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     Big Finish 089 – No Man's Land    
     Author:  BadWolf
     Dated:  Saturday, December 30 2006 @ 12:47 AM EST
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    DW Reviews Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor with Sophie Aldred as Ace and Phillip Oliver as Hex.

    I could almost cut copy and paste my review for The Settling (BF – 082) and call it “done” here.

    The 7th Doctor together with companions Ace and Hex materialize once again in a war zone.This time the year is 1917 and the war is “The Great War” or sometimes known (incorrectly) as World War I.

    The story is prefaced with the information that the Doctor has materialized in a live battlefield and along with his companions was rendered unconscious and imprisoned by the British army. Upon regaining consciousness the trio learns that they were expected and shortly thereafter receive orders to investigate a murder that won’t be committed for another 24 hours.

    This Doctor particularly enjoys a mystery and immediately begins to investigate quickly discovering that they have been taken to a battlefield hospital which not only treats the wounded but has an interesting sideline in brainwashing the patients to mould them into more efficient killers. As has become par for the course with this incarnation of the Doctor one of the companions is tortured.

    (continues below)

    The play ends with an amateurish discussion upon the morals of the story and a clumsy attempt to drag the Doctors old enemy “The Forge” into the ending suggesting that they were behind it all. In the very last chapter the doctor reveals that he had found a letter from The Forge which gave this listener the impression that it had been tacked on as an afterthought.

    The mood for this play is as dark and gloomy as the recent 7th Doctor stories and really is a slightly lighter version of The Settling. The sleeve notes from author Martin Day reveal that this was a rewrite of a short story penned some 22 years previously in which werewolf like creatures were drawn to this particular war by blood-lust for the monumental injury and fatality count.

    Upon reading this I felt a little sorry for Mr. Day who should really have had the belief in his original work and rewritten it for this play. Somehow I feel that the idea of werewolves in the Flanders would (while a little cheesy) have been far more interesting that this play was. The concept of werewolves during The Great War would have also made it more reasonable to believe that The Forge had been behind the scenes pulling the strings.

    The other problem for this author is that; as has become the norm recently with Big Finish stories, a Doctor is portrayed in a similar play to one recently proceeding it and often imitation is not always the sincerest form of flattery.



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    Big Finish 089 – No Man's Land
    Authored by: tarashnat on Monday, January 08 2007 @ 03:39 PM EST

    I've forgotten most of the details of this play, as I struggled through my first listen. I really could not get into this story. For the reviewer's complaint of the similarity of Big Finish's recent output one needs just look at the last four Seventh Doctor stories. The mood and main concepts seem to just be rehashed from story to story. Only The Settling seems to have enough to let it rise above the others. Hopefully, the shakeup at Big Finish will result in a better range of output, but only time will tell.

    Taras

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