Doctor Who: Point of Entry Review

I remember when this came out it split opinion, some saying it was great, others saying it was too long winded and boring. I fell more towards the latter back then, so going into this second listen ten odd years later I was hoping to have my old opinion reversed and that maybe I just wasn’t in a mood for a slow burning historical-set adventure when I first listened to it. So which side did I fall on this time?! Let’s find out as we jump back into proposed Season 23 storylines territory with Point of Entry.

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Doctor Who: Paradise 5 Review

Paradise 5 is the odd one out of the original Lost Stories run, as it was originally the third segment of the “Trial of a Time Lord” season, rather than having been planned for the series that was eventually replaced by it. That means it’s in four parts rather than two long ones, and it also means quite a bit had to be rewritten! The original had Mel as a companion (in her first story no less!) and loads of Trial scenes in amongst it, so this Paradise 5 isn’t as much a Lost Story brought back as much as one that’s been adapted. Still, after all that waffling, is it any good?

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Doctor Who: The Hollows of Time Review

The Hollows of Time was written by TV story fan favourite Christopher H Bidmead, but sadly much like his other Audio effort “Renaissance of the Daleks” this leaves a lot to be desired. Full of long exposition and very few thrills… ever, Hollows of Time lives up to the hollow part if nothing else. Throw in the unfortunate fact that Big Finish at the time couldn’t get rights to The Master, leaving “Professor Stream” as figure of mystery that clearly is supposed to be Ainley’s Master in disguise but is never revealed as such, and it’s a pretty poor way to spend two hours…

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Doctor Who: Leviathan Review

During the first series of Lost Stories I remember there being two unexpected hits, this and “Point of Entry”, and while the latter often splits opinion, Leviathan is often pointed out as the major hit of the run. Why? Well, it blends medieval folklore with a fun sci-fi plot, and does it very well. Want more specifics? Well, let’s take a closer look then!

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Doctor Who – Mission to Magnus Review

… Uh-oh. You know when you remember something being bad, then when you return to it it’s somehow worse than you remembered? Well.. That. Mission to Magnus, despite being written in the 80s, is somehow more sexist than Prison in Space, written in the 60s, and has a really gratingly bad child actor to boot. How did this nearly get made as part of the original Season 23? As a fan of the Ice Warriors I imagine appearing in this story would’ve been worse than what actually happened to them, and what actually happened is they weren’t brought back on screen for decades. Let’s take a look then…

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Doctor Who – The Nightmare Fair Review

It’s funny that its taken this long to swing back round to the Lost Stories that started them all, but here we are! The Nightmare Fair is the first of an impressive run of eleven Sixth Doctor Lost Stories (twelve if I hadn’t already reviewed Ultimate Evil) and is one of the ones I knew about before the range started. It was originally supposed to kick off Season 23, with the last line of Revelation of the Daleks originally making reference to Blackpool being their next destination before everything became uncertain and they removed it. So how does the Nightmare Fair hold up? Is it better than the other Lost Story featuring one of the Celestial Beings?… It would be hard not to be! Let’s take a look!

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Doctor Who: The Children of Seth Review

Another Fifth Doctor Lost Story, another case of Nyssa getting her mind messed with! Also, another Big Finish story featuring David Warner doing his same voice… Ah well. What else does The Children of Seth offer? Why more politics and androids, obviously! Yes, this story does feel like a lot of existing Fifth Doctor stories mashed together, but is it any good? That’s the main question!

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Doctor Who: Hexagora Review

The Fifth Doctor lost stories rocket on then, as we get a very of-era story set on an alien world that has coincidentally copied Tudor London for their city, which would’ve been handy at the time for existing sets and costumes! Involving an old friend of Tegans and some body snatching, it’s got a lot going on, but is it good, or should it have stayed on the cutting room floor? … Wait, cutting room floor doesn’t make any sense, it was just never commissioned, erm… never mind.

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Doctor Who: The Elite Review

We reach the Fifth Doctor in our look at the Lost Stories range (not including the story I’ve already covered when it was released, obviously…) and we kick off with a bang! The Elite is one of the better Lost Stories, most importantly if you go into it without spoilers. This was my second time listening to it, and while it was still good nothing beats the memory of that first time reveal… Want to know more? Well, listen to it first, you’ll thank me! … Want to get spoiled anyway, or just want my thoughts? Read on!

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Doctor Who: The Valley of Death Review

The second of the two Fourth Doctor Lost Stories (for now!) is not lost in the same way as a lot of the other ones. “The Valley of Death” by all accounts is based on an idea Philip Hinchcliffe had during his time as a producer on the show where he wanted to do a story set in the Amazon, but sadly for him none of the writers were all that interested, so he dropped it. So it was an idea rather than anything already scripted or even pitched on paper, so although Mr. Hinchcliffe did give all his ideas to Jonathan Morris to adapt here, this feels more like a “Phillip Hinchcliffe Presents” release rather than a truly lost story. Still! The main thing is… well, is it any good? Let’s find out!

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