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     Doctor Who - Forty Five    
     Author:  cybercolin
     Dated:  Monday, November 24 2008 @ 06:21 PM EST
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    DW Reviews45 years and still as good as ever. Doctor Who is not a television programme, it’s a hobby, a job, an obsession, whatever you want to call it. It has taken over people’s lives, their childhoods, relationships, marriages and children. Who would have thought that in 1963, a science-fiction educational program, aired on the BBC was going to turn into the huge fandom monster it has created? These fans could be anyone, mainly nutters but there’s always someone who can appreciate the production values of ‘Sliver Nemesis’. Or is it just me?

    Each decade of the programme has had a special anniversary episode(s). Thankfully there is no Dimensions In Time this year, instead Big Finish are celebrating with the release of their special audio, made up of 4 one-part stories, the mind blowingly named - Forty Five!

    This audio sees Sylvester McCoy taking on four separate stories, along with companion's Ace and Hex. Each of the four stories, in this audio, are linked by Forty Five or its numerical version. It becomes apparent, whilst listen to this, that it’s another example of quality planning by Big Finish and thier writers.

    The CD kicks off with ‘False Gods’ which is a nice old romp set in Eygpt. Throw in Howard Carter and a few time distortions and we've got ourselves a nice story that ticks along nicely but the last 10 minutes in particular are excellent.

    Part two of this audio is the story ‘Order of Simplicity’, which sees the trio land on a windswept island in the year 3380 after The Doctor receives a coded transmission. He learns that a professor based on the island, needs help to crack a code. But something sinister seems to be behind it, what is the code really for and why is The Doctor so keen to crack it? This story is designed to be very creepy and the apparent 19th century décor in the professor’s house, for the year it’s set in, does seems a little strange! It’s an interesting enough story but its one of those that you’ll have to listen to carefully – it has a sort of ‘Ghost Light’ feel to it!

    Part three is ‘Casualties of War’ and is the best 20-odd minutes on the CD! It’s VE Day but The Doctor is busy tracking the signal of an alien device. It seems that a local thief has got his mucky hands on a large quantity of alien artefacts and is already using one to great affect. This story sees Ace given more back-story and it also seems that the Hex ‘arc’ is getting ready to unravel itself. All in all, it’s a wonderful story that will leave you wanting more!

    The final story of the audio is also as well delivered as the previous three. Although, ‘The Word Lord’ is the most strangest story I’ve listened to for a while, its well worth it just for the David Tennant impression – you’ll know what I’ll mean if you’ve heard it! The story starts with the trio under arrest for materialising in a high-security bunker, just when a Russian politician is murdered. But thanks to a UNIT link, they end up helping the people there but they have only – 45 minutes to do it. You probably can see where this is going but quite surprisingly, it doesn’t get annoying!

    We may or may not see certain characters again, something which could be interesting next year, as each Doctor will have a trilogy of audio releases in consecutive months! As always, the pairing of the 7th Doctor, Ace and Hex remain one of my favourite’s and they pull each story off particularly well. I think we’ll be delving into Hex’s back-story soon but don’t hold me to it!

    4 Tardis Groans out of 5

    (see what i've done with the numbers there?)

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    Authored by: Chase on Saturday, January 03 2009 @ 03:01 PM EST
    This is a great story and I love the Hex, Ace, Doc7 interplay. I do however HATE that Nick Briggs shys away from doing multi Doctor stories. The one that was done ZAGREUS, was not really a multi Doctor story and I think it's time one was done