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     Big Finish 090 – The Year of the Pig    
     Author:  BadWolf
     Dated:  Saturday, December 30 2006 @ 12:53 AM EST
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    DW Reviews Colin Baker as the 6th Doctor with Nicola Bryant as Peri

    In some ways this is entirely appropriate title for the last play of 2006.

    The Doctor and Peri during a “reading week” discover “Toby the Sapient Pig.” The concept of Toby was inspired by the scenes in Aliens of London where the Slitheen used a pig to confuse the authorities and I have to say that this play has had the same effect upon me. Whilst I admire the idea in the writers mind’ on listening to the play I could only find one question: Why? I think that the idea may have been farce or just outright comedy but whatever it was, it was totally lost on me. Other than that I really don’t have that much to say. Colin baker and Nicola Bryant play their parts adequately without stretching themselves as do the remainder of the cast and script. I honestly cannot find much to recommend this play.

    As I said above in some ways this has been a pig of a year for Big Finish listeners. Whilst there have been some high points (The Reaping: The Settling Time Works) Big Finish seems to have got itself into a rut.

    The Eighth Doctor seems to either continually visit prisons like some bizarre time travelling outreach worker or trap others in his mind like a psychic game show host.

    (continues below)

    The Seventh Doctor seems to have bumped into Darth Vader recently and has gone over to the “Dark Side” big time. While this persona of the Doctor was always dark he has become almost invisible in a photographic dark room. Like the Eighth Doctor the Seventh seems to have forgotten a good murder whodunit and looks like he is only interested in war zones. The subscriber bonus “Return of the Daleks” gives the impression of being recorded some time ago (probably when Dalek Empires was recorded.)

    The Fifth Doctor still continues to parp around finding neither a theme nor a good story to hang his hat on which brings us back to the Sixth who still seems to make the most of the consistently varied stories and keep us believing that when on their game Big Finish can still thrill.

    Hopefully the changes announced earlier this year will help focus the BF output and they will once again return to the consistency that they were known for. After March of 2007 there should be no reason for the Doctors to keep materialising on prison planets or war zones.

    I cannot say that I am in favour of the plans as described by Nicholas Briggs (I believe that there are places for Hex and Evelyn Smythe) but given that BF seem to be stuck in a time loop that causes them to forget what the last story was; a shake up seems to be just what the Doctor ordered.

    Going back to The Year of the Pig, only one rating can be appropriate: Utter Hogwash!

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    Big Finish 090 – The Year of the Pig
    Authored by: tarashnat on Monday, January 08 2007 @ 03:21 PM EST

    Well, one of the biggest news stories over the last year had to be the war in Iraq and the various prison scandals there. Whether consciously or unconsciously, this seems to have crept into a major percentage of the Big Finish output recently.

    Now on to The Year of the Pig. There are some good concepts here, but they do not seem to have been polished enough to give this story cohesion. There were parts of this play that I enjoyed, and there were those that made me cringe. Overall, I would call this an average outing. This may be the first time in a while that the presence of Colin Baker alone wasn't enough to improve the script to a higher level, though this has been one of the weaker ones he has had to perform.


    Do try the chips...

    Big Finish 090 – The Year of the Pig
    Authored by: NYCPulpWriter on Sunday, March 25 2007 @ 03:57 PM EDT
    Nonsense. There were no "cringe" moments at all in this episode. I thought everything was perfect. The dialogue capturd the essence of the Edwardian period perfectly.

    I loved how detail was put in naming the different cuisines of British and Belgium food. The voice actors were flawless and very convincing. Even Peri and her generic American accent were spot on.

    Also, there were no prison scandal references in the story. It's quite ridiculous and absurd when everyone tries to find correlation in every piece of fiction and the war in Iraq.

    This was a fun story and I highly recommend it to anyone who's fond of early 20th century Western Europe culture.