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     The Kingmaker    
     Author:  BadWolf
     Dated:  Monday, June 26 2006 @ 10:04 PM EDT
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    DW ReviewsBig Finish 081 – The Kingmaker: (Mostly Spoiler Free)
    Peter Davison as the 5th Doctor with Nicola Bryant as Peri and Caroline Morris as Erimem.

    It is difficult to know what to make of this story my first reaction on hearing it was to label it as “twaddle.” Every once and a while Big Finish seem to feel that we need some comedy in our lives and whether that comedy matches our sense of humour seems irrelevant. I (obviously) have never been a big fan of these quirky Doctor Who stories.

    Having said that; it is hard to know if this story was comedy or not. Set in the reign of King Richard 3rd the plot seems to be a quest to find out who killed the “princes in the tower.” In the mix is an inebriated Doctor; William Shakespeare, a publisher’s robot, an inn keeping Duke of Clarence, Richard 3rd and assembled historical assistants but no princes. I am doing my best not to spoil this for anyone who is thinking of buying it and it may be that the listener thinks this will be the greatest story that they have ever heard but for me this was ill conceived, exceptionally poor in its execution and without the usual attention to historical detail that Big Finish have shown in the past. King Richard uses English slang only heard in the late 1960’s for instance and it is hard to suspend your disbelief when you hear him say things like “he topped himself.” Big Finish also seems to have crossed the Doctors timelines forgetting that the Doctor had already met and saved a young William Shakespeare in “Time of the Daleks.” Whilst this was an eighth Doctor story and this is a fifth Doctor story you would have thought that a very young Shakespeare would have remembered “The Doctor” which of course he doesn’t.

    Thinking that I was missing the point (whatever it was meant to be) I gave this story another couple of listens and came away with a slightly better understanding. Therefore I have reviewed my first judgement of this play and now wish to give it a rating of “absolute twaddle.” Let’s hope the next issue “The Settling” will be more to the high standard we have come to expect.

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