Stories:
2350
Members:
708
Submitted Reviews:
5849
Reviewers:
281
Reviews By adamelijah
# Reviews:
1014
# Ratings:
1081
Avg Rating:
7

Latest Community Reviews

From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
8
Plot Rating:
8
Acting Rating:
7
Replay Rating:
8
Effects Rating:
8
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/26/17 11:37 am
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Prisoners of Fate works on a number of levels. It begins with a superb concept with a mystery behind it as the Doctor and crew land on a world where a computer that can predict the future also arrests people for crimes that they are going to commit and convicts them before they do so. But it's also a time travel story, a story where Nyssa faces the consequences for her deception of the Doctor and the price is high...never being able to go home again.

Overall, the story works with a great sense of mystery and a payoff in the third episode that really is quite stunning. Each of the stories in this trilogy has tried to focus on one companion with a central conflict. This one with Nyssa was clearly the most effective. The story and the future of the galaxy hinge on a decision she makes. The story has a great sense of drama even while it neatly wraps up some loose plot threads that have been dangling for quite some time at Big Finish.

If the story has a fault, it's the final episode which feels a bit overstuffed and a little more convoluted and plays more time wimey tricks than are strictly necessary. Still, this is a very solid release and easily the best of the trilogy.
From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
6
Plot Rating:
6
Acting Rating:
7
Replay Rating:
6
Effects Rating:
6
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/22/17 11:23 am
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Subdued would be a good work for this story. Mel is transported back to 1782 from a party in the 21st Century by a mysterious metal interacting with the TARDIS and finds herself in 1781 where she's judged to be mentally unstable. The Doctor doesn't show up for several months in which she's mostly confined to bed.

This story has problems which many have noted, mainly that the plot is thin as far as what we expect from Doctor Who. It's essentially a historical in two places but even when compared to the traditional historical, it has little going on. However, the acting is quite good and while there's not a plot, there are a couple of interesting themes I think it explores. The idea of selfishness and self-interest entering into what should be acts of concern and compassion for others, both with Henry Hallum's aide to Mel, and the Housekeeper MacGregor's attempts to warn Henry off of Mel. In addition, there's something interesting that Mel spent six months as a drugged up prisoner, not as a subject of an evil alien race, but as the recipient of 18th century charity and hospitality.

So, while this isn't a favorite, there's something to be enjoyed, if you like something slower paced and less action packed, but with a bit of emotional reflection.

Other Recommendations

From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
7
Plot Rating:
7
Acting Rating:
8
Replay Rating:
7
Effects Rating:
7
Has Prerequisite(s):
Unsure
Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/21/17 12:51 pm
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Jago and Litefoot think they've returned home from their last adventure only to discover that while it may look like home, it's not their London at all. Ellie doesn't know them, having never seen the Professor before, and Quick has a somewhat distant professional relationship with Litefoot but doesn't know Jago at all.

Once you get past, the parallel reality part of the story, it becomes a well-done boiler plate episode of Jago and Litefoot with the Chapel of Night taking people who are about to commit suicide off the street and using for their own purposes. It's well done with some suspenseful moments, but just a typical tale for the infernal investigators.
From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
8
Plot Rating:
8
Acting Rating:
7
Replay Rating:
8
Effects Rating:
8
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/21/17 12:42 pm
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Jago, Litefoot, and Ellie are all having frighteningly realistic terrifying dreams while a Time Agent stalks London in search of the fate of Magnus Kreel.

The story has some moments reminiscent of other Jago and Litefoot tales. Bizarre dreams have been visited before back in Series 6, but this is a different sort of dream and here the attempts at psychoanalysis of dreams is played for laughs even though there's a measure of truth in it. This series does begin by hearkening back to the original Talons story, which was done in Series 5 but not nearly as effectively as in this episode.

The dreams really contribute to a sense of mystery that keeps you guessing and the solution to the mystery is quite surprising while still managing to be believably understandable for a clever Victorian gentleman to wrap his mind around.

Community

?>