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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/22/17 12:16 am
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Allison and Rachel are investigating a company promising the world clean energy, and cheap mass transit, but refuse to divulge the source of their energy. Then sabotage hits New Horizon and a mysterious shows up to keep Counter Measures away and then they're ordered off the case. In the course of the adventure, the two notice something wrong with Sir Toby and Group Captain Gilmore.


Overall, this is a good adventure, with some very solid plot twists. It's a good story that avoids some of the more predictable turns these sorts of stories take. It feels a lot more like a one off Counter Measures adventure that shows us the new status quo rather than a story interlinks with the rest of the set. Still, it's a quite marvelous and entertaining ride.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/21/17 5:24 am
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The finale turns our understanding of the first three episodes completely on its head as we learn what the Dalkes and Time Lords really want and one character faces a heart breaking decision.

In many way, this is the typical John Dorney story, but it's more the typical middle or beginning John Dorney story than the end due to the intimate nature of the story. One Life manages to become far bigger in scope as time weapons are deployed and fleets clash, but also more intimate as our focus is drawn to one character and the decisions he must make. Overall, it's brilliant, and tragic, and makes for a superb end that shows the evils and heartbreak of the Time War.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/21/17 5:20 am
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The Doctor is conscripted into the Gallifreyan army along with younger new recruits and put into basic training.

This is an interesting concept with somewhat hit and miss execution. In the extras, Writer Matt Fitton he borrowed heavily from war movies such as Full Metal Jacket. I think he borrowed a bit too much. When Doctor Who is at its best, it helped us paint Gallifrey as alien in so many aspects of their culture. Here, everything is lifted to apply to Time Lords which makes no sense as they're not humans. More imagination really should have gone into imaging how Gallifreyan training would be different and make us feel like we were watching aliens train and still relating to them.

Yet, what does work about the story is Paul McGann's performance as the disruptive and rebellious influence in the camp. The other side, the war-fighting Gallifreyans are given their due and Fitton tries to bring balance to the script and manages to do so and even avoid portraying any of them as one-dimensional. There's a great scene where the Doctor is confronted and asked to provide another solution to the Dalek problem. It's a great moment that highlights an important problem.

The ending is a great cliffhanger to set up the conclusion.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 11/20/17 6:58 pm
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This represents an interesting innovation in the development of the 3 and 1 structure. This story acts as a kind of epilogue to "The Wishing Beast" (also, thanks to the magic of time travel, a prequel). Despite the similarities between the two stories, they are quite distinct. "The Vanity Box" also has a bit of a whimsical tone, but it's much more of a comedy than "The Wishing Beast". And, of course, setting the story in 1960s Salford gives this a totally different tone.

It's actually a pretty neat trick: telling a story that is so similar to "The Wishing Beast", but making it feel entirely fresh and distinct.

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