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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/12/18 3:48 am
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The Doctor, Roz, and Chris land on a planet where robot representatives of two armies continue to battle one another even while all but a handful of the planet was wiped out.

I found myself enjoying this story quite a bit for several reasons. First, the episode's set-up of killer robots fighting on for sides that, for all intents and purposes no longer exist is about perfect Cartmell plan anti-War story.

At the same time, the Companions and Doctor spend most of the episode separated from each other, and this is used to give good effect is given a chance to shine. There were all several guest characters that were quite likable, particularly green.

While there were a few off moments for the Doctor, particularly when McCoy uses the most irritating voice he does, this story was actually a lot of fun.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/12/18 1:16 am
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This is an adaptation of stories from Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles that tries to work as a complete narrative. The best part of this is a core story of about twenty minutes where Derek Jacobi plays the Captain of a spaceship that arrives on Mars after prior expeditions have been killed by the Martians. However, those prior Earthmen left behind germs which killed the Martians. Hayley Atwell plays a member of the crew who becomes disgusted with her crewmates and their lack of respect for Mars and the culture of its inhabitants. She identifies with the Martians to the point that she goes to war with the crew. It's a good story and Jacobi and Atwell are both great in it.

After that though, the production kind of meanders as it tries to string together bits of different short stories, as well as some subpar material which seems to be new to unique release, and it doesn't work at all. The entire production is 70 minutes and a bit of a mess. Colonial Radio Theater in Boston did what I think was the definitive audio dramatization of this collection and it ran for five and a half hours. This version didn't have to be that long, but at 70 minutes, it was never going to be anything other than very choppy despite a couple very good performances.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/8/18 5:43 am
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The Doctor, Roz, and Chris land on a planet where they've adopted the culture of their conquerors and have very specific laws on time travel, and., for breaking them, the TARDIS is arrested.

This story's greatest strength is also its greatest weakness. Writer Andy Lane has done a great job world-building and the result is a very different alien world with different cultures and norms to Earth, as well as a lot of different technological ideas for how time travel works. THe downside to this is that the story spends a lot of time expositing on all the different aspects of this world and that makes other parts of the story be compressed. Still, the ideas are clever enough that this is still a net positive, particularly with the twist ending. But given that we're only going to spend 55 minutes in this world, the story could have been more effective with less information and more character moments.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/8/18 5:33 am
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The Doctor and Steven arrive on a colony ship that somehow manages to strand the TARDIS. Steven befriends a young woman, and when she's roped into what appears to be a cruel religious ceremony Steven comes to the rescue much to the Doctor's Chagrin. This story manages to take the same tone and of, "The Massacre" (which this story is just set before) and bring it to space. The result is a story that feels very much like 1960s SciFi Adventure very well-done.

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