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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/26/17 11:37 am
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Prisoners of Fate works on a number of levels. It begins with a superb concept with a mystery behind it as the Doctor and crew land on a world where a computer that can predict the future also arrests people for crimes that they are going to commit and convicts them before they do so. But it's also a time travel story, a story where Nyssa faces the consequences for her deception of the Doctor and the price is high...never being able to go home again.

Overall, the story works with a great sense of mystery and a payoff in the third episode that really is quite stunning. Each of the stories in this trilogy has tried to focus on one companion with a central conflict. This one with Nyssa was clearly the most effective. The story and the future of the galaxy hinge on a decision she makes. The story has a great sense of drama even while it neatly wraps up some loose plot threads that have been dangling for quite some time at Big Finish.

If the story has a fault, it's the final episode which feels a bit overstuffed and a little more convoluted and plays more time wimey tricks than are strictly necessary. Still, this is a very solid release and easily the best of the trilogy.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 5/26/17 2:15 am
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I think the story is probably the weakest part about this one, and the story is fine. They say there's really only one Silurian story, and "Doctor Who" just keeps telling it again and again. There's more than a little truth to that, but Jonathan Morris at least finds a new spin to put on his version. Connecting it to Charles Darwin and setting the story on the Galapagos Islands is a brilliant conceit, and Morris's script makes the most of the idea by really working the themes of natural selection. The story's big twist is brilliant as well, and the end of Part Three deserves to be counted among the greatest cliffhangers of all time. With all that going for it, the fact that the actual story may seem a bit pedestrian at times doesn't seem very important.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 5/26/17 12:48 am
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Victorian England is a very busy place which the Doctor has now visited a little over 2,671 times. To be fair this allows the writer to focus on introducing character and plot rather than go into detail about the setting. Dropping the TARDIS into a Victorian gentlemen's club makes for an easy to follow opening and we can quickly identify what is going on.

Despite all the simplicity, I found this to be quite enjoyable as it simply focuses on character and plot, sets up some clever cliff hangers and allows the characters to drive the story.

Teegan has some great lines which makes it even better. Quite frankly its worth listening to just to here who she thinks is clubbable.
Adric has some opportunities, but not as many as he did in the last story, while Nyssa is just kind of 'there'.
The quality acting really comes from characters like Peabody, The Red Queen and Edward that make this a treat to listen to.

Phil Mulryne has not written many audios for Big Finish, but he does write the fifth Doctor well and he does know the characters he is working with. My feeling is that his best work is yet to come.

Perhaps a more complex plot would have stripped this of its subtle elegance. I will certainly listen to this again.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 5/25/17 1:50 am
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I find it rather difficult to rate and review this episode in isolation, as it really doesn't tell a complete story. "Dalek Empire" is better understood as one story told in four installments. Each installment is somewhat distinct from all of the others, but they work better as one continuous story. If Dalek Empire were released today, it would be as a single four-part box set rather than four individual releases. Still, I'll endeavor to make some observations about each installment in turn.

"Invasion of the Daleks" gets us off to an intriguing start. The script wastes very little time getting us into the action, but I feel like this is actually something of a problem. The story puts a great deal of emotional weight on the love story between Alby and Suz, but their relationship barely has time to be properly established before they're torn apart. With four 70-minute episodes to play with, there's plenty of time for high-intensity Dalek action. I think the story might have worked better had it taken more time in the beginning to establish the principle characters, their relationships, and the setting before the Daleks come screaming out of the sky.

Still, even without much development, the main characters all work very well, and the rollicking, fast-paced space opera approach suits the material wonderfully. The story is clear, compelling, and intriguing. Unfortunately, it leans a bit too heavily on some rather implausible coincidences, which is a problem that only gets worse in subsequent installments.

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