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Reviewed By: Tim90Review Date: 12/5/15 10:50 pm
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One of the strongest series of Doctor Who since its 2005 revival comes to a close with "Hell Bent";, following hot on the heels of the astonishing and innovative "Heaven Sent". With the Doctor returning to Gallifreyan soil for the first time since the Time War, and having waited the entire time span of the universe to get there, we were guaranteed an exciting story, right?

Well, no actually. "Hell Bent" is an absolute mess of a story. You wouldn't think it possible that a story involving Gallifrey, the Matrix, the end of the universe, Time Lords, a Regeneration, Weeping Angels, a Dalek, A Cyberman, an original Tardis interior, and the wrapping up of several story arcs, could be this boring.

That's not to say there aren't any good ideas here, but they're nearly all swept under the carpet in favour of Clara's story, which as far as I'm concerned should have come to an end with "Face the Raven". The Cloister Wraiths could have been a brilliantly scary invention, but we only ever get one close up shot of one of the creatures. Then we find ourselves in a position where the Doctor has deposed and exiled the President and Founder of Gallifrey, overthrown the High Council, and taken the presidency for himself. This should have shaken the series to its very core, and had serious ramifications for years to come. But, no. It's forgotten about almost as soon as it's mentioned. I don't know about other viewers, but I'd far rather see the Time Lords, leaderless and lost at the end of creation itself, struggling to survive, than seeing Clara's exit dragged out in the most ridiculous way possible. Yes folks, Clara has finally become the Doctor, going on the run with a stolen Tardis. Yuck.

This could have been a classic. All the elements were there, particularly following the excellence of "Heaven Sent". But ultimately, "Hell Bent" represents one of the worst drops in quality between episodes since "Caves of Androzani" was followed by "The Twin Dilemma" (or perhaps since "The Satan Pit" was followed by "Love and Monsters").
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Reviewed By: Tim90Review Date: 10/7/13 3:47 pm
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Where it all began for Jago & Litefoot, on audio at least. A genuine classic and one that I can't recommend highly enough. It's hard to believe that the two lead actors hadn't played the parts for over thirty years, as they slip back into their old roles so easily. It's essentially a sneaky pilot for the spin off series that would follow, and indeed the machinations of Dr Tulp would be an important point of the first series of J&L. The Mahogany Murderers can be listened to in isolation however and if you've never given J&L a go then I recommend you start here before forking out for a box set.
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Reviewed By: Tim90Review Date: 8/4/13 12:46 pm
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The Destiny of the Doctor series reaches the 8th Doctor with this release, written by Alan Barnes and featuring Charley Pollard from the Big Finish 8th Doctor audios. Alan Barnes was the obvious choice to write the 8th Doctor's installment, seeing as he wrote the first ever 8th Doctor audio (Storm Warning) and created the character of Charley. Don't worry if you've never heard any of the Big Finish audios though, there's enough information given in Enemy Aliens for you to understand who Charley is and where she comes from. There's also the booklet which comes with the CD of course, which gives a short summary of the 8th Doctor and Charley's travels together. For those of you who are familiar with the Big Finish audios, this adventure takes place sometime before "Time of the Daleks" and fits seamlessly into that wonderful period of adventures spanning "Storm Warning" to "Embrace the Darkness".

The story itself is rather a good one. Essentially Alan Barnes has taken this opportunity to write the Doctor Who version of John Buchan's "The 39 Steps". If you're familiar with Buchan's novel then there are plenty of things which should feel familiar to you here, from a memory man being assasinated on stage to the main character fleeing to Scotland after being wrongly suspected of murder. Of course this being Doctor Who there are aliens involved behind the scenes, and this is perhaps the one point on which the story falls flat. The aliens don't really put in an appearance until very near the end of the story, so we never get to understand much about them or what their motives are. Luckily the rest of the story more than makes up for this.

India Fisher puts in a superb performance as the narrator and gets to play far more than just Charley. Enemy Aliens tasks India Fisher with playing everything from two incarnations of the Doctor to a Scottish Priest, a task which she rises to admirably. It would have been nice to have heard the 11th Doctor contacting the 8th Doctor in a full cast audio, but it's such a wonderful idea that it's still a joy to listen to even when there's only one person providing the narration.

This was the first Destiny of the Doctor audio I listened to, so I can assure you that there's no need to have heard any of the other releases in the series to understand Enemy Aliens. It's not a story that's going to set the world on fire, but it is a cracking good Doctor Who story.
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Reviewed By: Tim90Review Date: 6/11/13 7:17 pm
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Fear is the second part of the first series of Cyberman. Following on from the events of Scorpius, Fear seems to take a left turn at the beginning with the first 10 minutes dedicated to following an android agent who made only a fleeting appearence at the beginning of Scorpius. I have to admit that I was expecting Fear to follow on directly from the cliffhanger at the end of Scorpius but it is made clear that several months have passed since then. As in Scorpius the use of the Cybermen is minimal but this really serves to make it all the more dramatic when they do appear. Fear for the most part focuses on the character of Liam Barnaby the Chief of Earths Armed Forces as he gets increasingly suspicious of the mysterious Paul Hunt. What works really well is the way in which every other character makes Barnaby seem paranoid when he is actually the only person who can see through Hunt.

I can highly recommend the second part of Cyberman and I eagerly anticipate hearing part three.

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