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Great start for a new friend!

By:writingbluebear, jersey
Date:Friday 26 February 2010
Rating:   8

Tiny wings has real atmosphere, creating a sense of time and place with a great foe.

The introduction of the doctors new partner is handled very well. Dialog is very strong, perfect for the period, bringing out values and views we would find tough to handle today.

Whilst the method of defeating the enemy isnt original, simply burying the problem at the end was a little weak.

However tiny wings is a great listen, despite the ending.

Atmospheric, Eerie, Suspenseful Drama

By:Doug, Pocono Summit, PA, USA
Date:Monday 22 March 2010
Rating:   9

What a treat! A Thousand Tiny Wings is a real change of pace. There really isn't a whole lot happening in this story, yet the suspense and rich atmosphere that are quickly established create a very enjoyable and gripping listening experience. This is accomplished due in no small part to the work of the excellent cast, the intelligent, flowing and sometimes witty script, and the direction and sound design, which really transports the listener to 1950s Kenya. Klein's presence in all of it is fascinating, and gives the whole story a big extra dimension. She featured in Colditz, another of these productions from way back in 2001 - a Nazi woman (or at least a woman associated with the Nazis) from an alternate Earth in which the Nazis won World War II. What results here is a rather relaxed, confined setting, and a slow-going yet suspenseful story, as opposed to a more grand plot unfolding in some vast space with fast-paced action. It gives the feel of a simpler time long ago, while including a bit of stark strangeness and mystery. McCoy's Seventh Doctor is great fun here, and the alien of the story is a rather imaginative creation.

Lots to like - highly recommended!

I agree with Doug...

By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Wednesday 21 July 2010
Rating:   9

...that this is a rare kind of story. It may not be absolutely brimming with action all the way through. It is more focused on unravelling at an easy pace and is therefore very easy to follow.

The return of Tracey as Klein is such a good idea. The Cayliss happen to be a really interesting and different race of aliens. Rather pretty but deadly hummingbirds from another planet.

This also is highly atmospheric. The sound score is paticualrly impressive, giving a real feel of this being in the middle of Africa. The plot is easy to follow and so that is another good thing.

Sylvester Mccoy and Tracey make this story though. They roll off each other in really good ways. And all the characters here are interesting and well acted by all those involved.

Yet again just a little grating evolution talk once more. Gets a little boring after a while. But apart from this this story is highly recommendable. One of the best audio stories from Big Finish in recent months. A real creepy tale.

Klein Returns

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Saturday 13 July 2019
Rating:   7

This story is a kind of closet drama (with a few outdoor scenes) with political philosophy thrown in. Set in an isolated farmhouse in Kenya during the Mau Mau Uprising (mid 1950s), the story is designed to test the contentions between democracy and fascism, with colonialism as the test case. A small group of women are isolated, hiding from the Kenyans who are seeking freedom from British colonial rule through violent overthrow. Mrs. O'Donnel, the grand matron, is an old-time colonialist with a German husband and fascist ideas, who believes that the natives need the strong hand of European guidance. The other women are primarily scared and precious. And then there is Dr. Elizabeth Klein, who has come to Africa after hiding out in South America so she can test a theory and try to get her world back (listen to Colditz for the back story). Then, The Doctor just appears. This leads to much back and forth between Klein and The Doctor about the relative strength of their values. Add to this a strange alien presence and one gets an odd story for Doctor Who. It's the first of a trilogy, so we wait to see how The Doctor and Klein fair as a TARDIS team, so to speak.

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