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Reviewed By: mrsaxonReview Date: 3/31/19 1:35 pm
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I went into this one wondering why it had such a low rating. After all, it was advertised as being set in the Spanish Civil War, with the odd zombie or two thrown in. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, the story itself isn’t great and the aliens are ill-defined and a bit dull. But the biggest problem here is that virtually nothing is done with the setting. The story is not at all about the Spanish Civil war, which is a huge waste of a fascinating but desperately tragic chapter for Europe. The story could’ve been set anywhere in any time, and Spain ends up being a mere backdrop.

Finally, I do wonder at the Doctor’s apparent joy at the end of the story and the line about the ‘inspiration’ of history. The world is about to enter into its most destructive war in its history, and one would’ve expected a dark, brooding, seventh Doctor to have made some reference to this. Instead, we are left picturing him about to find and play a set of spoons which is a tad jarring to say the least.
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Reviewed By: mrsaxonReview Date: 3/20/19 11:38 pm
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i did not enjoy this. Sorry folks.
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Reviewed By: mrsaxonReview Date: 1/28/19 8:45 am
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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.
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Reviewed By: mrsaxonReview Date: 1/4/19 8:47 am
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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.

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