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Reviewed By: JavierSeventhFan on 5/24/15 6:55 am
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This is the second story in the Locum Doctors trilogy and according to what they say in some scenes it takes place between the TV stories The Space Pirates and The War Games; plus we get a lot of mentions and references of this episodes and others such as The Wheel in Space or The Invasion. First of all, id like to adress the fact that this (at least to me) did feel like a story of the Troughton Space Hobo era.

Ok; so Part 1 was really interesting, because of the mistery of the gigantic Cyberhead but mainly because of second Doctor swap of the trilogy we have between Six and Two. And let me tell you; the chemistry between Colin and Frazer (not just part 1, but the whole audio) is both tremendous and provides some hilarious scenes and dialogue. The -you are not my Doctor- deal is much more fun between 6 and Jamie than 7th and Jo IMO; with Wendy Padburys performance as the genius and sweet astrophysicist Zoe Heriot, being another highlight of the CD.

Now we get to parts 2 and 3 and this is where i have a bit of a problem with because it seemed exactly like Alan Barnes was redoing Toomb of the Cybermen all over again: we got Cybermats and Cybermen popping all over the place, a human crew investigating a Cybermen related location with gates opened by Logic equations and baddie Logician human who wants to take control over the Cybermen in order to achive his own goals to make the Earth and the human race more...well,logic. Maybe this was his way to pay a small tribute to the Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis epic story; but it just felt less original to me...Anyway, theres more great character interaction here because of a very effective supporting cast (gotta admit, at that time i felt sad for Captain Frank and Lanky s fate) and more importantly we finally know were The Doctor got those sick martial art skills that 3 like to pull off so often: Venusian Karate, ladies and gentleman!

Finally, Part 4 was for sure the best thing in the entire audio for me, when we get a very paradoxy timey wimey resolution that made a perfect full circle for the entire story, related to the final day of the CyberWar in Telos and giving some smarts twists regarding the secondary characters in the present day. Actually, after listening to it, the hour and a half behind it made a hell of a lot more sense. And once again, the translocated Doctor leaves and his former companions do not remember him being there on the first place. But the events of his timeline sure have changed...

Maybe cause of that part in the middle at first i would have rated this equally as i did with The Defectors; but, without it being the greatest thing since slice bread, however i would put this ending above the last one; so ill give it a little bit more value. It is still a lot of fun once again from the characters side. And i guess that we´ll see next month what is the explanation and who is behind all of this Misplaced Doctors bussiness. Personally, i cannot wait for June to find out!
Reviewed By: JavierSeventhFan on 5/24/15 6:13 am
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First of all i must say i like Alan Barnes (Main Range Script Editor) Doctor mistery swap idea and i cannot wait to get the next two (199 and 200) to find out about what the hell is going on in the Doctors timeline. With that said...

I loved the first two parts with that sort of Island of Mistery idea and weird things happening. Actually my favourite all time book its And then there were none; by Agatha Christie and i also loved the Shutter Island movie. You can sense at atmosphere filled with questions on the first hour.

As far as the final 2 go; well it was a pretty good resolution...nothing epic. Just the typical stranded spaceship story with the human race can be very cruel touch. However, i did enjoyed the whole TARDIS vs Alien Race dilemma at the end with the ultimate decision that Jo made. Probably the best thing of the story was the acting and the character interactions(even though Richard Franklin plays only a small role with a few scenes), like 7th and Jo or Jo and Shedgerton.

In terms of the trilogy arc; they do not explain practically nothing about the 7th doctor being there; they only drop that he might be there to change something he once did in a different way. I heard some complains and reviews before, about it not being a 3rd Doctor era story, but a 7th era one with Jo Grant. If i take under consideration the whole military enviroment for the whole 2 hours, ill have to disagree. Maybe it is because of the slower pace with him not shooting weapons or doing judo keys and roundhouse kicks with tons of explosions. I do not know; everyone is entitled to an opinnion.

Overall, solid,fun and entertaining audio: 7/10 (It still made me miss my dear Brigadier...)
Reviewed By: adamelijah on 5/23/15 3:43 pm
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The story reaches its conclusion as the Doctor arrives at the planet which as the core of the Daleks' plan, which is supported by a former Time Lord.

This is a solid and satisfying to what's been an enjoyable series. This story introduces Nadeyan who serves to further the overall examination of hope in the story. The overall plot and maneuvering is quite clever, and it's a well-written twist end.

Molly's departure at the end was reminiscent of Mary Shelley's in, "Army of Death" though this felt more natural.

If I had one complaint about this chapter and the particular story is that throughout the first Dark Eyes story, the Doctor has been little more than a pawn in a game between the Dalek Time Controller and the Time Lords with little actual influence.

Still, what makes Dark Eyes work is that it's a great character piece. It has fantastic sound design, and so many great moments that it's a solid production with many great moments for the Eighth Doctor.

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Reviewed By: newt5996 on 5/23/15 8:28 am
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So this story is often quoted as the worst story of all time for Doctor Who. That would mean that it had potential to begin with. No this story, while not the worst story of all time, is a really bad one that is one of the main reasons that the show was cancelled in 1989.

Let's get the good stuff out of the way first. Colin Baker is trying his hardest to impress and it does show that he has great potential. Nicola Bryant's Peri is played smartly although the script would have you believe otherwise, and she has good enough chemistry with Baker when it is allowed to show. Also Maurice Denham's Azmael is bearable although forgettable.

Everything else about this story is bad to boot. The script makes the new Doctor to be a coward and a psychopath. I mean everyone knows about him trying to strangle Peri to death, which comes out of nowhere with very little foreshadowing. Also it adds nothing to the plot and only bad things to the character of the Doctor. Seriously it could be taken out of the story and nothing would change for the worse. The storyline of a kidnapping makes the characters of Romulus and Remus, who are said to be genius, idiots by falling for some of the easiest tricks to get them kidnapped. It also doesn't help that the actors playing the twins can't act and have a really distracting speech impediment. Also the direction by Peter Moffat is terrible to look at. Moffat has no idea on how to frame a shot to keep the audience invested and it is a wonder that John Nathan-Turner kept hiring him. John Nathan-Turner did however make a good choice in choosing Malcolm Clarke to compose the music. Sadly, Clarke's score was not a good one and makes the story even harder to watch.

Now don't get the impression that I don't like Colin Baker, because I do and I'd recommend either listening to his audios or the TV stories I recommended below.
Reviewed By: kiwifluffy on 5/22/15 7:45 pm
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Up to this point I had never really warmed to Alex Macqueen's master, he was good and his storyline in The Death of Hope proved intriguing, but he still wasn't really the Master I love to hate. In this release, he was. The dual storyline of the Doctor/Master showdown and the Sally/Liv/Schriver event worked incredibly well. Overall I think this was the best story in Dark Eyes 3.
Reviewed By: adamelijah on 5/22/15 7:43 pm
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This story marks the return of the Terra Hawks. It's been 30 months since Zelda has attacked and in a strangely unreal twist, some budget hawks want to cut funding for an agency that's not doing anything. Can the Terra Hawks save their budget and will Zelda's decision to finally hatch a new plan give them new life or end their funding forever.

A nice fun re-intro to the Terra Hawks that does a good job establishing the characters and situations even for those who weren't fans of the original series. It has a really nice Saturday morning feel.
Reviewed By: kiwifluffy on 5/22/15 7:40 pm
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This has the odd situation of the Master saving people while the Doctor sits back and watches. It was an interesting idea, and the Master saving people bit worked surprisingly well, but the Doctor watching didn't. As a Gallifrey fan coming into this I was excited about the promise of Sean Carlsen as Narvin, but his character was underused. Overall the scenes with the Master, Sally and Molly were wonderful but the Doctor and Narvin watching got quite tiresome.
Reviewed By: kiwifluffy on 5/22/15 7:24 pm
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After series 4, Gallifrey returns to being a political drama, but this time set on the world of the previous release. While the story is strong, it does occasionally seem as if the ideas are being reused from earlier stories, and the concept of Gallifrey without time travel still seems a bit off.

By this stage in the series, Narvin's character has changed completely and the strongest parts in this series are probably the character-driven sections, and the shifting interactions between the leads.