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This story of the Doctor fighting to save a space whale succeeds in capturing a really strong 1980s feel where there were so many popular "save the whales" stories such as Star Trek IV being made, with a bit of corporate economic satire thrown in.
The Doctor and Peri both have a very solid turn in this with Peri's delirious rantings in Episode 2 being particularly hilarious. Baker and Bryant have solid chemistry together which (as Baker points out in the extras) is unhampered by the usual angst and bickering required of stories of the time.
The story has a lighter touch, with a Quasi-Douglas Adams or Gareth Roberts feel at times. While not all of its humor hit the mark, the story features some very fun and entertaining characters with a psychotic computer, an officious first officer who sends missives to the corporate office when a vital decision must be made, and a hyperstitious chief engineer. You also get a crazy cult that lives inside a space whale thrown in at no additional charge.
Those that are looking for a balanced and nuanced look at ecological issues won't find it in this story. However, what makes The Song of Megaptera work is that it's entertaining (although not always very deep) characters and some clever concepts make it entertaining despite its faults.
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The story is set early in the Universe on a planet with a dying star with a conflict people creatures of light and creatures of the shadow.
The Dark Planet has some very interesting moments, particularly in the middle three episodes as it develops into a bit of a parable about prejudice and war, while throwing in some clever high concepts. There are also some nice moments between the members of the cast in the first episode.
Yet, it's hurt by the fact that it's very padded in the first two episodes. This would have been far better as a four parter. The concept came from Bria Hayles who also provided the original idea for the Lost Story, "Lords of the Red Planet," and there are many parallels between the two stories. One key difference is that the guest characters here are less emotionally engaging.
Still, while flawed, this story has some good moment even though it's the weakest tale from the final series of Lost Stories.
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This is a substantial rewrite and alteration to a Lost Story, to get around licensing and clearance issues.
As a result, whatever one may make of the "Stream" character (hint: it's an anagram) who is never identified, and the use of Tractators presumably hundreds of millions of years before their apparent home time, overall the framing device makes it interesting, and there's nothing wrong with the story. The plot however, makes not too much sense. You are presented with its framework, you accept it or you don't.
One for completists.