The small thing that really doesn't matter at all, but still annoys me, is that it seems they were trying to mirror the colour scheme of the original series 1 DVDs. But they went: red - blue - green - purple. Whereas these sets go: blue - red - green - purple.
So, it may not need to be said, but now that 9DA 04 is out, I'd just like to take a moment to appreciate the fact that, as of now, there are exactly twice as many 9th Doctor stories as there were before the range began.
Eccleston is now equally as much an Audio Doctor as a TV Doctor.
It is a wonderful thing to see.
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Because we knew this was out today, downloading was one of the first things I did when I got up. I was still half asleep and totally forgot we didn't know the Cybermen were in this until I had it extracted! (Makes sense, though - it really was set up in Monsters in Metropolis.)
Anyway, it's the first day above zero this year in Toronto, so a great time for a long walk and some Eccleston!
Post by theillusiveman on Feb 16, 2022 13:24:12 GMT
Really good, The Chemistry and bantering between The 9th Doctor and Brigadier were one of the highlights of the story the sound and atmosphere were top notch, the acting was fairly decent and the cliffhanger was excellent
Post by theillusiveman on Feb 16, 2022 13:26:25 GMT
The Finale agian its great that the momentum from the last story kept up, agian great performances and character developemnt is well done the fate of one of the characters i could see a mile away but i think the ending was really good- really shows the growth of The Brigadier The Scenes with him and 9 were really good
Post by theillusiveman on Feb 16, 2022 13:29:03 GMT
Just finished listening i think this boxset was honestly the best of The First Series of 9DAs it was so much more consistent, The Brigadier felt natural and not fan serviced focused, Chris and Jon shared great chemistry and the meeting between the two characters felt truly special the cyber men were much more efficiently written instead of generic robots like other releases
Really strong set up. One of those where every aspect of the production is firing on all cylinders. Eccleston on fine form, some brilliant interaction with Culshaw, who I was surprised didn't make any attempt to sound older, and a great supporting cast. I thought there were too any references that are just at odds with Nine's era, but a very minor criticism.
EDIT: Individual episode threads have been merged with the set thread, it seems. Just to clarify this was about Way of the Burryman!
Hmm. I think this one is reminiscent of an RTD finale where the set up is stronger than the payoff, although Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways is the exception to the rule funnily enough!
Not bad by any means, pretty good in fact, but it felt like it was lacking punch for me. The Brigadier disappears for big chunks of it and aside from his exchange with the Doctor at the end doesn't do much. I'm not sure Sam needed to be in this story, to be honest, although that may be due to his lack of development as a character in the UNIT range. And I'm not overly sure what skills he displayed in this to warrant getting into UNIT! Much of the Fiona material was pulled directly from Rose when she's absorbed the vortex in The Parting of the Ways, albeit running with it for longer. It was also an episode that was upping the stakes without actually upping the stakes if that makes sense? Trying to tell an epic with the confines of a very intimate and limited cast.
Speaking of limited, you really do feel as though the Doctor would open up to the Brigadier more in this, except he doesn't. And I suspect the reason he doesn't is because it's not the direction Chris Eccleston wants to go in, which I respect, but it's to the stories detriment, I think.
As I said, it's not bad at all, but not quite the payoff I'd have liked after such an engaging set up.
EDIT: Individual episode threads have been merged with the set thread, it seems. Just to clarify this was about The Forth Generation!
This was right up my street, and that ending was on par with Monster in Metropolis for how heartbreaking it was. Eccleston nails it, and to me this is very much the damaged 9th Doctor we see in the TV series, but one that tries a bit harder to cover that up. As well, I think while Eccleston didn't supposedly want anything to emotional, I think that would only equate to grandiose emotion. These sets have had a lot of wonderfully quiet moments full of emotion, which is a bit different to RTD's first era.
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