Reviewed By: mrsaxon
Review 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!