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Entertaining but not the origin story that was hoped for.
Don't get me wrong - Destroy the Infinite is a decent story. Its entertaining, fast-paced and action-packed. But that tends not to work in its favour.
The Eminence have been a growing threat for the Doctor - probably the best original villain in years - so their origin story would have to match that. Despite some early scenes showing promise, the story doesn't seem as reflective as it should. The menace of the Eminence and the consequences of their existence just aren't fully explored.
Instead, we get a Star Wars-esque adventure in space, with the Doctor trying to take down the Infinite - the Eminence's colossal spacecraft - from within. We are encouraged to believe that the Doctor is possessed. Unfortunately, his performance really doesn't convince, unlike Colin Baker's in The Seeds of War.
There also doesn't seem to be much point in having the Doctor possessed as there is no real denouement. The Sixth Doctor portrayed it as being one of the darkest and most traumatic events of his lives. Here, the Doctor isn't even fully possessed. He doesn't even do anything traumatic. He just stands on the Infinite and gives orders. There was so much potential for the Doctor to do something that would have real consequences, but it just gets left in the gutter.
Most of the performances are average, apart from a couple of cast members (Louise Jameson and the unfortunate warrior possessed by the Eminence at the beginning of the story.) They're all caricatures of World War 2 characters, which doesn't work in a story that should explore the darkness and gravity of the rise of the Eminence. More down to the writing than the acting, most likely.
Fluffy and entertaining. Quite a letdown. Good enough, but a victim of severe overhyping,
Review By komodo
8/26/14 10:11 pm
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John Dorney has taken the sontarans out of their cliche filled clone armour packets and come up with a new story involving sontarans. It is inovative as it takes the two main sontarans and gives them different backgrounds and stories to what we usually see. This makes them unpredictable and therefore more dangerous.
Introducing Leela to sontarans before the invasion of time is also a risky thing, but Dorney has pulled it off well.
The acting is great. Tom is really playing his part well and is once again the most enjoyable of Doctors.
This is a good listen and fun which is all you can really ask for.
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The Dr is trying to educate Leela, about time and space, when some cockroaches start to crawl across the TARDIS floor. At the same time they venture to the point of stillness. However somewhere on the TARDIS Marianna is trying to paint. but nothing seems to come out as she planned.
As the episode starts to move along, we see some strange visitors appear in the TARDIS. Dreams and thoughts start to intertwine and become real or are they. There is a statement in the peace that I like âtexture of madnessâ and that is the best way to describe this almost trippy and hypnotic encounter with the Drâs life. Leela also is drawn into a maelstorm mind bending reality. We soon find out that the Dr, as stolen the TARDIS, and that his past as come to haunt him and wants some answers, and potentially, she wants her TARDIS back.