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Reviewed By: MTLReview Date: 7/11/16 7:38 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A nice entertaining story with Brewster and Belfrage (or to be specific, Rory Kinnear's performance which lifts a fairly simple character into someone far more interesting) the highlights and the only things that would bring me to re-listen to this story. Nothing wrong with it particularly, but it is quite run of the mill (pun not intended) with solid performances and script supported by Big Finish's typically excellent sound design. Not a lot more else to say but I hope I don't sound too dismissive of what is ultimately a straightforward, up-and-down bit of fun.
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Reviewed By: MTLReview Date: 8/5/14 5:57 pm
3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Big Finish's fairly recent switch to '3 part + 1 part story' to '4 one part stories' suggests a realisation that they are very adept at using the short 30 minute story form to tell incredibly versatile tales.

This story is almost entirely told through phone calls between Lauren and the Doctor, but rather than being a neat structural device, the story uses it to capture how their relationship develops over time. The structure exploits the audio medium brilliantly but it also allows the actors to shine.

Baker is as great as always but he gets to explore new areas much as the Doctor does. Phone calls are not his forte, he admits, so it is fascinating to see him realise how important these calls are for Lauren. Speaking of which, she is brilliantly written by Robson and executed fantastically by Kate Brown. She could easily be a companion and, personally, I'm still hoping for a much delayed sequel.

The story might be slight but the characters are brilliantly crafted and brought to life, so that it is ultimately a very enjoyable story.
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Reviewed By: MTLReview Date: 8/5/14 5:49 pm
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A head scrambling story that gets right under the skin. The Viyrans are a fantastic creation and their voice brilliantly aids in something/someone that is the definition of clinical.

While the Doctor isn't given a lot to do, Bryant really shines as the proto-lead especially as Bryant is mostly in dialogue driven scenes that requires strong performances. In these scenes, Peri is put through hell but we also sympathise with her frustration as she tries to work out what is going on.

As a consequence of the short running time, there is plenty of mystery left once the tale is finished, but this is played with by the story itself as it pre-empts Moffat's non-chronological method of story telling and thus creates a gripping play.

Now I can see why there is so much excitement for future Viyran stories as this story offers such scope in a short amount of time.
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Reviewed By: MTLReview Date: 8/2/14 3:13 pm
2 out of 4 found this review helpful.

This a nice story with interesting ideas that are well developed but is severely limited by its short running time. This would work much better as a four parter as it would flesh out the characters more and potentially make the story less convoluted.

As it is, the actors are given bare bones to perform with and do as good a job as they can. The bizarre mishmash of imagery in the second half is entertaining but lacks any impact as the story seems to run on the spot as it spouts exposition.

A disappointment but not one with a bitter taste. To develop the analogy, it's a mint - nothing special but not totally worthless.

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