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It Happened/Didn't Happen Again

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Wednesday 7 March 2018
Rating:   7

This ends the Doctor 6/Charley combo. Writer Nick Briggs has tried to go out with a big, bombastic finish, full of zombie-like hordes, maniacs with guns, ruthless aliens, and the Earth in peril. It's another one of those somebody is messing with the time line sort of story. Herein lies one of the problems. Clearly if this is Earth and nothing corresponds to any known history of Earth, then The Doctor should be a little more perturbed about it than just "it doesn't feel right." Also, the plot that runs in constant crisis mode means that there is no way to go bigger once the engines are revved, at about 10 minutes into part 1. Still, the story follows the logic of its setup. The Viyrans turn out to be one of the more interesting Big Finish creations in their own way, because their ethical code works well as a foil for The Doctor's ethical code.



Once in a blue moon cometh a dud....

By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Thursday 9 December 2010
Rating:   4

This story tries to hard to impact. And it distinctly fails in my opinion. The story is easily convuluted and grows scarily like the over the top brand of new TV adventures.

Charleyas her final end, and it should have been far more monumental and grand, considering her reign has been nearly ten years old. The Girl Who Never Was IS better than this weak story by far. Nick Briggs didnt do quite so well this time, which is sad after his excellent Patient Zero. But everyone has their bad days.

Even Colin and India cant save this this time. I find the plot a trifle stupid at times. I could have thought of a far better ending, but sadly it wasnt forthcoming. (Unevolving humanity? Considering the fact that we didnt evolve in the first place)

The sound score may once more be up to a high standard, but what substitute is that when this story is stiff, bland, unengaging and tepid to say the very least. If youre expecting lots of grand bangs and flashes to end India's run as Charley, then youre going to be very dissapointed by this outing.

Yes, this is one of the very rare duds that manifest in the Big Finish range. What a great relief that the next Colin Baker trilogy is far better than this run. But it is only this silly ending that is poor in this trio. Nick shouldnt have done two so close together. This is nowhere near the Nowhere Place.

But at least duds are still far more sparse within the BFP line than they are in the new series.



More Timey-Wimey Stuff

By:Doug, Pocono Summit, PA, USA
Date:Tuesday 22 December 2009
Rating:   7

Well, everything must eventually come to an end. For Charley, and her twisting & turning of the timelines, it appears that this is the end, and I'll say that it's more like most of the classic Who partings we remember from TV. I've personally enjoyed the character in her many appearances in these audios, but I'd also say that the character has been pretty well exhausted in her nine-year run. Happily, this is a better final story for her than The Girl Who Never Was. Yet, at the same time, there's a bit of a bleak shallowness to Blue Forgotten Planet that keeps it from being a truly outstanding release.

It's great to have the Viyrans back again, once again voiced by the superb Michael Maloney (plus effects). There is actually a good deal of mystery surrounding who they really are, where they come from, and how they could be as powerful as they are. It all leads this listener to believe that they could somehow be involved with some Time Lord faction that is very much in favor of intervention... but we'll have to see if anything is ever revealed about their true origins.

With its orchestral (pseudo-orchestral?) score and moments of high intensity, Blue Forgotten Planet tries to be somewhat cinematic in style, at least in the first half or so. It comes pretty close, but doesn't quite make it, and as I say, parts of the story end up feeling a little thin. Granted, much of what's happening here really is primarily a means to an end - the end of wrapping up Charley's story with the sixth Doctor, settling the Mila situation, and getting the sixth Doctor out of the obvious temporal contradiction issues that come up with all of this, so there's already a lot on the "to do" list here. Having said that, the final scenes between Charley and the Doctor here are nicely done and emotionally poignant, and though perhaps the final resolutions to the central issues of the story are a bit too magical and far-fetched, the tale is concluded rather nicely by the end, and it all works.

Though perhaps not a truly outstanding story, Blue Forgotten Planet is essential listening for the fan of the monthly line.



Good bye Charlie and hello-Jean Luc

By:Charles G. Dietz, San Jose, CA, United States
Date:Monday 19 October 2009
Rating:   7

Overall, ok story. I thought that Charlie should have been dropped off and saved by the 8th so then she would be in a morbius loop. Has anybody noticed that the Veryadans sound like Jean Luc Picard of Star Trek as Locutus of Borg.



Good but not great

By:writingbluebear, jersey
Date:Saturday 10 October 2009
Rating:   8

Without giving too much away, like many before it's fallen into the trap of the doctor's solution and ending is a little unreal/too easy. However this is still a good story, tugging at the heart a little and leaves you asking questions.




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