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Dark Eyes: Part 4 - 'X' and the Daleks

Synopsis
'Subject is called Molly O'Sullivan. An inhabitant of Earth. Born Earth year 1891. Has travelled in space and time with Time Lord known as the Doctor.'

With Straxus and his TARDIS destroyed, the Doctor and Molly have tracked the mysterious 'X' to the planet Srangor. It is here that the truth of the threat to the universe will finally be revealed.

What is the Dalek Time Controller's ultimate plan? What exactly is the space-time projector? Who will survive this epic battle for survival?
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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Review By RyanOM1991
Rated 8/10 on 3/8/14 5:38 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
A satisfying conclusion - the latter half especially so.

With the Doctor and Molly on the run again, the Doctor embarks on a head-on confrontation with "X" and the Daleks.

The first half sets up a promising scenario but seems strangely uninvolving. Again, the consistent jumping from one place to another doesn't really allow for the interesting developments and philosophical moments that were presented in episodes 1 and 3.

The presentation of the Daleks here isn't particularly original and their master plan isn't the most innovative or interesting. There are exterminations but they don't seem to carry the weight that they should.

But the second half really picks up. The truth of "X"'s identity is a genuine shock and Straxus' master plan really does surprise and explains his actions in previous episodes. Ironically, as the Daleks take a backseat and let these two come to the fore, it really improves. Nobody is actually what they seem - it's been done to death but rarely so inventively and effectively as it is here. There is the inevitable self-sacrifice at the climax, but the character is so likeable and selfless that it really hits you hard when it happens.

To sum up the first half is a set-up that might leave you wondering if it's going to fall flat, but the second half really picks it up and gives Dark Eyes the fantastic conclusion that it deserves.
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Review By komodo
Rated 7/10 on 6/11/13 1:42 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
A solid ending to the story, but overall I found "yet another dalek plan" was a little disappointing. I do hope the next series has neither time lords nor daleks in it.

Other than that, Molly continued to be a very strong character and the Doctor's state of mind was well played out. Technically there was nothing wrong with it.
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Review By jolyon
Rated 7/10 on 11/25/12 1:36 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
The last part made me very happy. Everything seemed to tie up nicely, with Straxus getting plenty to do and Molly's journey getting a touching ending... this boxed set approach is interesting. It's a mixed bag, feeling more like one long adventure rather than four small ones, which makes it seem to sag badly in the middle. But the theme of hope runs nicely through the tale, whilst Molly's turn of phrase is endearing, loving the whole 'Tardy-box'.
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Review By Sprocketship
Rated 6/10 on 11/17/12 3:04 am
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
The DARK EYES box set which began so brilliantly with THE GREAT WAR limps its way to the finish line like a lame race horse with this final episode. What should have been a climax filled with emotion and tension just doesn't hold up.

Honestly, I had a hard time keeping focused while listening to this story. It's full of technobabble and melodrama, which make for a disappointing combination. TO THE DEATH was full of such raw emotion about personal survival at any cost and DARK EYES felt forced and contrived.

It's funny, I was eager to hear the next Eight Doctor Adventure, that I was half expecting UNIT DOMINION to be a weak story and DARK EYES to be the strong one. But, it was vice versa.

This story is unessential to enjoying the Big Finish adventures of the Eighth Doctor and caution should be taken in paying the big money for it.

BUYER BEWARE!

6/10 for forced emotion, contrived situations, and the over use of the name, "Dark Eyes" and the word "Tardi-box".