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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 1/13/16 5:21 pm
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The Gallifrey series offers something a bit different from most of the other Big Finish ranges. It has a more adult tone, political conspiracies and more of a SF feel to it. The pace is fairly languid and the story is more character driven without the flashes of humour. Like the inhabitants of the titular planet, this is cold, calculated and very clever. It all revolves around the theft of a temporal timebomb by a terrorist group called, 'Free Time'.

There is a very flat atmosphere. Lots of swooshing of automatic doors and various other futuristic effects but nothing that creates any strong imagery. The characters and the plot, on the other hand, are well-developed. Lalla Ward is well suited to harsher take on her character; she is much more supercilious and ruthless here than we were ever allowed to see in the seventies. I get the feeling this laidback science fiction espionage thriller maybe an acquired taste, but I really do think that this series has a lot of potential. A solid opener.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 12/7/15 7:36 am
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Gallifrey - Intervention Earth: Big Finish decided to drop the boxset format for their Gallifrey spin-off series in favour of a more wallet friendly and less time-consuming release whilst taking the chance to freshen up the series. Still, offering, four episodes at thirty-minute durations rather than the one-hour format, and some scintillating artwork for the cover. It isn't just the Gallifrey franchise that has regenerated; the changes go deeper with the addition of Juliet Landau to the cast as the third incarnation of president Romana. Intervention Earth breaks with tradition but doesn't forget its roots.

The story begins with Ace, apparently, being requested by a member of the high council to assist in a mission to recover the hand of Omega and investigate a temporal anomaly in the mutter-spiral, that threatens to destroy the universe. The double cross and traitorous nature of Ace's travelling companion soon become clear. Meanwhile, on Gallifrey, the Precogs (Gallifreyian soothsayers) are restless, concerned over the temporal anomaly and Ace's disappearance; A cult known as The Adherence of Ohm makes plans for the return of their leader. To really appreciate this story, it's advisable that you are familiar with the events of 'The Three Doctors' and 'Remembrance of the Daleks', as a minimum without having heard this series before.

It's wonderful to hear Sophie Aldred play a more mature and less Scrappy-Doo-like Ace; although, we still have lines like, "I'll work you out in a minute" when somebody uses the word workout, not quite mellowed with age. Stephen Thorne's menacing tones as Omega remain unchanged, though; Gyles Brandreth's infeasibly plummy voice is superbly suited to being a supercilious Gallifreyian, who else would he be? Although, most of the attention will be on former Buffy cohort Juliet Landau, who is as softly spoken, and strait-laced as any of her predecessors, though nowhere near as haughty. The story isn't burdened with a regeneration scene for the Timelady assistant of the Doctor; sometimes I have to remind myself who she is supposed to be, but she as every bit a Romana as any of her predecessors.

The production values are scintillating. I absolutely adore the theme tune to this. It has a gentle pattering drum beat with organ-like synths and decadent bells. It sounds ancient yet futuristic and beautiful. The woozy background sounds of Ace's Tardis are fantastic. The music tries to take an energetic upbeat turn during the escape from the black hole which it doesn't quite manage to pull off. The directing duties are handled superbly by Scott Handock who co-wrote this with David Llewellyn. Scott has written the fantastic 'The Magician's Oath' for the companion chronicles range, and it's a wonder that neither has written for the main range of releases, as this is so hard to fault!

There is a large part which is centred on ancient earth, and a definite theme of juxtapositioning the old and the new, which is kind of apt for this rebirth of the series. There is an even mixture of action and dialogue, although, the constant grunting during the mind-wrestling was a bit silly. I have to say the only fault for me was that this ends on a cliffhanger because I am so desperate to hear the next one I just want to binge on this series now. It's well-plotted with a real sense of gravitas, who says you can't have a decent story featuring the Timelords?
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Reviewed By: kiwifluffyReview Date: 5/22/15 7:24 pm
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After series 4, Gallifrey returns to being a political drama, but this time set on the world of the previous release. While the story is strong, it does occasionally seem as if the ideas are being reused from earlier stories, and the concept of Gallifrey without time travel still seems a bit off.

By this stage in the series, Narvin's character has changed completely and the strongest parts in this series are probably the character-driven sections, and the shifting interactions between the leads.
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Reviewed By: kiwifluffyReview Date: 5/22/15 7:19 pm
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Series 4 of Gallifrey takes a completely different route to series I-III, almost like a Gallifrey Unbound. The stories feature Romana, Leela, Narvin, Braxiatel and K9 moving through alternate realities, trying to find one that they can settle on. They repeatedly meet alternative versions of themselves and friends from the original Gallifrey, but each time something major has changed.
This series is very different to the first 3, and because of this, some people don't think it's as good, which I can understand. I think it's just different and if you go in expecting a direct continuation of I-III then you'll come out disappointed.
The stories are more self-contained than the other stories in this range, but all are strong in their own right.
The opening scene of this release is wonderfully absurd, I'm almost surprised no one else has commented on it yet...

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