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Doctor Who: The Shadow of the Scourge (Big Finish Doctor Who Audio Dramas #13)

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The Pinehill Crest Hotel in Kent is host to three very different events: a cross-stich convention, an experiment in time travel and... the summoning of the scourge.

The Doctor, Bernice and Ace find themselves dealing with a dead body that's come back to life, a mystical symbol that possesses its host, and a threat from another universe that's ready for every trick the Docto
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Published October 1st 2000 by Big Finish Productions
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Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Aug 09, 2013 Jayaprakash Satyamurthy rated it really liked it
Okay, there's a bit too much shmaltz towards the end.

With that out of the way, we have here a wonderfully Machiavellian Doctor, but one who is the good old monster slayer we all love under it all. 'I'm what monsters like you are scared of' indeed!

What a wonderfully original set up, where a time travel demo, a cross-stitch convention and a new age retreat happening in the same hotel add up to a chain of events that enable a fearsome race from another dimension to invade ours.

Lots of action and
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Kelly McCubbin
"Why did they make the carpet of this hotel’s corridors so rough that you can’t haul a body along it? Actually, I think I may just have answered my own question." — Bernice Summerfield.
Finally Paul Cornell, who is the architect of what is most great about the Virgin "New Adventures" Doctor Who novels, gets a turn... and he plunks us right smack into the center of the "Virgin-verse". We get the grim, Machiavellian Seventh Doctor, the angry, post-Dalek Wars Ace and Cornell's companion invention, D
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Angela
Sep 20, 2014 Angela rated it really liked it
The Doctor, Benny and Ace land in a hotel where the Scourge are staging an invasion. This is set in the New Adventures universe after Ace has come back after becoming a professional Dalek killer. It is quite fun, there are 3 conventions at the hotel and those are done really well. It handles the manipulative doctor amazingly, and how his companions are now able to guess what is going on. I remember when the sound effects were done for this story. I'd just left a talk at a con in Manchester, and ...more
Nicholas Whyte
At one point in this story I thought, Hmm, the characters are all trapped in a building in which religious rituals have been taking place and are under siege by creatures from another dimension. I wonder who wrote this? And I was right. Actually it was striking to listen to two consecutive stories featuring dark!Seven taken from opposite ends of his timeline. I enjoyed this one rather more; the story is rather better constructed, the characterisation of the hotel guests caught up in the horrors ...more
Christopher Buchanan
Great story, as one should expect from Paul Cornell. A dark and somewhat cerebral story with a bit of tie in to 'Timewyrm:Revelation' (also by Paul Cornell, of course). The story gets very self-aware at parts, calling out some of the usual tropes of DW stories. As with many of Cornell stories the story is deeply concerned with the human psyche. The 7th Doctor is captured very well as a manipulator and is brilliantly imperfect. As if a good story isn't enough, you've got Benny and Ace. Can't go w ...more
Erichyde
Aug 29, 2014 Erichyde rated it it was amazing
One of the best yet. A fun plot and the 7th Doctor crew was all bringing their top work.
Mel
Sep 09, 2013 Mel rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this. There was something very pleasing about a story that's main point was that demons are just our own self doubt. I really loved the ending where Bernice came through with all the things that she loved. It really just summed up why she is such a brilliant character and why I love her so much. Parts of this seemed a bit slow, perhaps it could have been better as a slightly shorter story but it was still very enjoyable. I'm really liking the dynamic of Ace, Benny and the Doctor ...more
Leilani
Jul 13, 2012 Leilani rated it liked it
I enjoyed the first half of this mostly due to the excellent characterizations - Ace and Benny were perfectly written and played, naturally enough, and it was fun hearing them do their thing. But then the aliens invaded and it became a bunch of yelling and running around, and the Doctor was mysterious and withheld his plan, and bystanders died, and it was all too familiar and ended exactly the way I thought it would.
Matt
Apr 28, 2011 Matt rated it liked it
The plot of this one never really grabbed me (an absolute rarity for anything written by Paul Cornell), but he writes the main characters VERY well, and manages to create interesting bit-players. Despite it never really grabbing me, still worth a listen for great dialogue, and some brilliant performances, especially from Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor. Oh, and they make fun of Radiohead. That's always good.
Sarah
Aug 29, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
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Seventh Doctor, Bernice and Ace find themselves in a hotel along with a cross-stitch convention, a physics conference concerning time-travel, and a spiritualist meet-up. For some reason, all this together creates enough of a gestalt to let creatures of the void through.

McCoy's definitely got plots within plots going on this one though. Excellent story.
Steven
Jul 20, 2015 Steven rated it it was ok
The Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice encounter a sinister force in present day Kent.
David Monroe
A Seven, Ace and Professor Bernice Summerfield Big Finish Audio adventure.
Bronwen
Aug 30, 2009 Bronwen rated it it was ok
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All I can really remember from this is Sylvester growling "the Scourge!" ;)
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Paul Cornell is a British writer of science fiction and fantasy prose, comics and television. He's been Hugo Award-nominated for all three media, and has won the BSFA Award for his short fiction, and the Eagle Award for his comics. He's the writer of Saucer Country for Vertigo, Demon Knights for DC, and has written for the Doctor Who TV series. His new urban fantasy novel is London Falling, out fr ...more
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