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on 13 June 2017
Very enjoyable! And my first Colin Baker, Dr Who audio. I liked the time period in which the story is set but the astro-plane chapter didn't work for me.
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VINE VOICEon 6 May 2010
This is a wonderfully, mysterious, dark and occasionally gruesome story. Cant help but wonder if that's the reason it was never used on TV or maybe the finer points were added at a later date by Marc Platt who is one of this ranges finest writers. I love this story, usually I don't like the bleak stuff but its done right here.

I thought I might be suffering from Sixth Doctor Overload this month with two releases but he continues to impress. Nicola, as always threatens to steal the show. Here, she is given a real chance to shine, and she rises to challenge brilliantly.

Steve Foxon's music is also very creepy and translates the atmosphere very well. The music here is very powerful when used, usually to signify the presence of a threat. And the silence is very effective also.
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on 5 May 2010
Number six of the 'Lost Stories' mini-series is a vibrant and highly entertaining historical adventure for Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor and his lycra-clad American Botanist travelling companion, Perpegillium 'Peri' Brown.

After colliding with an asteroid in space, the TARDIS arrives in murky 16th Century London, where playwright Kit Marlowe is attempting to write his seminal Renaissance drama Doctor Faustus. However, behind the scenes there lurks the shadowy and physically monstrous form of mysterious Spaniard Velez, who along with his dwarfish minion Iguano is using the unstable Marlowe to help him locate an ancient Aztec artefact, which he believes will be vital in whatever nefarious business he is engaged in...

So who are 'The Omnim' and what are they waiting for? Why is Velez so horrifying to behold? And what is the significance of the astral plane to which The Doctor and Peri are suddenly transported? As the point of entry approaches, the travellers must confront the Omnim and rescue Marlowe from the clutches of a madman...

Marc Platt has taken Barbara Clegg's unfinished script and created a fascinating adventure; the Elizabethan setting is fantastically realised within the limitations of audio, and the presence of such historical luminaries as Sir Francis Walsingham give the play a real edge. Highly recommended and absolutely excellent.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 27 July 2015
A superbly dark visit to Elizabethan England and the shadow haunting playwright Kit Marlowe; his inspiration, his temptation and England's doom... 5* (2 episodes, 2 CDs, 120 min)

A strange phenomenon surrounding a wandering planetoid brings the Doctor and Peri to London just a few years after the defeat of the Spanish Armada. But the Doctor isn't the first alien to arrive, something else is stirring; ancient, cold as stone and thirsting for blood, it fell to Earth many ages since and the Doctor has seen its work before, long ago...

Christopher `Kit' Marlowe, leading playwright and English government spy, has other problems. His latest play will depict the legend of Doctor Faustus, a philosopher who sold his soul for dark knowledge. But Marlowe is running out of ideas - until inspiration visits him in the shape of sinister Spaniard Don Lorenzo Velez, a man so deeply lost in dark secrets that even Death rejects him...

This is a dramatic Sixth Doctor `Lost Story' written by Marc Platt in the best `Gothic' tradition and faithful to the original storyline by Barbara Clegg. Practically perfect, as written here it makes a gripping audio experience with the great script and performances combined with Steve Foxon's excellent sound design.

It's a `history-meets-the-aliens' story with alien science weaving into human supernatural beliefs, and the quality of writing and the actors place it among the very best of that genre. Marc Platt also wrote the fantastic recent story `The Devil's Armada' from Philip Hinchcliffe's thrilling storyline; it's also set in Elizabethan England, just a few years before `Point of Entry' and even with an appearance from one of the same historical figures, so it's no surprise his portrayal of dangerous, exciting Elizabethan London and its people is excellent here.

Matt Addis and Luis Soto lead the guest cast with two superb performances as Marlowe and Velez, the tempted and the tempter. Marlowe risks his moral soul in search of a play while Velez is playing for higher stakes; he seeks an ancient artefact from the New World made from the substance of an old world - the world of the Omnim - to rebuild their world on ours... Surrounding the central plot are the informers of Sir Francis Walsingham, the Queen's spymaster, trying to keep England safe from foreign foes whatever it takes - and in this case, it takes the Doctor and Peri!

Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant are in top mid-80s form as they try to link their own mystery of an encounter in deep space to the mystery surrounding Marlowe, his friend Tom, Velez and his servant Iguano. The Doctor expects to meet old alien enemies from Time to Time, but probably doesn't expect the old `historicals' to trouble him again - but that's what happens here with some clever links which I enjoyed very much.

I said the story was `practically perfect' and it is. There are two comedy sequences as Peri dons a costume and impersonates `an historical personage'. It's appropriate for a plot about a playwright and his plays in one way and Nicola Bryant makes the most of the opportunity and gives an enjoyable and funny performance. However, while I thought the idea would have been great in an `historical' story with the lighter atmosphere of `The Romans' or `The Time Warrior', the sequences felt out of place in this particularly dark, deathly and stylish tale. On the other hand, even `Macbeth' has the supposedly comic Porter's scene, so there are good precedents and Peri's antics are much funnier!

But the comedy is brief in this wonderfully `Gothic' story which I'll remember for the shadowy `supernatural' plot, the links to a culture from the Doctor's remote past and the superb characterisations of Marlowe and Velez. Add in a body that refuses to die, a dark mirror and astral travelling, blood sacrifice and a blood-red moon, along with all the local ambience of London in the reign of `Gloriana' and it's no surprise that the two long episodes fly by (and literally fly at one point!) as the Doctor and Peri face dangers in and out-of-body while the Point of Entry for the Omnim draws ever closer.

The Doctor's very English solution resonates down the centuries and the whole story resonates with clever touches and gloriously literary dialogue for Marlowe, the tempted genius, and his dark mentor Velez.

The price of Marlowe's outstanding encounter with the powers of darkness must be the very highest - five stars, highly recommended! 5*

(The CD booklet has brief notes and cast photos and the documentary tracks are as usual at the end of both CDs but it's best to listen to these after enjoying the complete story.)
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 11 April 2016
This is part of the series of Lost Stories produced as full cast audio dramas by Big Finish. These are stories which, for various reasons, were written, or had story ideas drawn up for various Doctors in the tv series, but were never made. Big Finish have released nearly 30 of these Lost Stories so far, and they’re a brilliant chance to hear stories that we might have seen on tv, had circumstances been different; and a great opportunity to hear stories of their time, written for the Doctor of the time. This one is the sixth release in the first series, and features Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, and Nicola Bryant as Peri.

The story was originally storylined in the 1980s, after the success of Barbara Clegg’s story Enlightenment in 1983. Four storylines were submitted by Barbara, but all of them were declined at the time. At the suggestion of Keith Barnfather who had filmed a Myth Makers documentary with Barbara, the storylines were looked at for the BF Lost Stories range, and Point of Entry was pulled out by David Richardson (Producer of the Lost Stories range) as one that had huge potential as an audio play. Barbara didn’t want to write the script, but was happy that someone else did so, so Marc Platt was approached to write the story. The story as he drafted it was submitted to Barbara Clegg for her consideration, and after she had studied it thoroughly, Marc Platt and David Richardson met with her and found that she had only suggested one change – relating to the way the Sixth Doctor would react to a scene in the Tower of London. Her point was totally valid, and the change was accordingly made.

I find the historical figure of Christopher Marlowe to be utterly fascinating, and I looked forward immensely to this story which featured him in a pivotal role, set in Elizabethan England, at a time when the English were feeling the effects of the plague, and of the uncertainty of their collective future with Catholic Europe, and particularly Philip II of Spain, threatening their sovereignty. Marlowe, in this story, is struggling with writing his play about Faust (and quite when, historically, that might have been is still argued amongst scholars). (The story seems to be set in the late 1580s, given some of the conversations that take place.) Stuck for inspiration, and feeling the pressure of deadlines and the constraints with his cast, he is amenable to the offer of being shown secrets and visions that will help with his writing, from a mysterious Spaniard, Don Lorenzo Velez who appears in his lodgings one night. In return, Velez wants Kit’s help in finding an ancient stone blade.

Meanwhile, in the Tardis, the Doctor and Peri find themselves in a near collision with an asteriod, and materialise, to find out what’s going on. They find themselves in Elizabethan England, but it’s an England that’s brutal and harsh, and one where Peri and the Doctor soon find themselves in mortal danger. The Doctor has an appointment with Sir Francis Walsingham, and Peri has her own destiny to discover.

This is an absolutely and utterly marvellous story, and has behind the brilliant storyline and brilliant writing a totally rock-solid cast. Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor and Nicola Bryant as Peri are in top form. They are backed up by Matt Addis playing Marlowe wonderfully; Luis Soto playing Don Lorenzo Velez; Tam Williams as Kit’s friend Tom (Tam Williams is the son of Simon Williams, who played Group Captain Gilmore in Remembrance of the Daleks and continuing in the role in the Counter Measures series of BF audios, and Belinda Carroll, who is the sister of Kate O’Mara, who played the Rani in the Doctor Who series); Ian Brooker as Walsingham; Sean Connolly as Iguano, and as Captain Garland; Gemma Wardle as Alyx; Alex Mallinson as the unfortunate Jack (with extra kudos for playing a mute – on audio!).

This is a story that has everything in it – a historical story which is so much more than purely historical, yet never feels like it has elements bolted on to it that don’t fit. It has drama, tragedy, horror, alien elements, wit and outright comedy (the scene with the Doctor trying to get into the Tower of London made me laugh out loud). It’s a story I will happily listen to over and over, and never tire of. Brilliant.
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Another Doctor who lost story audio. These are a series of audios featuring Colin Baker as the Doctor and Nicola Bryant as his companion Peri. They take stories written for the show in the 1980's that never got to the tv screen and adapt them into audio plays.

This one has two long episodes, roughly fifty seven and sixty five minutes each, one two each of the two discs.

Set in 16th century london, Kit Marlowe is suffering from writer's block when a strange man offers him the inspiration he needs. In exchange for his help to find a stone blade from south america.

The TARDIS makes a forced landing in the city after nearly colliding with an asteroid. The Doctor and Peri are caught up with the locals, Marlowe, the authorities, and the quest for blade. An item that could spell doom for planet earth...

The two episodes here are very long, and I do prefer shorter ones, but these can be forgiven much because there's so many delights and memorable moments in each. London of the time was a dangerous and dirty place, and the script vividly creates that atmosphere. All the characters are well rounded and very believable and also very well played. Marlowe's desire to write comes over superbly thanks to that.

Judicious use of sound and music creates great atmosphere, and there are even a couple of bits of comedy thatcould have flopped but instead do manage to make you smile. Plus some very interesting aliens. It's perhaps good that this didn't get to the screen because audio can conjure up strange other astral realms, london in the rain, and crowd scenes better than bbc tv on a budget ever could.

A rich and satisfying epic and one that should benefit from future listenings.

There are roughly ten minutes of interviews with cast and crew at the end of each disc. These are worth it for an insight into the writing process that goes into this range. And a trailer for the next lost story at the start of disc one.
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