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NOT A BOOK. NOT AN AUDIO BOOK. This is a full-cast original audio play produced by Big Finish Productions.Edinburgh, 1827.The infamous body snatchers William Burke and William Hare are at large. The local prostitutes dull their fear with cheap whisky. The graveyard owls are hooting. Business is good.When accidental tourists the Doctor and Evelyn Smythe stumble upon one ofNOT A BOOK. NOT AN AUDIO BOOK. This is a full-cast original audio play produced by Big Finish Productions.Edinburgh, 1827.The infamous body snatchers William Burke and William Hare are at large. The local prostitutes dull their fear with cheap whisky. The graveyard owls are hooting. Business is good.When accidental tourists the Doctor and Evelyn Smythe stumble upon one of Britain's most lurid, illuminating chapters in history, a simple case of interest in the work of dedicated man of science Doctor Robert Knox, quickly turns sour.Just what is that time bending Scots mist? What ever it is may put the very fabric of the universe under threat.As always....

Title : Doctor Who: Medicinal Purposes
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ISBN : 9781844350988
Format Type : Audio Play
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Doctor Who: Medicinal Purposes Reviews

  • A Bald Mage** Steve
    2019-02-09 18:22

    Enjoyed this one.... I like the era its set in any way s o that helped and you cant beat great actors doing a great job....... 8/10

  • Steven
    2019-02-04 15:07

    ...wow, was this ever a throwback to the worst of Six from the TV series.

  • Michael Holloway
    2019-01-27 17:07

    This is one Doctor Who audio drama to avoid.The plot follows the Sixth Doctor and his companion Evelyn as they encounter Burke and Hare, the infamous Edinburgh body snatchers. While on the face of it this sounds like a good setting for Doctor Who, it just serves to disappoint about how much of a missed opportunity this is.The only thing I found to like about this adventure was the character of Daft Jamie, played by future Tenth Doctor actor David Tennant. His character manages to be both heart-breaking and uplifting in equal measure, due mostly to Tennant's performance.The problems are many-fold. The Doctor, far from regretting the loss of life, declares outright at the start that the deaths of Burke and Hare's victims are "acceptable" because they help further medical science. The plot is mainly told through a series of long speeches or conversations, with the only action scene having no build-up and being over so quickly that it was just a confusing interlude. For the first three episodes the characters don't even stray much further than two settings, occasionally changing who goes where. Characters heed or ignore the Doctor's advice based only on story requirements, not true motivations. Evelyn (usually the best thing about Big Finish audios) comes across as a naive idiot, cracking unfunny out-of-character jokes and failing to stand up to the Doctor when the says the most breathtakingly unethical things (compare this to how combative and witty she is in Doctor Who: The Marian Conspiracy). The villain seems to exist only to generate the setting, talking to himself half the time, and his background ((view spoiler)[human with a stolen TARDIS (hide spoiler)]) goes frustratingly unexplored, instead focusing on a bizarre (view spoiler)[time-loop-exhibition-come-medical-research (hide spoiler)] setup that doesn't make sense in any iteration.And worst of all? It's over-long and it drags. And for an audio drama, that's unforgivable.

  • Mel
    2019-01-25 17:06

    "Um how did the writer of this audio forget that Evelyn is A PROFESSOR IN BRITISH HISTORY!!! How does she not get what's happening??? This is the worst I've seen her written so far. Terribly disappointing!"And then the villan in 1827 makes a reference to a book that's not released for over 50 years. Which at least was a plot point, but one the professor of history should have picked up on!I'm afraid this really is the worst of the adventures for Sixie and Evelyn I've heard so far. It's really disappointing when they have a historical go so badly wrong. The bloodthirstyness of the Doctor and his supporting the murderers seemed totally out of keeping for good old Sixie. Had the author actually listened to their other adventures before they wrote this?

  • Nicholas Whyte
    2019-02-02 18:15

    There was quite a lot to like about Medicinal Purposes - Baker and Stables on top form, joined by David Tennant as "Daft Jamie" and some sympathetic and attractive minor characters - but in the end I felt there were two big flaws with it. One was the means and motivation of the villainous Dr Knox - there seemed to be at least three explanations for what he was really up to, none of which fully made sense, and the story lacked resolution. The other was the Doctor's undisguised admiration for Burke and Hare themselves; again, I felt this totally out of character even for the Sixth Doctor.

  • Angela
    2019-02-20 15:32

    The Doctor and Evelyn visit Edinburgh in 1827, the time of body snatching with Burke and Hare. Someone is playing with events and things aren't playing out as established history would have us believe. Or in other words the one with David Tennant and Leslie Phillips in it. This is a really spooky story, and is genuinely creepy. Theres a feeling of foreboding throughout, and it is helped by some amazing performances. A very good read.

  • Anne Barwell
    2019-02-01 17:16

    I enjoy the historicals and this was very atmospheric. Introduction of a character who they'll meet again. An interesting take on time travel, and loops, and a reminder that sometimes what needs to be done is not the easy way out.

  • Erichyde
    2019-02-10 19:21

    Atmospheric, good cast, interesting plot. Colin Baker was really enjoying himself here and the female cast members were top notch.A little too long and felt padded at times. Otherwise one of the best.

  • Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
    2019-02-07 16:10

    Just awful. Slow, talky, meandering, poorly characterised and ethically compromised. Maudlin, too. It's been a while since this series has really hit one out of the park, but this one is unforgivable.

  • Steven
    2019-02-19 19:35

    Edinburgh, 1827. Body snatchers William Burke and William Hare are on the loose while the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn take an interest in the work of Dr Robert Knox...

  • Christopher Buchanan
    2019-02-08 17:33

    Kinda meh story and Evelyn does seem awfully lost for someone with a PhD in history. Kinda dropped the ball there.

  • Debra Cook
    2019-02-19 15:28

    The Doctor and Evelyn go back in time to stop an insane man with a tardis who wants to ruin the world.