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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 1/17/16 7:19 pm
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Professor Lanchester is working on a new early warning detection system that emits a modulated frequency wave cancellation signal that attracts extra-terrestrial visitors and eventually leads to is demise. This is a simple straightforward invasion story but Justin Richards does enough to throw in some surprises to make more engaging than it otherwise would be. Well-drawn characters, well-acted and well-plotted there is very little wrong with this, although, the attempts at humour are not particularly good. The intro scene is basically a sketch which plays on the Timelords discordant relationship with time, but this is neither new nor surprising. Also, K-9's whirring before replying makes his responses predictable.

A recurring villain is brought back, although this isn't their first Big Finish appearance. I won't spoil who they are but it's a race rather than an individual and their characterisation is rather different than anything I remember. Alix Wilton Regan's performance, as Jill, for example, is full of gleeful menace. The tone is light-hearted but the humour never really comes off in the way it should. Baker and Leeson never miss a beat, and Lalla Ward is able to slip straight back into her role as Romana II, but I don't remember her being quite so haughty. Overall, the melodrama feel to this fits very well into the Douglas Adams period of late-seventies 'Doctor Who'. 'Waves of Destruction' is a bit of fun fluff, nothing more.
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Reviewed By: kenrwillReview Date: 1/16/16 11:10 pm
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I've been trying to think of a way to describe this story and the only word I can think of is 'Fun'. Honestly, the plot isn't that thrilling nor the twist not that shocking, but I'll be darned if this wasn't a hoot. Everyone involved is just having a great time and Tom is both funny and brilliant (usually he's just one or the other lately in the lackluster tales so far) but this is a great 4th doctor adventure. It establishes the relationship with the 2nd Romana perfectly and it captures the atmosphere of the 1960s radio perfectly. The villains aren't much of a threat, evil telepaths. It may not be the best story, but it's far from the worst. I just wish Tom would go on to do the regular monthly series. These 1 hour only tales are over way too quickly.

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 1/12/16 2:14 pm
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Now I really like John Dorney's writing as the plays of his I've listened to, I've loved and fans think that he's a great writer. So going into The King of Sontar I knew that it would be good, but once the play was over it kind of left me feeling a bit empty. The story has some great ideas present but where Dorney fails here is with writing the characters. All of them are really bland or don't act in character. Tom Baker is obviously giving his all, but the lines he is given just feel like they were written for someone else as his actions try to sound clever. Instead the Doctor gets himself in too deep and is forced into helping the Sontaran Strang in his plan before Leela is the one to stop him. This feels like it's supposed to be a Sylvester McCoy story with some of the clever details missing to fill in the blanks. It also sees Leela going way too far by committing murder which seems to be something Ace would do if this was a Virgin New Adventures novel.

Louise Jameson is also great but a bit out of character especially in the opening scene with the Doctor and Leela in the TARDIS. It seems like the Doctor is manipulating himself and Leela into going to this planet under the guise of the Time Lords sending them there. Now it could be alright if the Time Lords actually were behind it but there isn't any real implication that they are involved. The plot's ideas are really good but nothing is done with it leading to an average story.

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 1/1/16 3:18 pm
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'The Cloisters of Terror' written by Jonathan Morris has a fairly simple plot but is full of rich atmosphere generated but the even better than usual sound effects and music. Set in Saint Matilda's College in Oxford where young girls have been disappearing with increasing regularity for centuries. We are also treated to the return of Rowena Cooper as Liz Shaw's mother, Emily, in an almost completely female cast. I was quite glad that it was highlighted towards the end that Sister Francis was acting out of necessity, although, the resolution wouldn't have made sense otherwise. I just think it would have been too easy to write the character off as another unscrupulous and misguided authority figure with no remorse for their actions.

This story gathers momentum throughout the first half providing plenty of mystery but culminating in fast and exciting second episode. It's well-plotted, atmospheric and brimming with great characters. There were even a few decent stabs at humour. Overall, I thought this and 'Suburban Hell' have been the real stars among the fourth series, but this just has the edge in terms of excitement and a sense of peril.

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