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4.0 out of 5 stars Great premise; great buildup; slightly weak ending - gotta love R.O.S.M.!, 19 May 2012
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This review is from: Embrace the Darkness (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Paul McGann is in fine form in this story as the Eighth Doctor, travelling with Charley Pollard - they decide to travel to the Cimmerian System, to find out what happened, at one point in its history, to its sun. Meanwhile, on Cimmeria IV there is a small team setting up artificial suns - but it seems someone or something on Cimmeria IV is not keen to let the light in - at all - ever - and will do whatever it takes to stop them.

This four-part story ramps up the horror and suspense in the first episode, and then the second episode has the Doctor and Charley having their own little adventures - by the third episode things are, apparently starting to become a bit clearer to them, and to the scientific team from Cimmeria IV - but what has the Doctor not taken into account? The fourth episode wraps up all the loose ends - all a bit too neatly; I felt in some way slightly cheated that at the end it all just seemed to go away of its own accord. Great buildup; great premise; slightly off ending.

The Eighth Doctor is well characterised here; his horror at realising that he has interfered in something he should not have, is well portrayed, and fits the persona. Paul McGann is great as the Eighth Doctor, and the story (apart from the weak ending) really does play out well. R.O.S.M. is a great addition to the story; and Ian Brooker playing the part of R.O.S.M. does a great job. Definitely recommended.
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Initial post: 15 Oct 2013, 08:19:48 BST
Struggled with this one of first listern but on a second listern i enjoyed it better.
Not a classic but a average adventure.
Your reviews on Big Finish Doctor Who are full or passion & enthusiasm.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Oct 2013, 02:47:13 BST
Keen Reader says:
Thanks timelord007 - appreciate the positive feedback.

Posted on 27 Feb 2016, 07:10:42 GMT
Hello KR!
Hope all is well with you.
I enjoyed reading your review on 'Embrace the Darkness'.
I've only heard this audio once but I remember enjoying it with the Doctor and Charley. Interesting how you comment that the story builds up pretty well in the first three episodes but the ending is weak in episode . I'll have to re listen to this audio again to give my own review on it.
Great review KR!
Tim. :)

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2016, 17:56:56 GMT
Keen Reader says:
Hi Tim

All is well, thank you.

I'm glad you liked my review of Embrace the Darkness. I liked the story, it had a really nice gothic horror feel to it. I think the ending was a little weak, given the way the story had built up across the first three episodes, but that was really a small quibble for what had been a really enjoyable listen.

Thanks very much, Tim. I really appreciate your kind thoughts.
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