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VINE VOICEon 23 November 2010
This is a many layered tale playing tricks with perception and reality in which the Sixth Doctor and Charley end up on (yet another) isolated space station on which various scientific experiments are being carried out.

Eventually (and this skips all the plot) you end up with Daleks founding a state based on the precepts of Karl Marx, singing the Red Flag and all whilst under the influence of mind altering drugs.

The story probably tries too hard, and also has the unavoidable Charley mystery bits - i.e. how do you know all this if you have amnesia.

Fun but maybe not the very best
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on 13 January 2018
enjoyed this a lot
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on 17 April 2016
good cd,fast delivery
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HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERon 11 April 2013
This is the hundred and fourteenth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as old Sixie, and India Fisher as Charlotte Pollard. There are four 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 some interviews with cast and crew at the end of each disc.

This is a story that left me with several questions - who, what, when, how and why? It's a complicated multilayered story, that uses the mind bending plant species encountered in `The Mind's Eye' to good effect and create a story where nothing is as it seems as reality is a rare element. It's like an onion. It has many layers, as you carefully peel them back it might make you cry in parts, but you know that the end result is going to be something tasty.

The Doctor and Charlie land in the middle of a tropical jungle - but why does the TARDIS think that it is ice cold? Things soon get complicated as they encounter Thaals and Daleks, and the Doc quickly realises that not all is as it seems. The story then goes off in seemingly myriad mindbending directions as layers of reality are peeled back and gradually the hard core of truth is revealed.

The whole layered nature of the story and the inability of the Doctor to trust anything is almost a simile for the relationship he has with Charlotte. Indeed, the story is almost second place in this release to the excellent Charlie/Six story arc progression that takes place. The Doctor is aware that all is not as it seems, and is gently probing to get to the truth.

It's an excellent story, and very well acted, especially Baker and Fisher who really do wonders with their characters and bring a real depth to the relationship. You might have to listen to it a couple of times to get what is going on (I know I did!) but it really is worth 5 stars.
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VINE VOICETOP 500 REVIEWERon 11 November 2008
another audio story featuring colin baker as the sixth doctor who. this one follows on from the previous two sixth doctor audios in that his companion is charley pollard played by india fisher. charley previously travelled with the eighth doctor. and hasn't told the sixth that. yet.

the story runs for four episodes, of approx twenty five minutes duration each. there are two episodes on each of the two cd's in the box. the first begins with a trailer for the forthcoming release curse of the daleks, an adaptation of a 1960's stage play, and both discs end with interviews with the cast and crew involved in the story.

in a slight change to the norm there is no trailer for the next in the regular big finish range.

since this follows on from the previous two sixth doctor and charley stories there is a story arc here, although you should be able to get into this one without having heard the previous two. but I would recommend hearing them first as this is a rather involved little tale.

this story involves the doctor and charley arriving on a jungle planet. with invisible natives. deadly plants. blonde haired soldiers. and daleks.

all this may sound familiar to those who know their doctor who tv continuity. but there's actually far more going on here than meets the eye. the tardis crew have stumbled into the middle of some very deadly experiments.

and I can't say too much more than that. you'll thank me for it because this is quite a remarkable script, with a story that contains an amazing number of twists and turns, and a few very clever concepts. plus one absolutely brilliant character moment for charley. you'll lose count of the number of times it makes you say 'what!'.

and make sure you don't turn the second disc off before the end. let it play itself out.

a quite superb script, and one that will doubtless reward re listenings. a highly recommended audio
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on 9 December 2008
I was looking forward to this story, but I'm afraid it left me wondering why they produced such a pointless tale.

Daleks are underused and the plot is unnecessarily convoluted.
Almost as if the writers are trying to be clever instead of giving us a rollicking good adventure.

Sorry, but it's not a patch on BFP's previous Dalek tales.
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