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Reviewed By: Evan257Review Date: 2/21/18 9:41 pm
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Really shouldn't have to justify why this is bad. It's an awful script and painful to listen to.
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Reviewed By: Evan257Review Date: 2/21/18 9:35 pm
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Absolutely terrible. A predictable plot, terrible pace, ear-grating soundtrack and a bunch of half-baked characters to suffer with for two hours. Move onto Stones of Venice as fast as possible.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 2/21/18 5:30 pm
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'Conflict' is a Ninth Doctor story that seemingly pits the Ninth Doctor and Churchill at odds with each other over control over a dangerous weapon that could turn the tides of the war. The premise on the surface is similar to 'Victory of the Daleks' but it ends up taking an entirely different direction where the premise is more in the journey to find the weapon as opposed to the conflict over actually having it. It also deals with alien mercenaries and another artifact with intense power similar to 'Young Winston' and in this way the central conflict does feel a little bit repeated. But 'Conflict does go more into depth with some of the details and especially with Churchill's conflicts and actions which are placed more in the spotlight. The theme ultimately becomes the question of what winning the war will ultimately cost and if certain advantages will be worth it in the end. I found this premise much more interesting and it's not often we see the Doctor so at odds with a normal stalwart ally. It's poignant and extremely gritty which feels appropriate for the setting and the soundscape is particularly good with the war and much more exciting a listen for me. The history is also much more interesting with links to the war itself and Churchill's highlighted life more tangible especially in the aftermath of the Dunkirk events. McNiece remains good taking over full narration and especially with his conflict with Nine. The Doctor in this story is mostly observing and hoping that Churchill will do the right thing but does appear with the right words and at the right time with a tangible plan up his sleeve. McNiece's voicing of Eccleston's Doctor isn't amazing but you can get the feel of him in his words and actions and he gets some powerful lines by the climax of the story. Gyuri Sarossy is the other important character in this story as Churchill's sidekick Lt. Fleming and he provides the black and white hero soldier that you see in most WWII stories well enough especially as he's primary in most of the action. All of these elements come to a head in one of the best climaxes of the Churchill stories thus far where (without giving spoilers) differing sides are forced to realize their mistakes and work together in order to save the world. While it's not quite a perfect stories as it does repeat itself more than once with some of its elements, "Human Conflict" is intense, challenging and a significant step up from the previous story. 

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 2/20/18 9:43 pm
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"Young Winston" is a story about growth from past to present involving a dark pearl, mercenaries human and alien, and the decision on whether to head onto a new journey which feels appropriate for a starting story. It's slower but it's paced very well with some decent twists and uniquely played side characters with dark secrets that will drive the whole narrative. This story also gives us two Churchills with the older version once again played by McNiece and a newly introduced younger Churchill played by Iain Batchelor. Both of them do well and the connection between the two incarnations is very strong so they do feel very much as if they were the same person. The inclusion of Madame Vastra from the Eleventh Doctor era is a great touch and Neve McIntosh is amazing as always in that role.  It was so good to hear her character again even becoming the narrator for a good chunk of the story after the introduction / theme. Churchill and Vastra as a team work very well together with great chemistry especially at how opening and accepting each is of the other. Speaking of which, it was amazing to hear Eleven's theme again with a story and this along with along with Vastra gives you the obvious clue as to which Doctor is set to appear in this story. Eleven makes very sparse appearances in the tale compared to other Churchill stories but each one hits hard in the appropriate places when it needs to and he does a great job of tying everything together as a whole in the story. In addition, there are many tiny winks here and there for the audience of Whovians to enjoy with Churchill even breaking the fourth wall once or twice to keep the audience's attention. Unfortunately, those winks are very much needed as this story does get a little boring at times for me and the particular politics do not really intrigue me as much as other Churchill stories. However it's different enough to where I didn't mind too much as I was listening and I appreciate what it was trying to do more than I enjoyed listening to it. This doesn't make it bad though necessarily or drop the quality too much especially for those who can end up getting into the specific historical story details. So for what it is, "Young Winston" is another great story for Churchill, 11, and especially for Madame Vastra who is easily the highlight of the story especially since we've haven't seen or heard from her in such a long time. While it struggles a little bit for me, I get the feeling that other listeners are going to love this one and I'm glad to see the quality of this cast and especially McNiece as Churchill continue to stay strong. 

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