Allright. I liked it quite a bit, but I could have done without the silly over-acting that appeared with Flindor, no matter what boxes it ticks. That always rubs me the wrong way.
In general, I could do entirely without certain true-to-era things like that, or the long drawn out 'evil laugh'. Insane doesn't necessarily sound insane, evil rarely sounds evil, and when they do it's not like that.
(I'm a criminal defense attorney who specializes in appeals, and represent the indigent. I've had many long conversations from those suffering from serious delusional disorders, which are only partially-treated at best in prisons here in the states. Then there are psych interviews with such a client. Oh, sure, what they say might be insane, but it's said matter-of-factly: no, really, you have to listen. You have to protect me. X,Y,Z, is going on and it's aimed at me. Etc. Maybe some flushing, forced speech, etc., there are various markers. But not like "look at me, I'm CRAAAAZY" Flindor, if you follow).
That said, I love a good drawn-out tale. I didn't sense any padding. It was more... background that ended up being misdirection. All in all quite good.
Okay, just some random jottings. I got a sense of America - the indigenous people versus the Founding Fathers - in the relationship between the Commune and Gratitude Town. The story ticked on nicely, building up gently. Yeah, Flindor was way OTT. Who encouraged the actor to use that voice, for Farks sake? Not entirely happy with the ending either. Yes, the actors got to chew the audio scenery but the effects and music were loud in my headphones despite being set for spoken word, and although the pictures in my mind did sort of make sense of it, it felt... wrong. Guess I'm not a fan of fights with aliens in the Doctor's mind.
But to finish on an upbeat - at least Tom got to do something very different.
Not the best, but a very enjoyable way to spend a long car journey.
Story wise it probably rates somewhere in the middle of the PHP stories, but I still find that both the Fourth Doctor and Leela sound remarkably like they always did. And am so grateful that we have these new-old adventures.
It was a shame that the biggest laugh was Tom’s ad-libbing outtakes in the extras.
Bizarre & a very different type of story for the Fourth Doctor & Leela.
Flindor was trying to beat Soldeed for most OTT villian, his performance needed dialing down as it felt like his hammy acting was suited to the Season 17 era instead of Season 14 & it seemed to me there was a lot of shouty dialogue throughout this audio drama.
However i did enjoy it, it's certainly different from other Fourth Doctor stories & Tom & Louise are always brilliant as the Doctor & Leela.
Finally listening to this, near the end of Part 3 right now. So far...I don't know, it's not bad, but I'm also not finding it to be anything special.
Am feeling a bit of the same tbh..its ok though and am hoping Tom will up his pace and the slowness is an acting decision creatively. I kind of feel the way i would feel when either Blakes Seven would plonk them selfs down on an preindustrial planet full of bumpkins lol but hey still 3 more to go so plenty of time i dont mind the longer 6 episode format and i have to say Foe From Future with wee Charlotte from the Village is by farm (was that a slip?)my favourite followed by Helm of Awe (wee native bias there)
I have to admit going through the final episodes i was half expecting a chess game to appear like in Fenric. But the final three parts were definitely more enjoyable and a villain very over the top and i loved how TOM came back in a very commanding way giving more of an A game but i get the way he played the earlier episodes.He and Louise do really have a great rapport and in the end i began to really love the story.I would book it in for another relisten sometime soon where i get on with the others in my backlog.Ther whole vibe definitely reminds me of the old Universal Frankenstein stories. I mean what age is TOM?But he is one hell of an actor even now and has upped his game since his early beginnings.I never think Louise ever gives a bad performance either she always gives it her all with the material given. I will give it a 4.5 out of 5.
Well, even for a Hinchcliffe Presents story this was completely mental.
Still, for what it’s worth I didn’t mind it. Probably did help though that I didn’t listen to it all in one sitting.
The Doctor is really put through the ringer in this adventure and the villain over the top as he is, is still rather entertaining. Even though as others have mentioned all I could think about throughout it was Papa Lazarou every time he spoke! (Speaking of Big Finish when are you going to give Reese Shearsmith a call?...)
The connection to Gallifrey, however, was completely meaningless and really added nothing to the story and like all six parters it did drag towards the middle somewhat.
Also, and this isn’t a criticism at all but I was trying to wonder what the horror connection was with this one. The previous Hinchcliffe releases have had clear horror parallels as befitting his era but for this one I was stumped. Blood on Satan’s Claw perhaps?
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