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how many can you fit in the same planet

By:Clive T Wright, St Lawrence, United Kingdom
Date:Saturday 27 December 2014
Rating:   9

Signs and wonders is an excellent story with just one flaw, which is eventually there has to be a limit on the number of Gods/aliens/monsters from the past bursting out of the planet.

Putting that aside, this is a great story, bringing two plot lines to conclusion whilst continuing to develop those left behind. Difficult to say much without spoiling it for others, so listen, enjoy and just ignore the fact that there must be thousands of gods, aliens, monsters still left buried in the earth.

Goodbye Hex

By:David Layton, Los Angeles, United States
Date:Friday 16 September 2016
Rating:   6

"Signs and Wonders" follows the pattern of Big Finish and recent Doctor Who of ending a long story arc with big, dramatic, over-the-top grandiosity that is really, really huge. Such endings rarely meet expectations, and this story is one that does not meet expectations. What goes wrong here is that the story is quite visual, relying on seeing monsters and crowds, and a host of other things. Matt Fitton has chosen to convey all this in the laziest way possible, through long, dull speeches. We get quite a bit of characters by themselves describing to themselves what they are doing, another matter of lazy writing. Another problematic area is the content of the story itself. All this stuff with elder gods that have undefined immense "powers" and "energy" is just a screen for slipping magic into the story. Thus, we get Hector/Hex taking the Harry Potter role in this story, bumbling through magic powers and a mysterious (to him) past. We get 4 different types of quasi-immortal superbeings. We get a Liverpool that seems to be about 3 streets big given how characters just magically find each other when the story needs them to meet, even though they were blocks apart or in entirely different parts of the city just a scene or two earlier. It is not as if the story is irredeemable. It is good that Big Finish has given Hex a calm and graceful exit from life on the TARDIS, one that suits his character. The story manages to tie up a number of loose ends. For that, at least, one can listen without totally cringing.

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