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Creatures of Beauty - It's all a matter of perspective,
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This review is from: Creatures of Beauty (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the forty fourth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Peter Davison as Five and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa. 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.
The last adventure to feature Five and Nyssa was the impressive `Spare Parts', a real rollercoaster of a tale that packed a lot of punch. Something special was required to match it, and that is exactly what the Big Finish team have produced.
It's a clever bit of story telling, where the story unfolds in fractured time rather than a linear fashion. It's also a deeply philosophical tale, musing on the nature of right and wrong, and the difference that people can make in the overall scheme of things. The narrative structure works beautifully. It doesn't feel laboured, and showing the reasons for character' actions after seeing the actual event totally changes the perspective of the event. The tale itself is rather standard for Who, but the telling of the tale really makes it special. And the layers that it adds to the characters of Nyssa and Five, and the relationship between the two are welcome.
Davison and Sutton are on fine form, Davison especially with his philosophical and wise sounding performance. David Daker makes a welcome guest appearance as a security chief, in a performance full of charm, menace and vitriol in just the right quantities.
A thought provoking, interesting, and yet still entertaining tale from the Big Finish team, with some great performances. 5 stars all round from me.