Stories:
2849
Members:
725
Submitted Reviews:
7910
Reviewers:
338
Reviews By mrsaxon
# Reviews:
9
# Ratings:
456
Avg Rating:
7

Latest Community Reviews

From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
8
Plot Rating:
8
Acting Rating:
8
Replay Rating:
8
Effects Rating:
8
Has Prerequisite(s):
Yes
Reviewed By: mrsaxonReview Date: 1/28/19 8:45 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

I went into this story with fairly low expectations as I’m not a huge fan of the Ice Warriors. However, i thought this was very enjoyable. The return of Lucy especially, but also the Monk, really lifted this one.

But it was the ethical underpinning which did it for me. The Doctor rejects outright utilitarian bean counting when it comes to saving lives. Despite being bullied on numerous occasions, he refuses to trade-off one set of lives for another. His fear of becoming a tyrant and having to use some sort of survival exchange rate when deciding who to save are reason enough. But it also makes sense for a man who constantly has to make such decisions about life and death. Better to have a set of values (all life is worthy) and stick to it, rather than constantly wrestle with a calculus of who should live and die. Perhaps the Doctor is a little more Kantian than Benthamite?

Don’t be put off my amateurishly philosophphical ramblings! Morris deals with these issues deftly, and they nicely underpin rather than overwhelm the story.
From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
8
Plot Rating:
7
Acting Rating:
9
Replay Rating:
8
Effects Rating:
8
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: mrsaxonReview Date: 1/4/19 8:47 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

I shan’t repeat what others have already so eloquently expressed. In short, this story really does capture the essence of an early 1970s UNIT story.

I will though, add my view to the Tim Treloar discussion. I do find it odd when I hear people say that at times he doesn’t sound like Jon Pertwee. Well, he isn’t Jon Pertwee! I think what is extraordinary is that he sometimes DOES sound very much like Pertwee, and for me sufficiently so to be able to close my eyes and melt into the story without it jarring.

Listening to the extras, the work Treloar has put into this is obvious and what he has achieved is excellent.
From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
8
Plot Rating:
9
Acting Rating:
7
Replay Rating:
8
Effects Rating:
7
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: mrsaxonReview Date: 11/26/18 3:36 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

If you enjoy alternate histories, and stories about the Cold War, then there’s a good chance you will enjoy this one. I’m a sucker for both. Unlike one of my fellow reviewers, I liked the fact that Red Planets kept the mysteries going for as long as it did - there were three main strands to this, and the frequent flipping between them worked for me. In short, I think the concepts were strong, and in an era when the current show is accused of being ‘left wing’, it was nice to have a story about the threat of Communism - after all, the entire run of the classic series was made during the Cold War.

However, there are a number of negatives. Both the dialogue and characterisation are a little clunky, and the three story worlds are under-explored. The Mel subplot could’ve been better used to uncover the alternate world of 2017, and what better place to explore than Berlin 1961? Arguably, the whole Cold War and alternate history are simply a backdrop rather than worlds in themselves, and this is a great shame. I enjoyed the Ace subplot, but thought that Mel was poorly written. Her interactions with the Doctor made it seem like they’d only just met.

The negatives would normally be sufficient for me to score a story lower - and I get why others might not agree with me. However, I liked the setting and the plot moved along at a nice pace. Worth a listen!
From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
5
Plot Rating:
4
Acting Rating:
7
Replay Rating:
3
Effects Rating:
7
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: mrsaxonReview Date: 10/28/18 2:35 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

I liked the concepts which underpinned this story, but the story itself was a little bit dull. In particular, the final episode is overly-long and drags somewhat. The antagonist was the usual shouty, power-hungry type of chap which we've seen many times before, and nothing new was added here. "I DEMAND your loyalty" and all that business.


It was also a bit odd that the Doctor seemed rather pleased with the notion that one day the Draconian Empire would be rebuilt - a rather unDoctorish notion I would've thought.

Community

?>