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A Bit Too Typical

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Sunday 6 August 2006
Rating:   6

"Phantasmagoria" gets the Big Finish series going. In this start, they have decided to play it safe. "Phantasmagoria" contains much that is typical of Doctor Who. We have a villain who is clearly a villain and not merely misunderstood. We have a historical setting. We have separation of the companion and the Doctor for a large part of the story. We have a seemingly supernatural phenomenon that turns out not to be. Indeed, so much of "Phantasmagoria" is so typically Doctor Who that in the end it is just a ho-hum story. The one real change, for the better, is added depth to Turlough's character. He is much more complex than the merely shifty figure of the TV series.

could have been a lot better

By:C G Harwood, Dunedin, NZ, New Zealand
Date:Monday 23 July 2007
Rating:   4

Yes I agree with David. This story was very safe. I know that the production team didn't want to take any risk with this being only the 2nd BF production - but surely they could have done better. Its the kind of like the story
It was an indiffrent proformance by Peter Davidson but he can be forgiven (its been a while since the last time he played the part, and he is better in a few of the later BF's.) Mark Strickson was very good, i look forward to him doing more. As for the rest of the cast they were not good.
It wasn't all bad thoe, i throught the cliff hangers were very good. the one where its reveled that the servent and the highway man were the same person was a shock.
I realy wanted to like this story, but was very dissapointed at the end. The plot was very thin and the explanations were very simple. But I realy hate villans that just sit there and laugh a lot.

A great historical feel with scifi twist

By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Wednesday 12 March 2008
Rating:   9

Mark Gatiss is one of the few writers of the new tv series who dont seem to tread over old ground in any of his scripts. he seems keen to create new stories with fresh ideas, not run of the mill garbage like some people seem in fact to love to write. But Mark is gladly not one of those writers. And that is the same for his audio plays too. Why has he only done two eh? Come on Mark, do us another soon!

Phantasmagoria has a first doctor story feel to it, one where he would not have been out of place in the slightest. Mark has brilliantly brought us a pseudo historical with bite! Phantasmagoria has it all, blood and guts, well liver and guts any rate, nasty playing cards, disguised aliens and a scary little casino. These elements all come together and work so well in this story. not an all out horror tale but with plenty of thought provoking eurghh moments! Sir Nikolas Valentine is a dark creation, a nasty villian well written and realised. A good hammer horror git he seems to me i can tell you. Mark Strickson actually getting a half decent part of the action is flaming brilliant too, he was the best wasted oppurtunity in the companion department. the brilliant guardian trilogy and then nothing really. And itd be cool to see a few more tales with him too. He is a great actor and works well alongside Peter Davison. A very worthwhile tale, only a little to short...

Great Mystery...

By:Andrew Shaw, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Date:Thursday 22 July 2010
Rating:   8

I loved the way they didnt reveal the mystery until the end, it seemed a bit out of character for Turlough wihich can only be good instead of him standing about complaining he gets his own part of the story and might have been better on the TV series if hewas given the chance one thing that I couldnt understand was when ( Lovemore/The Maid ) was talking to people before going after Valentine telling them I think ive found them Ill try to meet him, then when they found him says she was on a revenge mission alone and didnt contact anyone after that. when I was listening to this I could vision the Fourth Doctor doing this story very well, but Peter did it very well and I did enjoy it.

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