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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 10/22/18 1:20 am
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I came into this story with a bit of trepidation. River's continuity in relation to The Doctor's was spelled out pretty clearly in her first TV appearance when she referred to 10 as being younger than she had ever seen him. Each interaction she has with an earlier incarnation has that line hanging over it. I shouldn't be surprised that Big Finish had an answer for that concern written into the script and there was no cause for concern.

River and Tom Baker's 4th Doctor have excellent chemistry from the start. They are delightful to listen to and could have carried a much worse script successfully. Thankfully the plot is also well written and they don't have to. The Discordians are finally realized here as a legitimate threat and justify their focus throughout the box set. The story stands well on its own but also works well as a finale for the miniseries.
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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 10/19/18 11:59 pm
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It was a dark and stormy night. An death by the roadside... A castle with a body... Guests with alibis, or motives, or was it...?

Melody Malone (Amy Pond's noir detective) finds herself navigating a mystery within a mystery- nothing is quite as it seems and the facts are hard to nail down. The meta-mystery is an interesting premise and a good use of Rivers alter-ego. The twist is a bit left field but takes the story in an interesting direction (sorry sweetie, no spoilers).

The final result is a bit abstract but succeeds in tying the pulp mystery to the sci-fi of the rest of the box set.
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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 10/17/18 12:11 am
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This story has everything- comedy, drama, suspense, and swashbuckling adventure in spades. What starts off as a rather light hearted romp takes a more somber turn as River finds herself in deeper and deeper peril. It's a bit difficult to follow parts of this story at the breakneck pace it runs at so it may require a second listen more than reward another lap. In fact, it would have probably been better served as a 2-part episode to give the plot a little more breathing room and help build up the supporting cast a bit more. As it stands, River seems to have some emotional attachment to her companions but the listener hasn't had enough time to properly get to know them.

Still, it's an exciting and fun story and an improvement over the first part.
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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 10/16/18 12:10 am
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River is back with panache as she is roped into tracing the source of a message from a certain husband. The script is lighthearted and feels mostly like an intro to get accostomed to her new pals rather than get bogged down in too much plot. In that regard it works well and is a solid opening to the box set. Alex Kingston is marvelous as expected and wears the role comfortably.

I'm not sure how I feel about the new companion Spod the WarBorg who is sort of a cross between the genetically engineered Grunt from Nu-Who series 9's Sleep No More and Osgood in that he is a Time Lord fanboy who speaks almost entirely in modern (2010's) Internet slang. His dialog is well over the top in an already campy script and as a futuristic character seemed an odd choice. It fit the tone of the episode so it's not a major sticking point, just not my cup of tea I suppose.

Effects wise, some of the dialogue from the demonic Discordians was a little hard to understand through the heavy vocal distortion. Otherwise the production values are pretty good and the music and effects help the story.

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