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189. Revenge of the Swarm

The Doctor thought he had defeated the microscopic Nucleus of the Swarm in his fourth incarnation. He was wrong. It survived within the TARDIS, and now it has brought it back to Titan Base, back to the point of its own creation. It has a plan that spans centuries, a plan which will result in the Nucleus becoming more powerful – and larger – than ever before.

To defeat it, the Doct... (more)

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Review By komodo 9/1/14 6:54 pm
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Its no masterpiece, but it is still good. In many ways this is the kind of story that the fifth doctor would have been involved in and it does fit the standard story structure of Doctor Who with characters that are typical of the series at the time; it simply isn't gripping, that is all.

The Doctor and Nyssa visit Edwardian England. While most incarnations of the doctor spend most of their time in Victorian or Elizabethan times, the fifth doctor has had quite a few visits to Edwardian times. He must just like the civility. Even Nyssa seems to be gettingsick of it though.

They arrive in an odd situation, investigate and find another more threatening situation that requires their aid. As I said, typical of the era.

Amongst the supporting cast is a "great white hunter" with a "native American sidekick" and a small group of cliched Edwardian socialites. Its like a cross between a pulp fiction novel and an epiose of Downton Abbey. Into this mix we learn of the Moonflesh which is an alien entity in the form of a meteorite impersonating a deity from the native American's past. The resulting situation is one the locals are illequipped for, but the Doctor has the experience to deal with.

There is nothing big, exciting or hugely original, but as a WYSIWYG story, you do indeed get what you expect and there is nothing wrong with that.
Review By kfb2014 8/29/14 5:37 am
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The Tardis is drawn to the Axis, this is where all the timelines that the timelords mess up are kept. The Dr tells his companions Peri and Erimem to stay put in the TARDIS whilst he goes off to see the Overseer, the main person in charge of the Axis. However on his way to the Overseer he meets what he thinks is a court jester who leads him to what he belives to be the overseer. Meanwhile Peri and Erimem save man call Tog from a fire breathing dragon. Peri and Tog then set off in search of the Dr, leaving Erimem in the TARDIS. The Dr finally getting to the Overseer arrives there too late, only to witness his death, and realising that Jester is not all he seems. The Doctor then realises that he has escaped the twisted timelines of the Axis, Tog tells the Dr that he has bought here by a rip in the space-time, and that the Jester is after the TARDIS for himself.

The story rolls along nicely, this was bread and butter Dr Who, and was very much in the seam of the TV style DR sotries that we saw Peter play for the BBC. The acting was good, and you get sucked into the story failry quickly which is the truth of a good dramatist or author. I did enjoy this and if you are a fan of Gallifrey then there is a story tie in within Series 4 against this story.

Good solid Big Finish release
Review By kfb2014 8/29/14 1:14 am
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McGann and Fisher once again show us something that could equally be a stage or filmed performance, this could be transplanted as a stand alone peace of drama, it would not necessarily be a Dr Who. That said the bizarre almost non reality that this is simply put odd. This is the sort of drama you would listen to and re-listen to, to make sure that you are hearing what you are actually hearing. As a audio drama it is grotesque in it's absence of reality, themes based around the underlying emotional states of the Dr and Charlie, and the exploration of morality, love, death and desire. This is not as I see it a Science Fiction drama, as peace of audio art. You need to listen to this to make your own mind up
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