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5.0 out of 5 stars Long Cold Winter, 25 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Winter for the Adept (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Winter For The Adept was only the tenth Doctor Who audio to be released by Big Finish and sees Andrew Cartmel (for what I believe was the first time) writing for a Doctor other than the Seventh Doctor. As a fan of Gothic Horror Winter For The Adept sounded like the kind of story I would enjoy, after all what could be better than a ghost story set in an isolated school at Christmas. And for the most part I found Winter For The Adept to be a roaring success.

Having a small cast of characters makes for some truly great drama. For instance the scene in which a piano can be heard playing from the music room while every character is accounted for in another room is a wonderfully creepy moment that send shivers down the spine. Cartmel then manages to make the audio go from creepy to downright unsettling as the "Ghost" opts to throw said piano at the Doctor and Nyssa.

As a ghost story Winter For The Adept is very effective, unfortunatly this being Doctor Who the effect is somewhat ruined by the Sci-Fi ending. Having said that one character is an actual genuine ghost although as The Doctor explains a ghost is not the spirit of a dead person.

I have a real soft spot for Winter For The Adept. It is by no means a classic but if you want what is for the most part a classic Christmas ghost story set in the Doctor Who universe then it comes highly recommended.
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Excellent review of a underrated story.
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