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|By:||David Layton, Los Angeles, United States|
|Date:||Friday 10 February 2017|
|Rating: || 8|
Aquitaine presents Doctor Who in a format that almost always works for the show and is all too seldom done. It is science fiction in a pure form. Doctor 5 with Nyssa and Tegan answer a distress call leading them to the spaceship Aquitaine. Things are not quite right. The place is overgrown with weeds, dusty and deserted apart from the ship's robot intelligence, known as Hargreaves, and what appear to be ghosts. Our crew get split up, not just in space, but also in time. Something is up with the black hole around which the good ship Aquitaine is in orbit. Impending disaster is looming faster and faster and the options for survival are rapidly reducing. The premise is marvelous, giving the audience much to think about. The character of Hargreaves draws admiration as the kind of artificial personality one would actually like to have in a robot. The plot moves apace, and tension builds well. There is only one thing preventing me from giving this full marks, and that is the addition of a Russian mad scientist of the Professor Zaroff variety. The stock villain is the weakest character in the piece, providing an artificial and awkward plot twist in what is otherwise a quite logical story.
|Favorite Big Finish story EVER!|
|By:||Jared Star, Portsmouth, United States|
|Date:||Wednesday 27 October 2021|
|Rating: || 10|
This is my favorite Big Finish release. I don’t believe anything will take it. This is a timey wimey adventure done to perfection. The story was easy to understand, the characters were distinctive and memorable, the cast gave it their all, and what come out at the end was a masterpiece.
The music is one of the most fantastical and best scores ever heard on Big Finish (at least for me). They were beautiful and swelled to climaxes that conveyed a dramatic tone with essences of beauty. It matched the scenery which was a beautiful jungle that was trying to kill everyone.
Hargreaves was possibly the best side character ever invented and the actor for him is splendid. The plot made everyone feel separated and everyone was given pretty equal time. Everyone had a part to play. It’s everything I could have wanted from a story. This is so underrated and not talked about enough.