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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 3/23/17 2:47 pm
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I appreciate a simple, straightforward adventure story, but this is a bit too slight. There are a number of good ideas in here, and the depiction of the Ice Warriors is excellent, but the overall story just doesn't work. Paul Webster doesn't make a very credible or effective villain, and the revelation about Tanya's origin makes no sense, and certainly doesn't explain how she knows details of Martian history and is able to operate highly advanced Martian technology. But it's not a complete failure by any stretch. The character of Zzaal is wonderfully written and performed. I only wish he'd had a stronger story to appear in.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 3/21/17 12:11 am
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After getting off to a reasonably good start, the plot begins to fall apart in the last two episodes, ruining what could have been an entertaining but uninspiring story. Instead, we're left with a jumble of mishandled ideas, sloppy plotting, weak characters, and really poor dialogue. For the first two episodes, the Daleks are in top form, having pulled off an audacious plan that required centuries of patience. But starting in Part Three, they're suddenly under tremendous time pressure, apparently to justify the series of stupid decisions they make for the rest of the story. The Doctor actually accomplishes very little, as the Dalek plan is largely self-defeating for reasons never adequately explained.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 3/19/17 2:27 am
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Quite an enjoyable historical romp, but the lighthearted tone doesn't really match the rather grim subject matter. As a vehicle for introducing a new companion, it's an unmitigated success. With the benefit of hindsight, long-time listeners may notice that Evelyn Smythe wasn't entirely fully-formed in her debut outing, but first-time listeners should find nothing to complain about. She's an ideal foil for the sixth Doctor, a delightful character, and Maggie Stables owns the role from her very first scene. My only serious complaint is the way the script tiptoes around the real problem: religion. If people weren't willing to kill and die over meaningless theology (the world's first fan fiction), none of this nastiness would have been necessary. The script presents this grim reality unflinchingly, but the Doctor is far too politic in his reluctance to call it what it is: primitive barbarism.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 3/14/17 11:48 pm
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An exceptionally strong story. Very nearly perfect. It's got a great concept, it's very tightly plotted, and it's simply a joy to listen to. Apparently, the writing process for this story was exceptionally difficult, but you wouldn't think so from listening to it. It sounds almost effortless. The script juggles a lot of plot elements with great deftness. I can't say enough good things about it.

The story is overtly political, which isn't everyone's cup of tea, but it's something I happen to appreciate. Many people say that this story was prescient, and they mean it as a compliment. But after revisiting the story in the wake of Brexit and Trump, and I can't help noticing that there's no positive left-wing alternative offered to the overt racism of Sherilyn Harper. From Stephen Keyser to Walter Jacobs and even Alexsandr Karadjic... none of them seems to have any political opinions at all except opposition to her. If this story is prescient of anything, it's that something will always beat nothing, no matter how vile that something is.

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