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     Big Finish 084 – The Nowhere Place:    
     Author:  BadWolf
     Dated:  Saturday, August 12 2006 @ 08:14 PM EDT
     Viewed:  1,468 times  
    DW Reviews Colin Baker as the 6th Doctor with Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smythe.

    Before I put my thoughts to (electronic paper) on this story I should tell you that this arrived one week ago today and I have listened to it everyday since for reasons that will become apparent later.

    The story opens on January 16th 2197 on the edge of our solar system near the planet Pluto. The space carrier Valiant holding squadrons of "Damocles" fighter ships is on patrol ready to fight off “Endosian raiders” which have been raiding the system. Without warning Armstrong; one of the pilots hears a bell in his mind and almost immediately suffers a breakdown.

    The Doctor meanwhile has abandoned a landing on Earth in the far future and admits to Evelyn that he has become scared of what he saw when he tried to land. He has set the Tardis to drift backwards through time on the edge of the solar system when suddenly he and Evelyn hear a bell chiming. The bell is from Earth in the 1950’s but the year is 2197. Deciding to find answers to this mystery the Doctor materialises the Tardis on the Valiant and very swiftly gets both Evelyn and himself captured by the crew.

    (continues below)

    Within a very short time a strange door is found in the hull of the valiant. A door which seems to open directly into space and appears to be 50 billion years old. While the Doctor and Evelyn find themselves under suspicion from the Valliant’s captain. The door opens and Armstrong steps through into The Nowhere Place apparently unable to help or stop himself. Other members of the crew then begin to hear the bell and each one is drawn through the door to their death even f it means crashing a fighter into the hull of the valliant.

    The Doctor tracks the bell to a steam train called the Ivy Lee on an obscure branch line of an English railway and believes that the answer to the mystery can be found on that train on September 7th 1952 and races to find that answer before the whole crew of the Valiant is drawn through the door.

    Written, directed and acted in by Nicholas Briggs (who plays Trevor Ridgley) the Nowhere Place is almost a Doctor Who ghost story. Spooky futuristic music is used to very good effect during the story and there are some excellent performances from the entire cast. When I first heard this story I was surprised to find myself actually sitting on the edge of my seat. The pacing and timing of the play was perfect

    But (and there is of course a but) the problem with this story is the same reason that I have been listening every day for the past week. The final part of the story and the resolution becomes fairly messy and confusing which was a great disappointment. Therefore I could only recommend this play to experienced listeners.

    Oh and... Before anyone else asks, I received the second cover with the door in it.

    Whilst BF may think that this is a selling point I would rather that they print an extra page to the cd sleeve so that the listener could decide for themselves which cover they prefered.

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    Big Finish 084 – The Nowhere Place:
    Authored by: timwhite on Thursday, August 24 2006 @ 11:36 AM EDT
    So I guess I'm confused - have you been listening to it every day becuase you are listening to the final part over and over trying to figure it out?