The Time Vampire, CD-Audio
4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd
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  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9781844354665



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"The Time Vampire" is just gorgeous, and so pleasantly dense - I can tell I'm going to have to listen to it several times, and that's absolutely fine by me. There's a real solidity of ideas and...perhaps undiluted writer's intent? this script that reminds me of the finest avant-garde "Doctor Who" like "Warrior's Gate" and "Ghost Light." I love to see "Who" take steps in new directions so this was very exciting for me. Add to that the finale to a really scrumptious trilogy, and you couldn't have a better pairing of raised expectations with expectations met.As the last in a trilogy, "Time Vampire" has a lot to live up to. The stories of "The Catalyst" and "Empathy Games" were more concise and direct, but this finale is a solid, emotional experience all the way through. It doesn't really matter that the story becomes so convoluted at points. I get that intrinsic feeling that all the puzzle pieces are there, if I just bother to go and look for them (and I was never truly "confused," I just had to make some little leaps of faith here and there as I listened). Add to that Louise Jameson's typically lovely reading and the release just provided everything I was looking for. I can actually say, driving down the highway and listening to the CD as the sun started to go down, that I started to cry as it kicked in to that final emotional climax. That...pretty much never happens.Perhaps the best piece of praise I can offer is this: I adore Louise Jameson as an actress, and as a reader, but if "The Time Vampire" is the last we hear from Leela - well, I won't be at all disappointed. This is the bow-out she really deserves.

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