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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 10/18/18 11:09 pm
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What I found most interesting in this release was that Gareth Thomas sounded so much like John Hurt in the later recording of the Invisible Man. There was great acting in this one and some very scary moments as well. I think perhaps the audio medium adds to the tension purely because the listener must imagine the position of the invisible man. We are at the same disadvantage as Leela and the Doctor.

Well written and acted.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 10/15/18 10:31 pm
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To begin with, the cover image itself is a work of art. A lone ultra-light over a sea of ice while the maw of a frozen wirrn protrudes through the surface. This is enough to tell us what to expect: A cold isolated environment with the threat of one of the monsters of Dr Who legend.

The story does begin slowly and the writer allows us to believe in the threat of isolation and the wirrn, but as we progress, we learn a far more sinister enemy is at play. Not so much a physical enemy as a conceptual one. There is a mystery to solve before the Doctor can truly understand the threat he faces as the histories of the Buchman family are slowly revealed.

William Gallagher has only a small portfolio of stories, but it is a good one. He has made an effort to write well for Flip, which shows especially with his later story, Scavenger.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 10/11/18 12:45 am
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It is always a pleasure to hear Ian McNiece reprising his role as Churchill. Totally illogical that he'd have had so much contact with the Doctor, but thinking about that would take away from the fun.

Great to have Liv Chenka back. Nicola has made her a great character.

We also have Gyuri Sarossy and Laurence Dobiesz playing two Polish fighter pilots looking for adventure and revenge.

The story itself was pretty simple, but that allowed the characters to take the spot light.

The other big bonus of the episode, is that although it is a single episode in its own right, midway through was a perfect cliff hanger.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 10/10/18 3:33 am
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In many ways this was mediocre fare. The plot involving an entertainment broadcast messing with reality, drawing the TARDIS in is not particularly innovative. It lead to some fun and that is good.

Where this shines is Martin Hutson who plays the actor that plays the villain. Two roles, until the villain gets copies of himself from other releases of the movie. Initially the villain, Lord Krarn is poorly designed and lacks motivation. When this gets explained to him by Flip, he enters a deep introspective mood which is very character defining. It asks questions, not just about people but about writing characters. As the plot evolves this adds complexity as the four characters played by one actor have various differences and once they start interacting with each other the story soars to a new level.

That the rest of the story was a little tired and bland, was actually quite good, as it made room for the highlights of the story to shine.

Unfortunately Flip was present for less than half the story, which put a bit of a damper on things.

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