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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/26/16 11:01 pm
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In the middle of the third Doctor's exile, the Meddling Monk shows up to give the Doctor an opportunity to escape. The story gives Rufus Hound an opportunity to reprise his role from the Black Hole and he's a delight as he really takes the opportunity to camp up the performance. The plot has a good sense of mystery, as we wonder whether the Doctor or the Monk is behind the mystery. Thn ee ending is a bit of an anti-climax and is a bit hard to follow. Still, Hound's installment makes entertaining overall.

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 8/25/16 7:57 am
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I was reading the In-Vision for this recently and the technical explanation for the chromakey being blurry and patchy was interesting, to me at least. 2" VT had an industry limit of 5 generations and the amount of layering for an individual scene could be as many as 14 generations. A nice reflection of the state the Minyans found themselves in with their genetic fatigue. The technical audacity for such a large amount of CSO on an unprecedented scale should not go without recognition. Unfortunately, having financial limitations drive production decisions on such a scale means that this is as interesting as an accountant's spreadsheet.

Several interesting ideas just get dropped. The unnecessary insertion of Time Lord references and technology and the pacifier device, for instance. The effect the latter has on Leela is interesting. Is her sulky attitude a hangover of the effects wearing off or does she genuinely feel she has been made to look a bit of a fool? The two characters with robotic heads have always confused me. I thought because this was so deathly dull that I had simply had a lapse of concentration every time I have ever watched this! Still wouldn't be surprised if that was the case.

The characters are cardboard cut-outs (which puts them on a level just above the CSO caves, in my opinion). The characterisation is awful and it's badly written. I have never been a fan of Bob and Dave's style but this is unusually lacklustre somehow. The flat packed characters leave no real room for a psychoanalytical analysis. I mean, Herrick clearly represents the ID, Jackson the Ego and Orfe the superego, but so what? They just don't do anything. I suppose it does espouse Marxist ideals in a way. Proles rising up against their oppressors, or something....

No - I am sorry - try as hard as I can to see the bright side this is terrible on every level. The CSO limited the visual palette the could be used removing bright colours and shades of colours. But the costumes are awful anyway as the headgear reduces people to disembodied voices. The mad computer is another example of this and it deprives the viewer of a certain connection to the onscreen events.

I'll stop now... but I could go on...and on....

Actually, there was one positive thing I meant to say but completely forgot. I do like the switcharoo resolution. It shows the Doctor using his guile to outwit his opponents in a really cheeky way. Especially when he tries to tell them they are in fact the grenades just as they take them off him thinking that they are the race banks. But apart from that this is mostly awful. Apart from the spaceship sets. I like them too, of course.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/24/16 9:32 pm
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Most of the second part is slower paced as we get some solid character development. While Holmes remains sharp, his being out of step with the time is shown in a few places, including where he thinks he's found a key clue but he has a far harder job of it because the city's been built up substantially from when he remembers. At the same time, we get to know Colonel Stoddart and the debate Holmes and Stoddard over fighting fanatical evil is very well-done as well as timeless. Doctor Watson's strained relationship with his third wife adds a wrinkle to his character, and she's a sympathetic character because of the trouble she has in being compared to his earlier wives.

At the same time, the plot moves ahead with suspense being built throughout the episode with many hints of what lies ahead. The story isn't without faults. Even within the limits of Victorian melodrama, Rackem's speech was a tad much. Still, besides that, the story has a lot to commend it including another fantastic cliffhanger.
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Reviewed By: TCar96Review Date: 8/24/16 2:26 pm
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Really great stuff, proving why we love Big Finish - for taking the show we love and exploring aspects through entirely different lenses.

Judoon in chains could've easily devolved into the predictable Vogon pantomime or Victorian elephant man retelling, already tackled in the main range's Other Lives. Instead we're treated to that rarest of beasts in Doctor Who: a court room drama - that works!

Acting as a rough framing mechanism, we're treated to Victoriania, court room back and forth as well as a rather typical space opera. All elements coalesce around Captain Khyber, a Judoon (forgive the expression) humanised with some heart warming dialogue and cracking character moments that'll genuinely tug the heart strings.

Falling short of a ten, as alluded to this is a bizarre story with quite a lot going on. Whilst it manages to function perfectly well, the ideas tackled and varied locales could've really done with more than one hour, regardless this is funny, warm-hearted and willing to take risks to throw the listener off expected track.

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