A new Doctor Who talking book from the BBC. Telling an all new story for the Doctor that hasn't appeared in any other medium before.
This is the third entry in a trilogy. Which began with the First Doctor in 'Men of War', and then with the Third Doctor in 'Horrors of War.' Both saw them facing time disturbances in World War one, and left it with those to be sorted out.
Now in this story, the Sixth Doctor - travelling on his own - has come back to November 1918 to do that.
The cd runs for seventy seven mins [approx.] and is basically one long episode, the only breaks being the usual cd chapter ones.
Minimal sleeve notes advertise bbc product and give copyright info.
All these talking books have a single reader, who does the reading and all the voices. In this case it's Colin Baker, the Sixth Doctor himself..
Whilst there is enough exposition in this so that new listeners might be able to get into it, I would still recommend hearing the first two parts first, in order to get the full flavour of this trilogy.
The Doctor is finally returning to World War one, to do something he has long put off. Find the source of the time disturbances. He is reunited with two old acquaintances. They head for the source of the problem. Where they will see the horrors of war, and the choices those force people to make...
Writing something from the Doctor's viewpoint can be tricky, given the character is supposed to be enigmatic. But this works fine. Getting it well into character for the Sixth as well. One line early on in that respect will make you chuckle.
Colin Baker is a brilliant choice for reader, thanks to having a great voice, and making it one that is great to listen, putting just the right understated emphasis on the right things. Thus one line early on which is very subtle really does grab your attention and hint at what is to come.
The story unfolds superbly, letting you wonder what it will reveal. And when you do finally find out exactly what's going on, it does get very interesting. Because it's a unique problem for the Doctor to contend with, and that's what gives the story emotional power. Some scenes about the horrors of war really do get an emotional reaction out of you.
This just does though falter ever so slightly for a few mins near the end, as it stretches one point it's trying to make, and telling you that at the same time, for far too long. This bit possibly could have been shorter.
All in all though, this is a superb listen. A great end to the trilogy, one that really make it into an excellent piece of work as a whole, and it's a five star release on it's own as well. Although I would give it more than five stars if I could. It's that superb.
Doctor Who: Fortunes of War: 6th Doctor Audio Original Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||06 September 2018|
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Excellent finaleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 December 2019
Excellent finale to Justin Richard's trilogy, which is a moving reflection of the Great War, and has been perfect listening for the month of Remembrance in the anniversary year of 2019. A strong and confident performance by the actor, Colin Baker, whose reading recalls the sixth Doctor's slightly imperious curl while demonstrating the character's humanity, kindness and sympathy for the human condition. At the conclusion, the sixth Doctor's consciousness is visited by the spectre of messianic megalomania, which foreshadows the dilemma that will confront the tenth Doctor towards the end of his incarnation