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

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Reviewed By: NewWorldreviewsReview Date: 1/14/16 3:49 pm
2 out of 4 found this review helpful.

And so, Dark Eyes limps to a conclusion. After four hours of drama, this is the end result of all the teases that were dropped throughout the first three stories. And, while adequately wrapping up any loose threads that have been hanging, it can hardly be called the most dynamic of finales. In complete contrast to To The Death, this is a finale that plays it very, very safe. It doesn't take any risks, and rather than feeling big and bold and epic, it just plays out like a conversation between six people. Which is mostly what it is. The first half once more does Big Finish's favourite thing: rip off The Dalek Invasion Of Earth. And, while some attempts have been successful, this isn't one of them. It's just an obvious rip-off that brings nothing new to the table. It's not unentertaining, I'd like to point out: I didn't find it overtly boring or dull, just not that intellectually stimulating. I also found that this plot never really got much resolution, but that's perhaps because of what came after. The second half is the resolution to the whole box set, and sadly it doesn't cohere into a whole properly. The stakes have been raised so high across the previous three stories, and the first half of this story pushes them up even more with regards to Molly's part in the Dalek plan. However, the rather trite 'cop out' nature of the whole thing just really sits at ill with me. When the plot just comes down to having 'swapped' around the particles, you have to wonder what was the whole point? As I said earlier, satisfactory, but not fulfilling. I also didn't like how the whole impetus of this box set (that of seeing how the Doctor copes after the death of Lucie Miller) was just completely ignored, bar one scene that was thrown in to try and bring it to some conclusion. I did think, however, that Paul McGann and Ruth Bradley did just about carry it off, despite the slightly sloppily written material. Throughout this episode I thought they did a really great job at carrying off the story. I also really liked Peter Egan and Toby Jones, who are finally brought directly to the fore and given probably the best and most satisfying part of the plot in the whole box set. The twist was one I really didn't see coming, and I loved the dynamic between the two, which came off really well. I did think the character of Nadeyan was a little laboured, but I did think that Ian Cullen did a lot with the part. I also would like to speak Nick Briggs' praise as a voice of the Daleks. Throughout this box set, I've thought he has done a fantastic job, and it can be quite easy to forget to praise him, since he does them all the time. I particularly like the Dalek Time Controller in this, as Briggs starts to give him even more of an individual character in his own right in this story, despite the fact that in plot terms, he has nothing really to do. Once more, Briggs' direction is also fantastic, and while the final confrontations could have been a little shout-y, Briggs keeps them on the right side of dramatic, without going over the top. Andy Hardwick's music and sound design continues to impress, with some really dramatic pieces during the final moments. Overall, X And The Daleks, while being enjoyable in places, left me feeling very cold at points. There were some good moments, but I just thought a lot of it didn't quite come together as I was hoping. It ends Dark Eyes on a bit of a sour note, which, despite it's amazing first episode, has been unable to elicit any response out of this listener bar frustration at the massively wasted potential.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 9/7/15 5:56 am
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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?

I took this from the Big Finish strapline from the description of the final part of this four parter and to be honest it sums up really well the final parts to this so well. The tension as built for the last three hours and now we have to find out what is this master plan, what, will it mean for the Doctor, what does the significance of Molly, who is the mysterious X and what plans have been laid, will they get full realisation or will the terrible future that they may hold be avoided. The conclusion to this is epic, and well worth the three and half hours. The final part if a film in itself, all emotions are thrown in for good measure and it is a epic peace of writing from Nicholas Briggs through out. I understand why this won the BBC aware that it has. The final part is the perfect peace of the jigsaw and it ties up so well the other parts.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/23/15 3:43 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The story reaches its conclusion as the Doctor arrives at the planet which as the core of the Daleks' plan, which is supported by a former Time Lord.

This is a solid and satisfying to what's been an enjoyable series. This story introduces Nadeyan who serves to further the overall examination of hope in the story. The overall plot and maneuvering is quite clever, and it's a well-written twist end.

Molly's departure at the end was reminiscent of Mary Shelley's in, "Army of Death" though this felt more natural.

If I had one complaint about this chapter and the particular story is that throughout the first Dark Eyes story, the Doctor has been little more than a pawn in a game between the Dalek Time Controller and the Time Lords with little actual influence.

Still, what makes Dark Eyes work is that it's a great character piece. It has fantastic sound design, and so many great moments that it's a solid production with many great moments for the Eighth Doctor.

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Reviewed By: The Elusive WhovianReview Date: 4/7/15 2:38 am
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After some superfluous and inconsequential padding in Fugitives and Tangled Web, the Dark Eyes box set comes to a satisfying conclusion. The first part of the story was a little slow for my liking, with no particularly interesting development. The second half, however, was one I found to be very enjoyable, and the twist concerning Kotris was not foreseen by me.
However, the whole story of Dark Eyes relied to heavily on technobabble to explain the Dalek plan. The explanations were tedious to listen to, although I like the Time Lord's involvement in the story.
Overall, a pretty satisfying if forgettable ending to the Dark Eyes set and a 7/10 from me.
The Dark Eyes set on the whole was pretty good, but the idea of one long story meant that there was a sag in quality in the middle, particularly Fugitives, where we went to places just to fill up time. Another 7/10.
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