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87. The Gathering

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 10/17/17 9:31 pm
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I suppose you could listen to this before you listen to The Reaping, but you should listen to them both together.

A lot of what I said about "The Reaping" applies to "The Gathering". It's bad. The drama is overwrought and unconvincing, and the story is underdeveloped and not very interesting.

The one exception is Tegan. The character is wonderfully well-written, and Janet Fielding gives an outstanding performance. At the time, this was understood to be a one-time-only opportunity. Of course, Fielding would eventually (and thankfully!) decide to return on a more permanent basis. But until "Cobwebs" was released four years later, this was it for Tegan.

And yes, on the one hand, it was a real shame that Tegan's only story was terrible. But Tegan is actually very well handled here. She's very believable. I like that she returned to an "ordinary" life, and that she's more-or-less happy with it. I like that this story avoids the cliche that ex-companions all lead heroic lives after leaving the TARDIS. I don't think Tegan was ever more believable or more relatable than she is here.

It's too bad that it all had to be shoe-horned into this continuity-driven nightmare.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 10/5/17 8:45 pm
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Other than serving to retroactively turn the Harvest into the last of a trilogy of stories along with the Reaping, this is a mostly unnecessary sequel to the Reaping, with the only hooks being unnecessary plot twists that harmed the prior story.

There are some good ideas and Tegan has a few good moments particularly in the second half. It'd be tempting to think that Tegan had become the worst side of her prior self, yet she does show having gained wisdom and experience throughout the story. There's also some shooting down of fan theories and some genuinely warm moments between her and the Doctor towards the end. It was supposed to be Janet Fielding's only Big Finish. Thankfully she changed her mind a few years later for Cobwebs, though as of now, this has to be considered the last story chronologically for Tegan.

The biggest problem with this is pacing. The first half of the story is told mostly in flashbacks of one character talking to a barman at the party with the story jumping backwards and forwards but never actually gaining any momentum until the end of the first half.

The guest characters are mostly annoying and uninteresting. The villain's plan is somewhat believable, and had the potential to be sinister, but it's not enough to make this any more than so-so listening.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 11/26/14 5:06 am
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The 5th Doctor is pushed back into his past with a meeting with Tegan. This is one where it would definitely be a plus to have listened to a previous adventure with Colin playing the Doctor in The Reaping in order to get the timeline and the story presented here with the 5th Doctor in sync. Peter is getting into his stride as the Doctor, he actually sounds like he is stretching his legs and making the part more his own than ever it where on T.V. He comes over commanding and owning the part, the direction of him as an actor seems to be loose and allows, the meeting of the Doctor with his old companion is a mixed mass of emotions, Tegan, now settled in her native Australia, in a relationship with a man who can love her back for whom she is, and running a successful company. However she his hiding a secret, from everyone. At her birthday party she reveals the secret to the Doctor, and the story starts to unravel, this is where the reference to the previous adventure is required.

There are some nice performances here, especially from Janet Fielding as Tegan, and also I personally liked Dait Abuchi as Tegan long suffering boyfriend as well, I think he played it perfectly. I like the way that this story, sort of ends the story arc and put to rest what happens after the end of The Reaping. First rate and a nice way to conclude.
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Reviewed By: jolyonReview Date: 12/26/12 6:11 pm
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When I first heard this story, it was thought to be a one off to get Janet Fielding back behind the microphone. To hear the story of the older Tegan needing the assistance of Doctor Chambers was a sad one, loaded with bitterness and played out with the only humour coming from her attacks on the Doctor and revealing that she wasn't in love with him. The love story has aged well, but now a few years on the novelty has worn off and the plot doesn't hold up so well. A great lead up to The Harvest though, with a nice range of accents to enjoy.