Downloaded this last night. Haven't had a chance to listen to it yet apart from the interviews and the wonderful tag scene at the end, which was a nice little surprise. Sounds as though it was great fun to make. Will listen fully over the weekend.
I've finally given in an listened to this.. my first avengers audio.
Don't panic. It was a review copy.
I'm a Tara King man myself and it's just a cracking yarn and feels like the five doctors meets avengers.
Out any day now.
TinDogPodcast reviews @bigfinish #TheAvengers #TooManyTargets - Its A wonderful bit of nostalgia for a superb show. This is the 5 Doctors of Avengers Law. Not to be missedThis title was released in September 2018. It will be exclusively available to buy from the BF website until October 31st 2018, and on general sale after this date. Two agents are dead, and their murderers sound worryingly familiar. A killer gorilla is on the loose, a deadly disease is ravaging a distant country and an eminent
Great fun, but boy is Emily Woodward miscast as Tara, her voice and portrayal of the character was a real down point for me. Bowlers tipped to Beth Charmers as Cathy Gale though, brilliant bit of casting.
Indeed. One thing that concerns me, there is only one original novel to feature Cathy Gale, and a few comic strips, I'd hate that to restrict Beth Charmers reprising her role in future releases. If they stick to just books and comics to adapt then Cathy's pretty much stuffed. Sadly Emily Woodward's performance wouldn't inspire me to buy Tara King releases.
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That was excellent and the tone is set from the moment Steed uses the phrase 'killer gorilla' and then stops to finish his cup of tea before answering Charles' urgent summons. Nothing's so urgent that a chap can't finish his tea first!
I liked the way that, 'Five Doctors' style, the plot divides the various Avengers then pairs them up, gives them separate journeys and adventures and finally draws them all together for the big showdown with the villains.
Everyone gets their moment and the chance to show their particular expertise - medicine, anthropology, espionage, electronics, etc. Personally I especially enjoy the Steed and Mrs. Peel stories so I was very pleased to see them teamed up again here and right on tone for their era, great scenes in the creepy crypt with the rocket-powered angels and I loved Steed's idea of essentials for a riverside picnic - case of Champagne, Fortnum & Mason's hamper, rocket launcher...
I thought all the acting was first-class and perfect for the period - great to hear Christopher Benjamin and Hugh Fraser, and Beth Chalmers' voice for Cathy Gale was so good I could easily imagine Honor Blackman back in action.
The richly detailed Sixties sound design was spot-on (BF do this so well, as in the classic CM sets) and the pacing and direction as authentic-sounding as the rest. I've not read the novel so I don't know how much the story was changed (if at all) in the adaptation, but to me it all felt exactly right. And even two unexpected 'guest appearances' at the end - they hardly made sense in context of the story, but why not? - we were promised ALL The Avengers, weren't we!
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