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     Tuesday, January 30 2007 @ 12:26 AM EST
    While 2006 was a somewhat lackluster year at Big Finish, depending on whom you speak to, I have to vigorously suggest that you pick up the first release of 2007, "Circular Time".

    Honestly, I'm not quite sure I've had so pleasing an experience with a Big Finish audio, well, ever. Not only is it a completely new format for the line—being four separate adventures all around a central theme—it's perhaps the purest distillation of the characters of the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa yet available in any medium.

    It's kinda hard to talk about what makes this such a great release without spoiling the effect of it entirely, so I'll just say that you should avoid all descriptions and reviews, and listen to it as unaware of what's to follow as is possible.

    Even those who are mild about the Fifth Doctor, and who view Nyssa as a particularly useless companion, will, I think be surprised by how much they enjoy this one . . .

    "I think of myself as ambitious in casting terms, and I know that Bonnie [Langford] has the potential to make the part totally unirritating . . ." — JNT, 1986
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     Tuesday, January 30 2007 @ 03:23 AM EST
    I'm glad you posted this brief review DarthSkeptical. I was thinking about buying this but wasn't sure because of the new format. I'll put an order in and get myself a copy.

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     Tuesday, January 30 2007 @ 06:23 AM EST
    Well that's good to hear. So many of BF's stories of late have been ... uh... stupid.

    Really looking forward to something more Doctor Who-like from them.

    Sounds like this may be it.

    Sean.

    One solid hope is worth a cartload of uncertainties.
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     Friday, February 09 2007 @ 05:45 AM EST
    Well my copy has just arrived!

    Hopefully I'll get chance to listen to it soon but quite often my 'audios' sit about for a while as I like to ensure I can sit down and just listen to take it all in and enjoy the 'theatre of the mind' with no distractions.

    If it's rubbish I blame you Darth!!! Wink

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     Friday, February 09 2007 @ 09:34 AM EST
    And of course I'll happily take the blame Smile

    But don't do so before checking out episode 33 of the Whocast, which is co-hosted by Mike Maddox, the co-author of "Circular Time".

    BE WARNED, THOUGH: DO NOT CLICK ON THE ABOVE LINK WITHOUT FIRST HAVING HEARD "CIRCULAR TIME". It's so, so much better going into it unspoiled.

    "I think of myself as ambitious in casting terms, and I know that Bonnie [Langford] has the potential to make the part totally unirritating . . ." — JNT, 1986
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     Friday, February 09 2007 @ 09:41 AM EST
    [Quote  by:  DarthSkeptical] And of course I'll happily take the blame Smile

    But don't do so before checking out episode 33 of the Whocast, which is co-hosted by Mike Maddox, the co-author of "Circular Time".


    I've got episode 33 queued to listen to but haven't yet - should I hold back from listening to it (or at least that part) until I've heard Circular Time? Is it spoiler free?

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     Friday, February 09 2007 @ 07:57 PM EST
    It's spoiler-full. It's a no-holds-barred interview/gushfest with the author, principally focusing on all the things about "Circular Time" that the show's hosts liked.

    "I think of myself as ambitious in casting terms, and I know that Bonnie [Langford] has the potential to make the part totally unirritating . . ." — JNT, 1986
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     Friday, February 09 2007 @ 08:43 PM EST
    [Quote  by:  DarthSkeptical] no-holds-barred interview/gushfest

    That sounds like an oxymoron—maybe no-spoilers-barred? Smile

    P.S. I also recommend Circular Time as a breath of fresh air to the line!

    Daleks don't accept apologies! YOU WILL BE EXTERMINATED!
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     Monday, February 12 2007 @ 04:55 AM EST
    I've just finished listening to this and....


    ...WOW!!


    I agree totally with what DarthSkeptical said, it is a wonderful piece of work! I especially liked the last part and the 'nods' to other aspects of Doctor Who, like the Doctor quoting the Third Doctor. Normally I sell on my Audios once I’ve listened to them so they can fund the next one, but this defiantly a ‘keeper’

    Spoilers:-
    [I really didn't know what to make of the last part to start with but it drew me right in. I quickly realised that the man in the snow must be watcher but as we know about the 5th Doctors regeneration I was worried the story would pan out to be 'parallel world version of the Doctor'. I loved the fact it was the Doctor's mind connecting with his past companions, it made it feel that this always happens in some form during regeneration, we're just not aware of it. I also liked the fact the watcher was there as well as other aspects of the fifth Doctor's time.

    This could almost be a final episode for the 5th Doctor a Nyssa as it seemed to tie everything together, I haven’t looked in to this any deeper but I hope it isn’t their last outing.

    I guess this is the beauty of audio, I think this (in some form) would make a great TV episode but I doubt we’d see something like this on the screen?
    ]

    I’m off to listen to the Whocast Episode 33 now.

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     Monday, February 12 2007 @ 06:12 AM EST
    [Quote  by:  capricorn1] I've just finished listening to this and....


    ...WOW!!


    I agree totally with what DarthSkeptical said, it is a wonderful piece of work! I especially liked the last part and the 'nods' to other aspects of Doctor Who, like the Doctor quoting the Third Doctor. Normally I sell on my Audios once I’ve listened to them so they can fund the next one, but this defiantly a ‘keeper’
    I'm really glad you liked it, as I would've felt bad had I influenced you to exchange money for something you felt to be rubbish.

    Although details aren't currently out on the other Davison plays this year, this isn't the final Davison/Sutton pairing. (But if it were, it'd be a great one to end the relationship on.) March 30th sees the release of "Renaissance of the Daleks", which, though officially unconfirmed by Big Finish as of this writing, does co-star Sutton.

    "I think of myself as ambitious in casting terms, and I know that Bonnie [Langford] has the potential to make the part totally unirritating . . ." — JNT, 1986
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     Monday, February 12 2007 @ 07:28 AM EST
    [Quote  by:  DarthSkeptical]I'm really glad you liked it, as I would've felt bad had I influenced you to exchange money for something you felt to be rubbish.

    Although details aren't currently out on the other Davison plays this year, this isn't the final Davison/Sutton pairing. (But if it were, it'd be a great one to end the relationship on.) March 30th sees the release of "Renaissance of the Daleks", which, though officially unconfirmed by Big Finish as of this writing, does co-star Sutton.

    Don't worry - I was going to buy this one anyway as I'm a huge 5th Doctor fan, your posting just 'motivated' me to get it sooner.

    I do now recall reading about "Renaissance of the Daleks" in DWM.

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     Monday, February 12 2007 @ 08:17 AM EST
    Sigh... some parts were good, others more of the same in-the-doctor's-brain bull* that I'm completely sick to the teeth of.

    When will Big Finish stop setting stories entirely in some netherworld of the imagination or inside an alternate universe created just inside the Doctor's mind, or some crap nonsense like that?

    I want them to start writing Doctor Who stories again, not extistential drivel.

    (Gee, Sean, why not tell us what you really think?) :-)

    Sean.

    One solid hope is worth a cartload of uncertainties.
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     Monday, February 12 2007 @ 08:44 AM EST
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    (Gee, Sean, why not tell us what you really think?) :-)


    God Damn it man!!! Get off the fence and tell us what you thought of it!!!

    Mr. Green

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     Monday, February 19 2007 @ 09:13 AM EST
    I have to say that Mike Maddox was great fun to have on the show and the story of Circular Time was brilliant. We weren't just paying lip service on the story, it was somthing that I have listened to 3 times now just noticing new things.

    I strongly suggest people go check it out at www.bigfinish.com

    Regards,
    Paul

    A man is the sum of his memories, a Time Lord even more so...
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