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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/25/17 2:27 pm
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Not one of Troughton's best stories and certainly not Robert Holmes script, but it's still a pretty good story. The pacing is great for the era, the first episode in particular moved at a very solid clip. The principals really do hold this story together with Zoe and the Doctor getting some fine moments, and Jamie spending half the story on his own and doing his own thing.

The story illustrates Jamie's strength of character. He's not a "High Brain" and therefore irrelevant to the Krotons' schemes, but his own native intelligence carries far and makes him a foe.

The idea of the Krotons' scheme is actually both pretty clever and pretty stupid. On one hand, the idea of using learning machines to control a population and let them learn what's useful to and forbid them from learning anything else is a diabolical way to enslave a people for a thousand years. However, because the purpose of this is to get home, their scheme is a bit stupid because they need "High Brains" to operate their ship and get them home and from a natural selection standpoint, they're making it hard for that to happen. It's foolish but in a realistic way compared to real life dictators.

The design for the Krotons is not all that great and the limitations on their movements makes them less then fearsome foe. There are few wooden performances among the guest cast. Still, it's an enjoyable and well-paced sci fi story.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/25/17 2:15 pm
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The story begins with a solid character-driven piece that finds the Doctor, Liv, and Helen trapped in a life boat in the vortex sailing to the end of time. It's a good story that focuses on who this TARDIS crew is. Doom Coalition 3 also started with a more character driven story in, "Absent Friends," and what works with starting a box set with that when you're invested in the characters is that you can take an episode to explore the characters without feeling like the narrative is being interrupted.

The story gives the characters space to work out issues that have been coming up throughout the entire series, most notably in the last box set. This story works and each actor carries their weight, although I think Nicola Walker delivers the strongest performance of them all.

The story's biggest problem is that the stakes are so high in this that the conversations about giving up and acceptance really don't come off as believable. It's hard to buy that any of them would accept floating through space until they get sweet oblivion at the end of time. Still, other than that, it's a solid exploration of a very good TARDIS crew.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/25/17 1:20 pm
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Vicki and the Doctor stumle through a mysterious shadowy land searching for Steven and fleeing from space pirates. The story has great atmosphere, as well as a solid plot twist.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/24/17 3:07 am
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The Ravelli Conspiracy is a solid historical with comic undertones in the style of the Romans that finds the Doctor, Vicki, and Steven in Florence. The story finds the TARDIS crew caught up in the struggles of the Medici family (including People Leo X) and the infamous Machiavelli’s attempts to regain power.

The story mixes comedy with a great of political intrigue. The Doctor ultimately has to match wits with Machiavelli and it makes for a very fun story. The story is well-acted and generally well-written.The only real issue is the characterization of Pope Leo, whose entire outlook on the big issue in the story changes very abruptly in Episode Three.

Still, this is an interesting story that ranks right up with the best of the Doctor Who historicals.

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