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Reviewed By: SeblemReview Date: 2/10/19 5:32 pm
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

PSA: Spotify is missing the last track (7) of the 4th part! It's about a minute long without the outro. If you want, you can buy it on Big Finish for 2.99$

Now onto my review:

I didn't enjoy either story very much and listening to a story you dislike feels for some reason worse than watching one. I mostly explain why I particularly disliked the first in this review because I was dozing off a bit for the 2nd as I had no investment left at all. The 2nd story suffers from many of the same issues anyway.

I don't think this story is ever funny. The meta jokes are awful and I really can't stand the throwaway lazy jokes about current issues. It just feels cheap and embarassing when they talk about how people can be tracked down now via Internet or how something sounds like "science fiction". It makes me groan even more than the rest of the cheesy dialogue.

Nimrod is just sooo boring. He has no redeeming qualities, he's never shown to be especially clever. I don't understand why this is a recurring character.

Everyone's acting is sooo over the top. So much screaming and sobbing. it's just too much.
They tackled grief and experiencing death so well just 2 episodes ago in Doctor Who and the Pirates. Here it's just melodrama. Evelyn is crying her eyes out and we get one cheesy line after another.

6: " I don't always win"
Eve: "You can’t always make everything better with a cup of cocoa and a slice of cake!"

I love Evelyn and I can really sympathize with her but here nothing feels real or earned. It's the same with all the gore and torture(it shares this problem especially with its predecessor Project: Twilight). I don't mind it but I think it's a waste of time if it's just there to be there.

The whole thing feels to me like someone let a 12 year old edit the script to give it more edge. I can't stand it!

I've added some recommendations for stories, where I think they handled grief or the Doctor losing better.
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Reviewed By: SeblemReview Date: 2/10/19 3:46 pm
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The introduction and the ending especially are amazing. I love it when the show explores time travel. I didnt like Jo very much here and some bits in beteen felt a bit slow but the satisfying finish elevated the whole story for me to one of my favorites from the 3rd doctor.
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Reviewed By: SeblemReview Date: 2/10/19 3:37 pm
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This was the first story I listened to and back then I really had trouble following the plot. Next time I listen to the story it'll probably be a 9/10 or a 10/10 but I don't think it's the best introduction story for someone completely new to the medium and for that purpose I give it a 7/10 because even then, I could really appreciate the acting and certain plot elements.

Better introduction stories in my opinion are:

MR6: The Marian Conspiracy

The Tenth Doctor Adventure

MR16: Storm Warning
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Reviewed By: SeblemReview Date: 1/22/19 5:11 pm
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This is the first Big Finish adventure that really disappointed me

I'll start with the positive:
I really enjoyed Darwin at first and I always enjoy Evelyn Smythe and this Doctor and I really like it when Evelyn gets to explore history further.

Darwin got on my nerves about halfway in, hitting us over the head with evolution > creator myth which is true of course, but it gets very very old. Also, I think this is the first time I was really just taken out of the story because of acting but Jane Goddard as Greta was just really unconvincingly shrill and annoying and her accent was awful.

A very subjective point but the story didnt keep me engaged and I got bored after a while and the messaging of the piece just confused me. For that I want to highlight a specific scene

About one and a half minutes into part 4 Evelyn and the Doctor talk about the treatment of humans/apes under Silurian rule:

It is explained that the reason there is a missing link in human evolution,(which in our world doesn't exist) is because the Silurians genetically modified humans to be more productive food. This is compared to how humanity treats cattle, which in my opinion is a fine and reasonable although often explored metaphor in sci-fi, but it's also compared to the way humans are genetically modyfing crops and how those crops can spread out over the countryside and kill their rivals and therefore "taking over the world after turning your back for 5 minutes"

The second part is where it falls apart. The first homo sapiens existed at least 100,000 years ago so that's at least how old the Silurian gene modification must be. Humanity didn't start overcrowding places or hunting animals to extinction until in comparison to 100,000 years fairly recently and at that point, the story explains to us, the humans weren't at the evolutionary state they were 100,000 years ago anymore, since the new humans were able to resist the Silurians' mind powers.

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