Audio Club: Dust Breeding

It’s time to listen to and discuss Dust Breeding

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I’ve listened to this story twice now.

Still really can’t remember anything from it besidesthe twist with the Master.

I think I liked it

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I was thinking about giving it a 0.5/5 because it ends in Norway. Why always Norway… Sweden exists and is right next to it. Can we also get a mention once in a while :joy:

On a more serious note. I think that this was a fun story. Nothing special but fun. I like 7 and Ace in audio. Feels like they never ended the show. The Master is often fun but this was a pretty mid master story. I often like them more when they are more in full power. I gave it 3.5/5 which is my good but nothing special rating.

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Safe to say, I cannot remember one single thing abiut this story… I rated it a 3 but I think I ought to relisten to give it a more fair judgement bc absolutely nothing is familair about this at all to me

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This release is entirely forgettable after the fact, but enjoyable while listening. It’s nice to hear Bev again before she moves on to the Bernice Summerfield range. Hearing the Master again was a nice surprise, as I didn’t remember them from the last time I listened. It was a nice debut, but it’s a shame it’s in such a forgettable story.

Overall, I give this a 3.5/5 (7/10)

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Mike Tucker is someone I would describe as being a meat and potatoes writer: the kind of person who does more traditionalist Doctor Who adventures, but they’re usually incredibly solid.

This is evident if you’ve listened to stories like ‘The Genocide Machine’ or - my personal favourite of his scripts - ‘The Warehouse’.

Outside of the atrocious Rutan story he penned for the Benny range, ‘Dust Breeding’ is honestly the only time I’ve been left feeling disappointed by this man’s work.

Caroline John and Sophie Aldred both delivered abysmal performances, whilst Geoffrey Beevers was doing all the heavy lifting in a mediocre script.

McCoy delivered a decent performance here, and once more demonstrated that we were robbed of more adventures with him and Louise Faulkner (Bev Tarrant).

It’s just a bit underwhelming, isn’t it?


I actually posted my review of ‘Dust Breeding’ about ten days ago now.

Feel free to check it out, and likes are very much appreciated (I am unashamedly aiming for those reviewer badges :joy: )

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I always thought this one was underrated. Caroline John pulls a really fun performance out of a nothing burger of a character. Seven is characterized as the perfect mix of clown and mastermind. Ace gets the short end of the stick and doesn’t really get tot do anything. I wish Bev was more interesting.

I often wonder what the fan reaction to the big twist in this one was at the time of release because in a Watsonian context it is an obvious twist but a massive twist in a Doylist context at the time.

I really love when BF choose to pull from other mediums of the EU like the inclusion of the Krill from one of the novels by the same writer and I wish they did it slightly more often outside of just the occasional random continuity reference.

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Just started it and omg its about that painter guy. This feels like getting a deep cut franchise reference except the franchise is irl history. And the reference isnt deep cut at all but its cool recognizing the story. I dont have this much im horrid at history okay

Edit: WAIT RIJKSMUSEUM MENTIONED DUTCH MOMENT HELL YEAH

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I can answer this as I was a fan reacting to it at the time.

Big Finish did something very clever with the marketing of this. The headlines were the return of Caroline John to Doctor Who, even if in a different role; the presence of the Krill from Mike Tucker’s novel Storm Harvest and the return of Bev Tarrant.

Oh and isn’t that lovely - there’s a character at the bottom of the cast list being played by Caroline’s husband Geoffrey Beevers. Somebody called Seta. Must have been nice to have him along for the day…

End of episode 2 - WHAT THE ■■■■! HOW DIDN’T I REALISE?!? THEY’VE BEEN CALLING HIM MR SETA FOR THE ENTIRE PLAY BUT HE’S ONLY CREDITED AS SETA IN THE BOOKLET…

MR SETA - MASTER

I can honestly say I hadn’t been as excited by a cliffhanger in BF since the one at the end of part 3 of Phantasmagoria.

It was a very clever bit of misdirection by BF. You have to remember that Beevers hadn’t played the Master since The Keeper of Traken and, unlike nowadays, there was no precedent for jumping back and forth between his incarnations. Maybe someone somewhere did work it out but no one in my group did.

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Man i really wished i didnt click around on tardis guide last week or else i wouldnt have been spoiled by the appearance of you know who.

Still thought it was good. Lots of great moments like when the master reveals himself and starts talking about money to that woman i loved that bit. I really liked the historical aspects mixed in with the science fiction. Thought the dusty atmosphere (Sutekhs dust of death reference???/j) was pulled of well. So quite some good stuff to find here.

It wasn’t boring, and while it’s not necessarily a standout, it had very little faults and did everything nicely imo. So an 8/10

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I like this one. I had a great time listening to it again.
One thing the Doctor can’t deny in this, is that Brax is his brother.

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Dust Breeding, the introduction of the Master to the world of Big Finish (and the superb Beevers Master at that!).

I’m a bit bummed because I had a review written and ready on my Docs, but then I accidentally deleted it before adding it here or to GoodReads, so I have no written review of it now.

But it’s essentially a strong :star:6/10 for me.

Beevers, McCoy and Aldred are all very good. The stuff with the paintings isn’t very interesting. The desert planet setting is nice and brought alive believably through the sound design. This one also features Caroline John in a fun performance. It doesn’t quite hold the tension of the earlier Seven adventures, and the Master’s involvement is slightly underwhelming.

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Just finished it this morning :slightly_smiling_face:

Geoffrey Beevers’ voice is just made for audio!

And I love that this is the Ainley Master degenerated to his Crispy Master form - all the history between the Master and the Doctor throughout the 80s exists in this relationship.

Bev Tarrant felt like she was more of a wholly fleshed out character here, is next we meet her in the Benny audios?

A good story in my mind ending in a “Contact” battle between the Doctor and Mr Seta, that stuff is just made for me :slightly_smiling_face:

I put this one at a 4/5 :star:

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Listened to the first half yesterday. I enjoy this story, it a strong story and an excellent Big Finish debut for The Master. I will say that Geoffrey Beevers is excellent as the Master on audio. I have read the novel Storm Harvest which was also by Mike Tucker and featured the Krill, but it’s been ages so I don’t remember it. I liked the reference to City of Death in Part 1, because how can you have an art-themed story without a reference to City of Death, and I loved how different Caroline John’s character her is from Liz Shaw. The one downside I have is that Ace and Bev sound almost too similar. Plan on listening to the second half today.

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Finished this this morning, and it’s quite enjoyable. I did notice that the cliffhanger reprises were rather long. This is one of the early ones that I wish had behind-the-scenes interviews because I’d love to hear about the return of the Master and what husband-and-wife Beevers and John thought about working together, plus I’d love to have heard how she came up with that amazing accent.

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