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Almost perfect...

By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Tuesday 13 May 2008
Rating:   9

The only thing that stops this story from being a totally brilliant one is the score. And I thought Delta and The bannermen was bad, but not as irritating and distracting as the score is on this otherwise very well written and extremely enjoyable play. The thing is, if its gonna be a Haunting tale, you dont want rubbish scores do you? You want creepy old scores like those of old from the Web Of Fear or something like that. The music totally destroys any sense of real scares. If you can try to get past the music, there is still an excellent story behind it. A well crafted story in the usual Jonathan Morris style, with very fine performances from all those involved.

There are some good characters again, and some nasty deaths, but overall this is just a focus on one man. A good presentation here, a realistic sound score too, so as you can see only the blasted music stopes this from being a big winner. Maybe the guys at big finish could do a remix of the track of this one, if its at all possible. Doctor who scores arent supposed to be cute, their supposed to be creepy. Bring back Dudley Simpson!

Errors abound in this one

By:Philip Comins, USA
Date:Wednesday 28 May 2008
Rating:   6

A character jumps off a train and at the same time tells Nyssa that she should jump because he'll catch her. The Doctor lands his TARDIS inside another version of his TARDIS creating the same paradox as in Legopolis, except ... no paradox this time. Not quite as good as many others. I'm baffled by the ending, which I will kindly not reveal

History, surprise and suspense

By:writingbluebear, jersey
Date:Saturday 4 October 2008
Rating:   9

This has a real sense of suspence and atmosphere which is believable and holds you throughout. A great finish where everything pulls together and all together an excellent introduction for a new campanion, with some outstanding moments bringing this dickens world to live.

Very Victorian

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Friday 14 May 2010
Rating:   7

Jonathan Morris is playing with time again. The story is a variation on the "Flip-Flop" idea that future "versions" in history can interact with the past. In this story, some unnamed gas beasties have chosen a Dickensian orphan named Thomas Brewster to haunt by projecting to him images of his dead mother and then getting him to construct a time machine. The ghost of Brewster's mother is genuinely creepy. The story is divided so that each part gets told within a different genre: Part 1, Dickens; Part 2, Sherlock Holmes; Part 3, Haunted House; Part 4, Christopher Bidmead style Doctor Who. Strangely enough, it works on the whole, giving the story variety. We get to see events from three different perspectives (Brewster's, The Doctor's, and Nyssa's). There are a few problems bringing down my rating. One is the awful, and I mean truly awful, soundtrack music. This boring techno-lite late 70's Cluster/Moebius deal does not in any way fit the content or atmosphere of the story. Another problem is the senseless death of McIntosh. He goes from "You betrayed me, Doctor" to "I will sacrifice myself for you, Doctor" faster than it takes Rush Limbaugh to down a bottle of Oxycontin. Finally, that Brewster can just walk into the TARDIS and get it going on his own contradicts all the lore suggesting that the TARDIS is very hard to work. However, overall this is an interesting story, well paced and well acted.

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