Doctor Who: House of Blue Fire (Big Finish Audio Drama, #152)
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Doctor Who: House of Blue Fire (Big Finish Doctor Who Audio Dramas #152)

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aquaphobia n. An abnormal fear of water, or drowning.

blattodephobia n. The morbid fear of cockroaches.

catoptrophobia n. Fear of mirrors, or seeing one’s own reflection.

There’s a whole ABC of horrors at Bluefire House – as four young people, drawn together to this tumbledown hotel at the edge of nowhere, are about to discover. But whatever the ancient and foul thing that ha...more
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Published September 30th 2011 by Big Finish Productions (first published September 2011)
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For its first half, this is utterly gripping, tense, creepy and mysterious; as good as Doctor Who gets and basically excellent drama. If it had been able to keep up this level of compelling greatness, I would have given this at least four, maybe even five stars. Keep in mind that I love a well executed horror story, and the first half of House of Blue Fire (what an excellent, intriguing title, too) is a classic horror setup. A bunch of people find themselves in a labyrinthine, disquieting old ho...more
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a slightly different take on virtual reality; five guest stars (led effectively by Timothy West and Amy Pemberton) play the puzzled inhabitants of an abandoned hotel; the Doctor takes ages to show up and the plot then twists rather impressively at the end of episode two. Unusually, Sylvester McCoy is not on his top form, resorting to acting by Yelling Hoarsely In Terror several times, but the rest are good.
An intriguing outing for the Seventh Doctor that once again starts out as one type of story but shifts partway through to become quite another. Surprisingly though the new television series also recently touched on the idea of a large house full of characters' fears, this story feels completely fresh and actually contains some interesting ideas that play out in unexpected ways.

Sylvester McCoy's performance is fine here, once again called on to function without an established companion. He intera...more
The Seventh Doctor isn't my favourite audio Doctor (and I do find Sylvester McCoy's vocal mannerisms rather grating at times), but there's no denying he's had some terrific stories, and this is one of them. My only complaint is that the second half didn't live up to the promise of the first, but then, I suppose that's bound to be the case when the first part of the story is devoted to ratcheting up the suspense and the second part has to explain it all and work everything out.
But House of Blue F...more
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Mark Morris became a full-time writer in 1988 on the Enterprise Allowance Scheme, and a year later saw the release of his first novel, Toady. He has since published a further sixteen novels, among which are Stitch, The Immaculate, The Secret of Anatomy, Fiddleback, The Deluge and four books in the popular Doctor Who range.

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