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Reviewed By: DoctorheyReview Date: 5/6/19 10:38 am
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The Space Pirates is the final serial to contain a missing episode in Doctor Who, and one of only two serials in Season 6 to contain missing episodes. Unfortunately, this episode doesn't have the best audio soundtrack as it was not made by Graham Strong, nor does it have Tele-Snaps as it was made after John Cura passes away. This already makes it a bit of a drag to get through, but reconstructions always do the best they can.

The main problem with this story is that it's very rushed as Robert Holmes wrote this quickly after the Krotons, and Terrance Dicks was too busy writing the excellent War Games. The War Games' ambition also caused some of the budget to be taken out of this production to be syphoned off to that story. Even the main three actors had to pre-record all their episode 6 scenes to do the extensive location work for the War Games.

Even after all of this, the story just isn't good. This could have been a space opera on the scale of Frontier in Space, but it just ends up bland and forgettable with barely any substance to get your teeth on. Nothing much happens, and a lot of the acting isn't good.

There are a few (and I mean a few) good things about this story though. As always the main three are amazing, and Wendy Padbury is particularly good in this serial surprisingly. Milo Clancy is also quite funny at times (but at other times quite cringy). Episode 2 also gives us a fun scenario to see and the music is very grand and quite good.

Apart from this, this serial is not good at all. If your determined to watch every episode, go for it. If not, avoid this episode and move onto The War Games or just another better serial.
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Reviewed By: DoctorheyReview Date: 5/5/19 9:44 am
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This book is the final book in the four-part Timewyrm series and it does not disappoint. This is legendary writer Paul Cornell's first official book for Doctor Who and it shows him to be brimming with ideas at each and every step.

This book is brimming with ideas and every chapter has an amazing moment and shows real character development for the chess playing Seventh Doctor. I'm not going to talk too much about the plot here because there are so many shocking moments starting from the very beginning, saying anything might spoil it. What I can say about the plot is that it's fantastic, but with a bit of a weird ending which should be expected, but I still feel like its a bit random.

Cornell does his best here to wrap up a 4 book long story with 4 books which have basically nothing to do with each other which sounds like an impossible task to do, but he actually does an amazing job, bringing in plot points from books 1 and 2, but not so much 3.

Overall, with some outstanding dialogue, fantastic plot, and brilliant character development, Cornell does his best to tie up a weakly connected arc and gives us some amazing moments throughout. The only weak point for me is the conclusion but that's a smudge on a nearly perfect book
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Reviewed By: DoctorheyReview Date: 4/25/19 6:57 am
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Timewyrm: Apocalypse is the 3rd of 4 books in the Timewyrm series, but is certainly the weakest so far. This doesn't mean it's doing anything outstandingly wrong, just it isn't doing many memorable things either.

The book starts with a promising mystery which does keep you hooked for the rest of the book, but the book just doesn't do anything much else to keep you engaged bar a few good characters and some nice moments for Ace. The most memorable parts are the flashbacks to the Second Doctors life which is explained by the Doctor trying to tell himself something, which was ultimately what was in the first of these flashbacks, meaning all those after it were a bit pointless, but fun.

What pushes the book down a bit more is that it doesn't feel like it contributed much to the Timewyrm arc either. The Timewyrm seeming leaves at the same power as she was at the start of the book. Unlike Exodus, where we get a real sense of her power and control developing and weakening through the book (with an ending showing her at her lowest point), it doesn't feel like she is less powerful here. There's still one more book to read for me, so maybe this isn't true, but it still feels lacklustre to the entire arc.

Even though it has a lot of flaws and is lacking in places, Timewyrm: Apocalypse is still an alright read, and certainly not as bad as other VNA's.
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Reviewed By: DoctorheyReview Date: 4/7/19 8:59 am
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The False Guardian is a strong opener for a mid-series two-parter for the Fourth Doctor Adventures. You will need a good knowledge from the Dalek's Master Plan to listen to this story.

Adams gets the tone of the fourth Doctors era perfect and once again shines as an excellent writer. Jane Slavin as WPC Anne Kelso is now on top form in this story after a slightly shaky start in the first half of this boxset and really gets to show her investigating skills which helps to develop her character nicely.

Even though this story is good, it is eclipsed by the second part (Time's Assassin) pretty much entirely and you will mostly take away things from that part more than this one. Adams once again brings an excellent cliffhanger to this story to finish it off in an engaging way.

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