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on 27 August 2012
Always a tricky one, Doctor Who spin-off series. After the popularity of Jago and Litefoot in 1970s Doctor Who story The Talons of Weng-Chiang, their inevitable re-pairing materialised in the form of an audio Doctor Who Companion Chronicle over thirty years later, which was so welcome. Counter Measures is similar insofar as it reuses characters from a single Doctor Who television story (Doctor Who - Remembrance Of The Daleks - Special Edition [DVD] (1988)) and gives them their own series. Perhaps what is missing is a Companion Chronicle to introduce to new audiences or reintroduce to older audiences, for in this series there is some distance between "the events of Coal Hill school" and these new stories.

I eventually concluded that this was not a spin-off too far and bought it, but to begin with I was very disappointed. I initially gave up on the series before revisiting it a week or so later in part for the following reasons which I list because it may help other listeners to get through the initial experience:-
* It is not a natural follow on from Remembrance of the Daleks.
* At times it is difficult to tell who the characters are as actors voices change over the years.
* The opening moments are "experimental" and will not be to all tastes.
* The incidental music is very representative of television programmes of the era-ie not the sort of thing that everyone wants to hear now.
* The theme tune is as with the incidental music; like a middle-of-the-road 1960s programme.

However, after a little confusion on similar sounding characters in the second story, I then really got in to the series and highlight the following without giving any plots away:-
* One warms to most of the new characters. Some villains are well drawn as are the ministerial characters.
* The series showcases the female dynamic very well, and has evolved beautifully from the situation in Remembrance. Professor Rachel Jensen quickly earns the right to a lead role in a series and Alison Williams is both developed and used well as a character.
* There is still an extra-terrestrial feel to the series which situates it well on the edge of the Whoniverse.
* You can immerse yourself in a credible and thought-provoking set of science-fiction stories.

For the future series I think the series would benefit from the occasional tie back to the original Doctor Who series to cement that this is not a spin-off too far. The writer of the incidental music has done a fantastic job creating 60's feel music, and it would be fine as a "scene-setter" but having to listen to it on and off throughout the four 60 minutes episodes was for me very wearing indeed.

Overall, an ambitious project, that works, and what I am most impressed about is Big Finish's superb ability for still writing good stories when they have already written 500-odd good quality original Doctor Who dramas, with the feeling that there are still many many more to come.
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VINE VOICEon 22 September 2012
Another winner from Big Finish. Here we have the military and scientific characters from Remembrance of the Daleks in a new proto-UNIT group called Counter Measures. There are four stories all in a Quatermass meets the Avengers style. No mention of the Doctor this group will clearly stand on their own. The stories cover AI gone bad,a megalomaniac mutating people as part of bringing about the new race and a coup. All the characters have something to do and there is a second set due in 2013!
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on 6 July 2013
awesome,buy it if you like remembrance of the daleks.when people say doctor who spin off people thik of bad things but I loved this,despite tweny something years between remembrance and counter measures the cast still sound the same and it feels as if it was made in the 1960s,seies 2 is out now so get both and enjoy
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on 14 February 2013
This is a good spin off from Dr Who and something a bit different for a change. Whilst I take the point of the previous reviewer about the music, it's quite nice to have a different soundtrack and is in keeping with the story and atmosphere.

If you want something a bit different but also a good, solid sci-fi drama in the vein of Dr Who then buy this, perfect for a cold winter afternoon by the fire
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