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3.4 - The Evil One

The TARDIS lands in the cargo hold of luxury space cruiser the Moray Rose. The crew and passengers are missing. The agents of Inter-Galaxy Insurance are determined to find out whatÂ’s happened and the shadowy Interplanetary Police Inspector Efendi is showing a very particular interest.

Caught up in all this, the Doctor and Leela find themselves facing a horde of metal mantis-like al... (more)

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Review By tcexect 3/31/14 5:39 pm
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This is a tight and textured story in two episodes that doesn't miss a beat. The central hook of what makes it work would be a spoiler to elaborate upon, as it's revealed midway into proceedings (although I daresay the cover gives it away a bit). But what I can say is that instead of retreading old ground, Dorney provides a new and intriguing approach to this existing concept, one that has an impressive emotional payoff towards the end by way of a devious twist. It's a story that seemingly has some points to make, a standalone piece of art, rather than a sheer romp. Very satisfying.

The portrayal of the Crooked Man himself is insanely creepy and makes this one of the darker audios, ratcheting up the tension and eventually preying on some really human fears...
Review By RyanOM1991 3/8/14 7:22 am
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Nostalgia with some inventive ideas thrown in.

Tom Baker's return was always going to have hopes high, so it's inevitable that some aspects will disappoint. Tom Baker may not be the Fourth Doctor we recognise from the series, but this is a good starting point and he'll start to ease back into the role as the series goes on.

Louise Jameson is more steely here than she was in the series, and it's a welcome improvement.

The story itself doesn't have one clear narrative. An early segment in Victorian England serves as decent exposition before the plot shifts to the newly bout Nerva station where a traditional tale ensues.

Basically, Destination Nerva takes aspects of much-loved Baker serials (The Ark in Space, The Seeds of Doom, The Talons Weng-Chiang). It feels muddled - as a story in its own right it's not great, but as a love letter to the Tom Baker era of the Seventies it works well.

There are quintessential Hinchcliffe touches with horrific alien transformations, possession and a base-under-siege type storyline. However, Nicholas Briggs brings his own twist - a novel concept that gives the story a much-needed spark.

Overall, this is successful as an enjoyable homage to the Tom Baker era, but as a story it is merely entertaining. If you're looking for innovation, don't look here. If you're looking for nostalgia, then this is a good listen.
Review By RyanOM1991 2/24/14 1:19 pm
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A really solid adventure. Arguably the best of the Fourth Doctor Adventures so far.

The story grabs you right from the start. Tom Baker is gradually becoming more alike to the Fourth Doctor of the classic series but still isn't quite there yet. Louise Jameson plays her role brilliantly as always.

The Sontarans have been something of a comedic cliche of late, but this fixes that. Strang is probably the most ruthless and sadistic Sontaran depicted in a story and makes a fantastic villain. David Collings gives a reliably earnest and charismatic performance as a conflicted scientist.

A good fast-paced dramatic adventure with an interesting ending.
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