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Dark Eyes: Part 3 - Tangled Web

Synopsis
Something happened when Molly O'Sullivan was just two years old, and the Doctor thinks it's high time they found out exactly what it was.

Meanwhile, the Daleks are fully activating their Temporal Chamber. And while the Doctor and Molly get closer and closer to the terrible truth, the nature of reality itself seems to be in question.
Starring
Paul McGann (The Doctor), Ruth Bradley (Molly O'Sullivan), Peter Egan (Straxus), Toby Jones (Kotris), Tim Treloar (Lord President), Laura Molyneaux (Isabel Stanford), Natalie Burt (Sally Armstrong), Ian Cullen (Nadeyan), Jonathan Forbes (Dr Sturgiss), Alex Mallinson (Private Tucker), Beth Chalmers (Matron/Kitty Donaldson/Nurse Harriet), John Banks (Private Hodgeson), Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks)
Written By
Directed By
Nicholas Briggs

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7.8
67 rating(s) submitted

100% (21/21) of raters say this story requires listening to previous stories.

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Review By RyanOM1991
Rated 9/10 on 3/8/14 5:31 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
A return to form - more settled, thoughtful and well paced.

This episode focuses on a key central idea - what if the Daleks turned good? It's been done before, but here it seems more genuine, with the Daleks having gone to so much effort to build a benevolent Skaro. For once, it seems that the Doctor might be wrong about them.

But to be honest, it can't be true. Nevertheless, this episode really helps to highlight the Doctor's prejudices against his arch-enemies. If they were to convert, would he be able to accept it? How could he trust them? Perhaps the Doctor isn't as infallible as he seems.

Some of this interesting character insight becomes slightly devalued when you get near the end, but the change in direction is actually very welcome and turns everything on its head.

Paul McGann gives a reliably assured and intense performance as the Doctor, while Ruth Bradley really comes into her own as Molly, whose reaction to the Doctor's scepticism and rationalism is both justified and believable. Very well written and expertly played.

Skaro itself has a very pleasant atmosphere thanks to the sound design.

The final moments offer an exciting climax to the Dark Eyes story, and all the pieces are starting to fit together.

A big improvement from the previous episode.
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Review By komodo
Rated 8/10 on 6/9/13 7:27 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
The clue to the cop out ending is in the title, but it has a great build up to that moment. All the loose strands in the last episode are coming together in a tangled web as the Doctor struggles to understand hope.

Molly gets stronger as a character in each episode and its clear she's no simple follower nipping at the Doctor's heels. She may not understand it, but she knows this is her story that the Doctor is a part of.

All up, a big imporvement on the last episode and it looks like its heading for a worth while end.
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Review By Sprocketship
Rated 7/10 on 11/17/12 2:45 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Episodes 2 & 3 of DARK EYES have the Doctor and Molly doing a lot of traveling from planet and time zone to planet and time zone and sadly the over all story arc suffers from the constant changes of venue and situation.

The plot of DARK EYES is not a simple one and things really begin to get convoluted in episode 3. All of the actors give it their best, but it just didn't gel.

The simplicity that made LUCIE MILLER and TO THE DEATH work so well was that it was a straight forward story with a simple plot line: The Daleks have conquered the Earth and the resistance must stop them. DARK EYES, on the other hand, is shrouded with mysterious schemes, double identities, and other plot points to leave the listener guessing.

But, this story is tool clever for it's own good and risks confusing the listeners.
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Review By jolyon
Rated 6/10 on 11/25/12 6:14 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Something in this section of the story really jars with me, and I think I can put my finger on it. On the one hand there's a wonderful plot where the Doctor comes face to face with the future of the Daleks. In this part Paul McGann has never been better, having a great time playing the dark Doctor advertised. But then comes the big reveal, and it sounds like the part of Zagreus where McGann is trying to hold a conversation with the mysterious voice in the library. His Doctor never sounds good when trying to work out the plot by questioning and reasoning with something that isn't interested. What was feeling like an 8/10 or 9/10 play was set back by the eighth Doctor's development being dragged back ten years. Loving Molly.