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4.4 - The Mega

"This is a warning. Your aggression cannot go unchecked. The West must disarm. We will make you disarm."

When an assassination follows the first demonstration of a deadly new weapon, it appears that an alien race has fired the opening salvo in a new war – a war… for peace.

But is that truly their intent? The Doctor is unsure. The answer lies deep in the heart of a d... (more)

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Review By komodo 8/25/14 3:40 pm
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There is a missed opportunity here and quite a serious one. While the possibility had existed to give us an intelligent drama that considered both sides of a potentially complex debate, what we get is a presentation showing that whalers are unintelligent and cruel pawns of a faceless corporation, while whales simply must be saved, with no reason given. The story feels like left wing propaganda and in that sense it is typical of its time period and would have been a perfect fit for the season it wasn't in.

If you compare this to the Beast Below you get two very different stories. Beast Below looked at the needs of the English people and gave us a reason for harming the whale. It gave us characters who saw what they were doing and accepted the need to do it, no matter how sickening it was.

If you can put the political propoganda aside, what remains of the story is still rather flat with lazy acting and ideas stolen from Moby Dick and pinochio.
Review By komodo 8/12/14 7:43 pm
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This is the story that was replaced by Terror of the Vervoids, meaning it was intended for Mel and should have had the Valeyard adding comentary. It also would have needed a more damning ending.

Instead, we get Peri, a rewritten intro, no Valeyard and a simpler ending that would not see the Doctor being found guilty of anything other than mediocrity. You'd have to seriously tamper with the maxtrix to convict him with this story.

Background aside, this is quite a good story with Doctor and Peri sneaking on board a luxury day-spa/holiday resort that smells more suspicious than the Essendon Football Club. Its dangerous, mysterious and has Peri playing a really good role as she does most of the investigative work.

The voicework is good from the various players; even the minor roles were fun, while the major ones were very well defined.
Review By kfb2014 8/2/14 2:24 am
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Professor Perkins travels to the darkest, distant Amazoian jungle to try and discover the lost city of the Magur’s. However he disappears. Many years later his grandson Edward decides to go in search of the lost city himself and also to see what has happened to his grandfather. Assisted by The Dr, Leela and the American photo journalist Valire Carlton, they set off aboard flight EP400 to Manus, and to the Amazon.
The flight however does not quite go as smooth as everyone would want. Needless to say an emergency landing is executed by the Dr. in to the “second Bermuda” triangle, near to the jungles of Manus. However, a tribe now under the control of a marooned and alien “Goduin” is now there little Yellow God*. Enslaving the locals and also creating a time bubble, he has also got Professor Perkins now working for him. Utilising alien technology he guards his little kingdom with artificially enlarged jungle animals, like man eating frogs. The arrival and survival of the Dr, and the ensemble give Goduin the belief that now is time for the final push for himself and his Lunon Race.
What we have here is a very high quality Dr Adventure, set in the 70’s with UNIT even making an appearance towards the end. It has a very thick multi layered plot that makes this much more than just the standard offering. There is at least three sub stories that twist and combine in the end act to conclude a very enjoyable way of spending 2hrs +. Not as good as the first but nevertheless excellent. It does emphasis the strength of Philip Hinchcliffe and Morris’s writing talents, making me look forward to the special releases from Big Finish in September of more of Hinchcliffe’s work.
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