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Reviewed By: TCar96Review Date: 1/22/17 4:24 pm
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Another reviewer, Newt, rightfully points out that going in - the Zygon who fell to earth oughtn't work on paper with its terrible premise - a Zygon (figuratively) falling to earth, before falling in love and 'going native'. Reminiscent of No More Lies, I was expecting the usual trite plot beats and a wholly unsatisfying attempt to pull at the heart strings.

What a delight that the story actually ended with my struggling to recall a more enjoyable EDA! Making the most of the shorter format, the significant other of our Zygon Trevor, is Auntie Pat from Season 1's Glam Rock. As a result we cruise straight into the story, with no messing. Its assumed we 'get' the Zygons and given the cover and title, there's no attempt to shock the audience with their introduction. Furthermore, they're played for laughs, bringing (as is discussed in the interviews) a fresh take that significantly subverts expectations, being a retelling of Terror of the Zygons.

Popping comic dialogue; solid character arcs; subverted expectations and some lovely character moments thrown in - the story taking place in the Lakes, with some borderline hokey, but utterly lovely, Wordsworthian flourishes.

There are definitely a few gripes. As I've complained often, whereas the main range often subtlety engages in political commentary or satire, the EDA's and FDA's come to think of it, engage in political moralising. It's not only irritating to see writers make the Doctor pick sides in contemporary issues the character ought to be above - but it also leads to some cringe inducing exposition, often to the detriment of plot beats or internal logic and credibility of the story. Toning down the politics of the writers really ought to be a priority of the script editors, fortunately this seems to have kicked in and isn't an issue in the more recent shorter releases (Dark Eyes, War Doctor etc.).

The ending too left me cold. After a cracking resolution - with both plot and emotional beats working together, we're given a morally and ethically uncomfortable finish. Following the 'wait - he's not dead, really!' snag, akin to the worst excesses of New Who, it's uncomfortable to ponder the ramifications of Trevor's macabre body-swapping. The extras point out the potential insofar as it places the Doctor in a real quandary, This would've been spectacular drama, but unfortunately the story runs out of time, leaving far too little time to mull over the ethics of what's just taken place.

Gripes aside, its a genuinely funny and heart warming (and breaking) little story. Well, well worth your time and a real gem of the EDA's thus far.

Just to conclude with a snipe at New Who - THIS, Zygon Invasion / Inversion, is how to tell a subversive piece of your villains having the potential to be more than simply monsters!
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Reviewed By: TCar96Review Date: 11/28/16 8:47 am
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A prime example of why I think Doctor Who's political forte is always implicit (like the Sun Makers & the soft-environmentalism of Letts) rather than explicit (like the Happiness Patrol - or Max Warp!).

We've got a 'parody' of Top Gear, which is so blatant as to be bereft of much comic value. Replace any technical car terms with technobabble; the Clarksonesque affectations every now and then and some hideously labored 'political correctness gone mad' lines. Rather than something like the Sun Makers, biting, but coming from a warm place - Max Warp is just spiteful and has little to say beyond Jonathan Morris really doesn't like Jeremy Clarkson.

As a result, the whole mechanics of the 'who dunnit' are ruined. I was almost genuinely surprised by the simplicity of the resolution! Expecting the quiet and understated James May cipher to whip off the mask, it was a shock to find the villain of the piece... to be the villain of the piece! Who'd have thought the boorish figure of ridicule, with a pronounced hatred for other species... hated other species?

A real shame, given my love for Morris' other Big Finish productions and his BBC novels too - but there's just not much here to sink your teeth into. Jokes that fall flat; impression masquerading as parody and satire and also a bizarrely ill-written Lucie prone not being particularly proactive and making comically stupid suggestions.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 10/21/16 12:56 pm
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The second instalment takes us on a different journey, with the Doctor, Liv and Helen, all on the trail of the ‘Clocksmith’, the person whom seems to be a time traveller himself, trying to put back together the mechanism of doom. There is in this instalment a lot of background story being played out, the story is starting to get more complex. The separation element a classic of most Who stories is also more apparent here, with the Doctor, Helen and Liv all searching for more information about the parts to the doomsday clock at different points of time. We also have the introduction of River Song, popping up as a sort of laser gun wielding extra from the Sound of Music, a parody of Fittons descriptive narrative not my own interpre-tation of her appearance. There is also some wonderful imagery being woven into the story. The Doctor is on the trail of clock with the help/hindrance of Lord Thomas Cromwell, where-as Liv is in medieval Prague, trying to piece together her own investigations with the help of a rather peculiar prison inmate. Helen on the other hand is in modern day Italy, who is trying to get an interview to talk about the doomsday clock with an eminent professor, who seems to be putting together a clock for his own purposes. The story is now starting to pick up a pace, and the story itself is becoming more and more intriguing.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 10/21/16 12:55 pm
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This is one of those stories that actually regardless of whether it is a Who story or a story not, it is beautifully crafted, well written and superbly acted. Of course it massively helps when you have the likes of Dorney, writing such an eloquent story based on real life loss, drawing on this incredibly daunting part of anyone’s life with the loss in this instant of his father, has given us a wonderful and heartfelt spin on what we would if we could, have that last conver-sation with that special person who has passed. The way that Dorney has worked this into of all things a science fiction drama is rather well treated and exceptionally well crafted.
The Doctor is with Liv and with Helen Sinclair, again superbly acted by¬ Hattie Morahan and Nicola Walker, whom once again take on the roles of companions to No.8 Doctor, Paul McGann, whom as I have said previously, performs almost without trying, he is so slick. The story, does offer a tantalising insight in to what we know will become a real cracker of a story over these 4 episodes. The step up of pace is felt I thought at the end, with the need to stop what could potentially be a rather unfortunate ending to the universe, if not for the Doctor and his companions intervention. A real treat for the fans of Doom Coalition, and also a master-class in how to write, produce and cast and audio drama. What a fabulous start to this re-lease.

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