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     Big Finish 023 – Project Twilight:    
     Author:  BadWolf
     Dated:  Tuesday, July 04 2006 @ 01:00 AM EDT
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    DW Reviews Colin Baker as the 6th Doctor with Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smythe

    Where do you start delving into the archives of the now 80 odd Big Finish stories? There are so many good stories (and a few clunkers.) The first story in the series? The first 8th Doctor story? The first Dalek story? The first Cyberman? When the Doctor gains a new companion?

    I have decided to start somewhere in the middle with a 6th Doctor Story; Project Twilight for a variety of reasons. I have not as yet reviewed the 6th Doctor and for me Colin Baker has made the most significant improvement from the television persona until in Big Finish terms he is almost the “Doctor Who”. I have also heard several reviews of Big Finish Productions and this one seems too be missed every time despite it being (in my humble opinion) one of the most important Doctor Who Big Finishes not only for the superb acting but also because it spawns several important story arcs which will echo throughout the ongoing series and also has some echoes into the 2006 television series.

    The story (apart from a prequel) is set in the modern day Bermondsey, South East London and opens with the Doctor and Evelyn leaving a Chinese takeaway discussing the merits of Chinese food. It is at this point the first story arc is introduced when the Doctor suddenly recites the poem about Zargreus without knowing why. (This poem will become more familiar when the Zargreus storyline unfolds later in Big Finish 50.) Evelyn and the Doctor find several dead animals which appear to have been eaten. While they are investigating they hear what seems to be a murder taking place. The doctor and Evelyn soon find themselves up to their necks in murder; vampirism, South London Gangland and government agencies which bear a striking resemblance to Torchwood (2006 style.) along the way they meet Cassie who has a son Thomas Hector (or Hex as he will be known to the 7th Doctor) and they will lay the ground for Episode 46 - Project Lazarus.

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    The whole cast of this episode put in a wonderful performance and allow the listener to suspend their disbelief in what is a very unlikely story. Having spent a majority of my life in this area of South East London I can testify to the accent and attitude of the villain Reggie “The Gent” Mead played by Rob Dixon. Stephen Chance playing Nimrod conveys exactly the right amount of mystery and arrogance of a shadowy government agent.

    For those who dismissed the Colin Baker incarnation of Doctor Who they will be pleasantly surprised by this portrayal which shows less bluster and a more caring focussed time lord. Colin Baker had always stated that he wished he had longer with the television role to shape this incarnation and it looks like Big Finish is allowing him to do just that. Maggie Stables who plays Evelyn Smythe is an older companion and more the Doctors equal which adds a different dynamic to this Doctors relationship with his companion.

    An Excellent Doctor Who adventure for beginners and experienced “Big Finishers.” It is one of a number of excellent 6th Doctor stories for those who have avoided this incarnation based on the television portrayal.

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    Big Finish 023 – Project Twilight:
    Authored by: old china on Thursday, July 06 2006 @ 07:24 AM EDT
    I didn't realise that Hex was Cassie's son! I've only listened to a few Big Finishes but Project: Twilight is one I have heard. I agree totally regarding Colin Baker; it's fantastic that he's finally had the opportunity to flesh out the role. He really proves he was a great choice to be the Doctor, but was never given the chance to prove it on tv. The same goes for all the Big Finish Doctors actually, to greater or lesser extents.

    I must admit I actually find these audio adventures alot more in keeping with the spirit of the classic series than the new tv series has done. Although I really like the new series and the revamp has been essential for the new demographic, for us old Whovians (fans since way back when) these audios feel much more like the shows of our youth. They even have four episodes like the old shows had, and the longer pacing and the style of story are alot more like the classic Who.

    Apologies if this is considered off-topic (I'm new to these parts) but for my two pennies worth my favourites audios would have to be Spare Parts (Doctor 5), The Holy Terror (Doctor 6), Master (Doctor 7) and The Chimes of Midnight (Doctor 8).