I'm really thrilled about this. I still can't even quite figure out why I like this range so much but I don't think I've every been so pleasantly surprised by a Big Finish range as Star Cops, and moreso because somehow I just couldn't seem to get into the TV series. I guess it must be the combination of such formidable acting talent and the truly excellent stories that Big Finish has come up with for the range.
Yeah, I understand, but they do sort of tie up this volume... also, most of us here are Dr Who fans from the Old School and as such, we may be annoyed by the inherent delay of the cliffhanger structure, but accept it as part of the game.
Now, I use my own naming conventions with the audio files that I buy. To me, prior to this, it was Series One of Star Cops, episodes 101 to 108. And this starts a new series. They mention "Series 3" in the interview/extras, but as far as I'm concerned, this starts with Episode 201.
My thoughts on Mars 1. On the whole, excellent. The synth incidental music etc is excellent which creates the perfect atmosphere. The 3 leads are, as usual, on their game and Devis is his usual lovable non-politically correct self.
I didn't warm to some of the side-character acting in the 2nd story, which I found a bit wooden, but as that was the most action-packed and expansive tale I still loved it.
A Red-planet esq 8 out of 10, bring on Mars 2 and the investigation in to the mysterious corporation.
Have the new characters (aka Hex and Bliss) been dropped?
I was certain I had read it somewhere fairly recently (and a quick check through the Vortex listings confirms it was the tail end of the Star Cops article in 129 - yay photographic memory!) that *delete for preference* Paul and Priya / Hex and Bliss / Philip and Rakhee will be returning for Mars part 2.
If you still want to know, then yes you can. I've never seen the TV show and you don't need to have heard Mother Earth.
Absolutley - you could go in cold and follow it, no problems. The recent audiobook 'The Stuff of Life' is set between the two BF series and well worth a listen too.
Btw... I believe the original series is to be found on youtube these days and it's really worth a watch - especially the Chris Boucher penned episodes (1-4 & 9)
Thank you both. Like masterdoctor I didn't pick up Mother Earth at the time and stalled on picking up Mars and The Stuff of Life on the assumption all three were linked in some way. But if they are stand alone then my end of the month shopping list is about to get a couple of new entries...😊
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