1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
No previous stories required.
This story was probably the best of the early Unit series, but still left a bit to be desired.The set up for a virus that transforms humans into monsters is well done. There's also a nice plot twist regarding one characters that's probably even more shocking if you listened to every installment in this series.
However, the story has two principle faults. First and foremost was the pure number of convenient contrivances used to resolve this story usually with the help of Lethbridge Stewart who is continually showing up to give Colonel Chaundry one plot device or another. In addition, the politics gets a tad heavy handed at times.
The strength of the episode is the acting of Nicholas Courtney as the "retired" U.N.I.T. command. He sounds just as he did in the 1970s and fully in command. David Tennant doesn't show up until half way through but is excellent as the crusty Colonel Ross Brimmicombe-Wood, though they had him delivering some rubbish lines towards the end.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Unlike other Big Finish boxsets, UNIT: Dominion doesn't consist of four self-contained stories, but instead tells one big, epic tale in four (roughly) hour-long episodes. And for the most part, this structure works incredibly well.
From the start there is a lot going on, with various story strands emerging and unfolding. Plus we are introduced to a number of new characters who are working for UNIT alongside Elizabeth Klein. Despite these multiple plot lines the story never gets confusing. There is a clear structure to the procedings and apart from a bit of repetition halfway through episode three it is all extremely well paced. Throughout, there is always enough mystery and tension for the story to be thoroughly enthralling, but never so much as to be confusing or tedious.
McCoy's Doctor isn't much involved during the first half and a lot of the initial plot development is out of his reach. On the plus side this means we get plenty of chance to make the acquaintance of UNIT-Klein and meet the rest of the new UNIT personnel, most of whom are likeable and well-drawn characters. It is quite interesting to compare the similarities and differences between Klein now and her former Nazi-version. There is lots of intelligent and insightful dialogue between Klein and both versions of the Doctor. Tracey Childs (as always) delivers a supberb perfomance.
On top of some sterling character work we get lots of fascinating imagery. From floating heads to red-glowing cubes, mind leeches and alien invasions on a global scale, there is plenty to engage the imagination. The sound design on this release is fantastic and suitably bold for the story at hand.
Everything about UNIT: Dominion is big and new and exciting and epic. It aims for a very big scale - and manages to pull it off.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
A fresh start and a new direction. A successful change in style.
UNIT: Dominion is a four-part story that brings Doctor Who bang up to date with a wonderful sound design that combines an epic scope with superb characterisation.
Those looking for lots of McCoy action will be disappointed by the first two episodes as the focus is more on the mysterious Other Doctor played by Alex MacQueen and the increasingly suspicious Klein. UNIT is presented as a credible military outfit again, baffles by the chaos that ensues but maintaining a stiff upper lip and sense of control. Subtle hints imply that perhaps things aren't quite as they should be. The second episode with the Skyhead encounter is particularly gripping.
Episode 3 doesn't quite match up the high standard - we've already heard two episodes of UNiT confused by an alien incursion and looking to the Doctor to help combat it, to the format has already become slightly stale - surprising considering its only the third episode, but the narrative structure is exactly the same and nothing new is really developed. Until the episode's climax, anyway.
The revelation about MacQueen's Doctor is glaringly obvious when it is revealed but at no point crosses your mind during the story. Events really pick up for the final episode where McCoy and MacQueen go toe to toe in a gripping and well-realised climax.
There are three aspects that really should be applauded - the freshness of Who's new direction, MacQueen's gripping performance and the wonderful sound design. These alone make this box set a very good listen.