Reviewed By: JMChurch25
Review 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.