The Demons of Red Lodge By Jason Arnopp A long, dark night in 17th century Suffolk for the TARDIS travelers – when they find something nasty outside the woodshed. The Entropy Composition by Rick Briggs A lost prog rock symphony is unearthed from the vaults – with catastrophic consequences for the entire cosmos. Doing Time by William Gallagher The Demons of Red Lodge By Jason Arnopp A long, dark night in 17th century Suffolk for the TARDIS travelers – when they find something nasty outside the woodshed.The Entropy Composition by Rick Briggs A lost prog rock symphony is unearthed from the vaults – with catastrophic consequences for the entire cosmos.Doing Time by William Gallagher On the planet Folly, justice catches up with criminal mastermind The Doctor – but can he endure a year in the jug?Special Features by John Dorney At last, the cult 1970s horror anthology Doctor Demonic's Tales of Terror is set for release on DVD, complete with a commentary from director Martin Ashcroft, leading actors Sir Jack Merrivale and Johanna Bourke, plus the film's historical adviser – the mysterious 'Dr John Smith'!...
|Title||:||Doctor Who: The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories|
|Format Type||:||Audio CD|
|Number of Pages||:||194 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Doctor Who: The Demons of Red Lodge and Other Stories Reviews
Collection of half decent short stories..... 4/10
An anthology of four 30-minute stories featuring the Fifth Doctor.The Demons of Red Lodge - The title piece starts out as something vaguely akin to The Blair Witch, before morphing into Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Much of the story is quite creepy, but, unusually for one of Big Finish's 30-minute stories, it would probably have benefited from being longer, allowing a more gradual build-up of the tension, and a more delayed reveal of the monster. But it is quite clever, and works well, even if it is over rather too quickly. 3.5 stars.The Entropy Composition - The Doctor comes across a prog rock composition which is so bad that playing it will threaten the very fabric of the universe. Fortunately, the story is both much better, and more serious, than that one-line description implies, seamlessly moving from a music library in the far future to a recording studio in the '60s and back again. Big Finish has played with sound-based monsters before, but even so, it's an effective idea on audio, and is successful here. There's also a good performance from Joanna Munro as the housekeeper. An easy 4 stars.Doing Time - a prison story that starts out as a blunt pastiche of BBC sitcom Porridge, but soon (perhaps fortunately) seems to forget that idea. It all feels very contrived, and it's hard to find the setting, or the plot, believable. With the comedy elements falling flat, in my opinion, it's the weakest story of the four, and a straight 3 stars.Special Features - the last story comprises the DVD commentary to one of those '70s horror anthology films in the vein of Tales from the Crypt, and one that has a supposed curse associated with its production. The explanation as to what is going on is slowly built up as the commentary proceeds, before hitting a rather large chunk of exposition from the Doctor towards the end; it's one of those nice uses of the audio format that wouldn't work nearly so well in any other medium. The mockery of DVD commentaries in general is great fun, and the central mystery is also intriguing, so it's another 4 stars.Which overall is an average of 3.63 stars, narrowly scraping a 4.
I always enjoy Big Finish's releases containing four 30 minute stories - the short format offers opportunities for little side-trips into the Whoniverse, often giving the opportunity for humorous stories or character pieces that wouldn't stretch to a full 2-disc story treatment. While I don't think this one is as good as 45 or Company of Friends, it's quite enjoyable. "The Demons of Red Lodge" has a wonderfully creepy opening, with the Doctor and Nyssa waking up somewhere with no memory of how they got there. It heads into more conventional territory pretty soon after that, but has a nice twist at the end. "The Entropy Composition" by Rick Briggs was the winner of a Big Finish script pitch contest. While it's certainly a worthy winner, I can't help but be slightly disappointed by a story which revolves around a lost prog rock symphony in which we don't hear any actual prog rock. (Some might find that a relief, but after Horror of Glam Rock set a bar which I think all future music-related BF audios have to clear: if a script involves music, we need to hear the music, in all its glory.) The scene where Nyssa is mistaken for a groupie is, however, priceless. In "Doing Time" the Doctor has shown up on an alien planet with warnings about an impending disaster, and gotten thrown in prison for his pains. My favorite part was the running gag involving Nyssa repeatedly trying and failing to get arrested in order to join him. "Special Features" takes place at a DVD commentary recording. It gets some fun out of spoofing cult movie/TV commentaries, and then strange stuff starts happening.
This month's main sequence Big Finish release, a set of four Fifth Doctor / Nyssa single-episode stories, each of which is independent (the last has very vague links to the first). They are all basically good single-shot tales, the second ("The Entropy Composition" by Rick Briggs) having been pulled from hundreds of submissions to an open request frm Big Finish;' the standout is certainly the fourth, "Special Features" by John Dorney, which is set in a recording booth where the Doctor and other former cast members are recording a DVD commentary for a 1970s horror film, which will certainly appeal to those of us who love the DVD commentary tracks for, oh, any other 1970s shows.
A mixed bag. Loved the 1st and 3rd stories, the last one had some amusing lines, the 2nd one was my least favourite.Doing Time (3rd one) was especially well developed - if that one was released on its own I'd give it 5/5.
4 horror adventures.
Collection of shorties. Always fun. Especially the dvd commentary one.
Ahhhh I do enjoy audio books! Especially Doctor Who ones :-DSoooo fun! Though a little scary before bed ;-)