. Sheridan Smith, with her annoying north accent, is a wonderful companion, plucky enough and clever enough to match the Doc word for action. However, stand out performance goes to Nigel Havers, "appearing" in his first ever doc who. One particular bit where he switches between being the doc's best friend to a sudden overtly angry real evil bad guy in ONE SENTENCE is a spectacularly shocking moment.
See if you can guess whats going on before its announced, as its truly rewarding when you realise the script is so well done that all the info is there, you just need to piece it together.
No More Lies...this is brilliant. I'm off to seek out the further adventures of the Doctor and Lucie.
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on 12 August 2016
A fairly decent yarn from Paul McGann's first full season as the Doctor. Nigel Havers and Julia McKenzie add some genuine star quality to an absorbing drama, but it doesn't quite live up to the standards of the previous story - Phobos. Still an enjoyable hour though
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The latest audio adventure for the eighth doctor and his new companion, feisty northern lass lucie miller. Another that is a single story in forty five minutes, this one starts right in the middle of the action, with the tardis crew trying to prevent a thief from getting away on a starship. The pace of these early scenes, once you get used to them, is electric and quite gripping, and the two leads once again demonstrate what a wonderful chemistry they have together.

The story switches direction abruptly when they track down the villain once again, and are not prepared for what they find.

These scenes are quieter and more domestic, and allow the guest cast to put in some pretty good work, the characters relating very well to each other. Things are resolved with monsters and some slightly tear jerking moments, all to a lovely bit of traditional hungarian music.

A decent little story in it's own right, it then considers for a few more minutes as the ongoing story arc of this series of audios suddenly develops further, leading to a cliffhanger that will make your desperate to find what happens in the next one. A good audio all in all.
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on 17 August 2007
When the Doctor and Lucie land on a disintegrating spaceship in the far future looking for a man called Zimmerman, for reasons that are yet to be explained he turns off the ships defences to let in an alien race called the
Tar-Modowk, who feed on ship's temporal systems and anything that, has time energy witch includes the doctor and Lucie. Dr Zimmerman gets away from them in a time escape pod.

The Doctor and Lucie follows Zimmerman's Pod back to Earth, to find it's been years since he has seen them but something is happening at a garden party he is holding. Time is lopping around and around and the Tar-Modowk are also closing in on the temporal energy that the lope is creating.

An interesting story when the future and present come together with an cliffhanger that will lead in the next story called Human Resources with the return of the Cyber-Men
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on 30 March 2014
This was bought as a present for an avid Doctor Who fan. No surprise, then, to know that they are very happy with it - hence the rating of Excellent.
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on 5 January 2013
What an intelligent story! Absolutely mind numbingly brilliant! Arrived in fantastic condition so order it now and lose yourself in Doctor Who!
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on 8 November 2015
Another enjoyable adventure.
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on 20 July 2010
Hubby Loves Listening To Dr Who Audios And He Says Thanks A++++++++++++++++++++++++ Will Use Again
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