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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 12/14/18 1:13 am
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River Song has developed really well as a character in audio and has become far more interesting than on TV. Alex Kingston enjoys the role and really plays her well.
Josh Bolt plays Spod in a way that brings echoes of Alan Tudyk as K-2SO. He is having fun and I think Matt Fitton enjoyed creating the character.

As an opening story in the set, this creates a pathway for adventure that promises to be a great ride.

Maybe it was my stereo, but I found the effects were louder than the dialogue and distractingly so. Otherwise great release.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 12/11/18 12:33 am
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We have three stories in this, all set in alternate realities.

The Doctor and Mel are in 2017 communist London while Ace goes it alone in East Berlin in 1961. As these go on, a mission is landing on Mars. While the Doctor is interested in this, he isn't really involved.

I found it hard to relate to the settings as I was just waiting for the key event to be found and for reality to be unwound. There were a lot of pieces to sift through and with 3 story lines I had to wait to hear what key event linked them.

Ace's story line is very dark and close to known history in East Berlin.
The Doctor and Mel have a story that is a pale interpretation of that, so the two stories don't quite fit together. The 2017 setting just doesn't have the same bite to it. It also lack the obvious technological advances that should have taken place, especially in the security field.

This is the most complex story that Una McCormack has written for Big Finish; she understands the genre and has written a great story for Ace.

I also thought the cover picture was one of the better ones, especially placing Ace front and centre.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 12/6/18 11:44 pm
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David Harewood narrates the story very well. He has a great voice and he knows the characters well enough to portray them.

There is some finesse in the writing as well. It begins with a chaotic battle which I struggled to follow. This was likely by design as it was also too busy for Robin to follow and that is clever.

The plot beyond that point is mostly predictable, with Tuck and Robin having some serious moments of introspection before the inevitable ending.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 12/2/18 11:14 pm
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Tom Baker plays his doctor perfectly as he journeys without an assistant. There is an over the top setoff characters that he meets and works with, all of which turns one of the modern doctor's most terrifying enemies and gives us some fun. This makes it typical of the 4th doctor's era where horror could be mixed with light hearted fun and then roll into heavy drama.

It does have its flaws though.
Counting the shadows in audio doesn't really work.
Seeing the lights go out in audio doesn't really work.
Having someone's bones stripped in seconds in audio doesn't really work.
All of these things require us to have seen Silence in the library, which is okay. The brief is old doctors, new monsters so it can be assumed listeners have watched new who.

It begins with the characters not knowing it is the Vashta Nerada, while obviously the audience does makes their reveal a little hollow. The thing that takes that idea and turns it on its head is that the Doctors knows the Vashta Nerada already and what he knows about their past is different to what we know. This adds a twist and a powerful one that changes the morals and ethics that must be addressed in the decisions making processes that follow. This takes good drama and turns it to great drama.

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