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Doctor Who: The Reaping (Big Finish Doctor Who Audio Dramas #86)

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NOT A BOOK. NOT AN AUDIOBOOK. This is a full-cast audio play produced by Big Finish Productions.

On the morning of 9 May 1984, Peri woke up. She was expecting to spend the day relaxing in Lanzarote and, that evening, leave her mother and stepfather to go travelling with some guys she'd only just met.

But things don't always go as expected as her friends and family discover
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Published September 1st 2006 by Big Finish Productions Ltd
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Christopher Buchanan
Complete. Friggin'. Train wreck.

Okay, I'll say the only good thing I can about this story up front. It was well acted by all involved, especially Baker and Bryant. No blame goes to the actors on this.

The story however...Woof. A Cyberman, one of the last after aeons of wars, just happens to find a Tardis laying around, as you do, and flies it back in time to set an extremely convoluted Rube Goldberg style trap to snare the Doctor into restarting the Cyber Race. And why the Doctor in particular?
Jamie Revell
Jan 29, 2015 Jamie Revell rated it really liked it
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Another reasonably good offering in the 6th Doctor range, this takes the time to explore the impact of Peri's disappearance in Planet of Fire on those she left behind. That's perhaps more interesting than the actual cyberman plot that's behind it all, but that's functional enough, too, and has a nice resolution to it. The beginning is perhaps, a bit strange, but makes more sense once you've also listened to The Gathering, which was published together with this.
Nicholas Whyte
I found the script and plot of The Reaping almost offensively bad. It is saved by the cast, particularly Nicola Bryant, who is given some of the worst material of her Who career to work with (and that's saying something) and mostly pulls it off. The story is that Peri discovers that her best friend's father (who is mysteriously only 40) was murdered a few months after she started travelling with the Doctor. They return to Baltimore to investigate, but it is all an absurdly complex plot by the dy ...more
Mar 13, 2015 Ritchie rated it liked it
Six and Peri go to Baltimore 1984 to attend the funeral of a friend of Peri's family. Uh oh, 6 8 6 9... Cybermen!
Scott Haworth
Oh dear. This started off so well. I was going to give this four stars after listening to the first episode. Then I listened to the second one. I'm afraid it didn't live up to its potential.

I'm betting some of the plot threads left hanging in this audio will be resolved in the next one, but I wish someone had warned me about that before I bought this. Far too much is unresolved here for me to be comfortable with how this ends. And what does end doesn't end well.
Debra Cook
Jan 21, 2016 Debra Cook rated it it was amazing
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I loved this story. The Doctor and Peri go back to her hometown of Baltimore Md in 1984 so Peri can attend the funeral of a friend's father. While there they find out the Cybermen are trying to take over the planet. This would have been fantastic to see on screen. The shock was to hear Claudia Christian from B-5 doing one of the voices. It was great. The old music and familiar story and voices. Great.
Oct 11, 2013 Mel rated it really liked it
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Another Peri story I liked! I thought this was really good, it had family drama and almost incidently cybermen. Claudia Christian was lovely as Peri's mom. It was great to watch how much their relationship developed just over the space of the audio. I also liked the way Mondas was used at the end.
Jul 28, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it
I actually quite enjoyed this, the entire Cybermen plot seemed kind of convoluted but listening to this is not a bad way to pass the time at all. I am a huge fan of Six and Peri, so that might influence my enjoyment, but overall I was happy with it.
Aug 30, 2014 Steven rated it it was ok
Peri and the Sixth Doctor travel to Baltimore, 1984, four months after Peri left her stepfather and mother in Lanzarote. As she tries to explain to her mother where she has been, the Doctor discovers an old enemy has laid a trap for him…
Nov 13, 2012 ani rated it really liked it
Funny, touching, varied and gripping - really enjoyed it.
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Joseph Lidster is an English television writer best known for his work on the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.

His debut work was the audio play The Rapture for Big Finish Productions in 2002. Numerous further audio plays and prose short stories followed for Big Finish, for their Doctor Who line, spin-offs and other series (Sapphire & Steel and The Tomorrow Pe
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