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176. Starlight Robbery

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Reviewed By: joehurl89Review Date: 9/1/17 12:22 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Continuing from Persuasion, this story is funnier and continues the plotline from the previous story.

The Persuasion machine and it's inventor is up for auction, with some fine acting performances by the supporting cast, including Garandel, and Siv, and the action that Will gets into, I really enjoyed the story.

The sound effects were all right, not the best, but I could understand most of the story, the Sontarans were a threat, which surprised me, because they started the story off as comic relief. A couple of lines about the swagger stick had me belling laughing. And in the extra interviews Dan Starkey gave a lot of credit to the original actor playing the Linx and Styre, and by the way, you would never know Starkey played all the Sontarans if they hadn't have told you so.

Klein becoming more like 7 is apparent in the later scenes of this story, as she lies to Will about Siv's fate. I didn't see that fate coming, so even I can be surprised from time to time, though the scene was rather anti-climatic, she could have died better.

Now onto the daleks.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/10/17 1:12 am
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Starlight Robbery follows up on Persuasion as the Doctor sends Klein and Will Arrowsmith undercover to get the persuasion machine and its inventor out of a high value weapon's auction.

This story has some great things to commend particularly in the first half as the auction makes for a nice bit of satire with Stuart Milligan doing his best Paul Lynde impersonation bringing back the character of Garundel who's running the auction.

I also have to admire the story's take on the Sontarans. It gives them a solid presentation, both the virtues of them as well as their less attractive qualities. It treats the Sontarans with utmost seriousness, which is rarity.

The plot has some good twists along the way. However, I think it struggles with tone. While in Persuasion, Will Arrowsmith came off as awkward but a bit of a genius, here he's just more awkward. The second half had a few moments that dragged as well as some that seemed tonally discordant. Still, this is an enjoyable story that does a good job setting the stage for the finale.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 12/23/15 7:35 am
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'Starlight Robbery' written by Matt Fitton is the second in a trilogy of stories about the persuasion machine that began with 'Persuasion' and ended with 'Daleks Among Us'. The experienced hands of director Ken Bentley and Howard Carter handling the soundtrack help to create a clear presentation of Fitton's script. Once again, the casting is impeccable and the performances assured.

The war with the Rutans continues unabated, but the strident Sonatarans are struggling, so much so that they are forced to investigate other avenues to exert dominance over the opponents. Meanwhile Garundel, the Urodelian swindler, is planning a massive auction of weaponry, including the Persuasion Machine, the brain of its creator Kurt Schalk and the body as an optional extra. The Doctor, Will and Klein decide to infiltrate the auction with a view to obtaining the remains of Schalk and his machine.

The thing that impresses me about this story isn't just that it's entertaining straight from the word go, but also, the structure. Fitton sets up a scenario that gathers some of the biggest cutthroats in the 'Doctor Who' universe in one place packed with arms, grudges and rivalries, which inevitably leads to mayhem and gun battles, but thanks to the direction, writing and light touch in the sound department never descends into the chaotic cacophony of other productions. There are double-crosses and double-double-crosses as the advantage swings back and forth, yet it is all so easy to follow. I also really liked the idea of the Venusian gambit; I thought that was a natty little idea.

Like most shopping expeditions, things start off quite light-hearted but turn violent later. There is a sad fate for one of the characters which is bitter and touching, but I can't really see what it adds to the story or characters as not all the characters are aware of what happened and that character just seems to get forgotten as things move on. Unless, there is some sort of follow through to a latter story I am unaware of? Despite the change in tone, this all feels quite melodramatic and a gripping pacey romp that is way above average.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 5/17/15 4:57 am
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Well we have the second of the three instalments of the Doctor number 7 and Klein and perhaps Arrowsmith (we can live in hope that he gets the chop in this release). We moved on a pace now with the Persuasion device being in the hands of an arms dealer or as I like to think of him in my head, the sort of Del Boy of space in the shape of Garundel the Kermit of the Universe when it comes to selling guns to the cash rich mercenary. The Doctor and Klein and Arrowsmith set off, little do we realise that the Doctor is going to setup the Klein as the unwilling patsy to go into the auction for the Persuasion device and steal it away, the only issue is that this device has now got the interest of the Sontaran's as well as all the others that want the upper hand in any intergalactic wars that they are fighting at this time, so negotiations are going to be tough. The main thing I found with this was that we really get a insight into the Doctor who is not the cuddly warm Doctor perhaps of his other incarnation, the umbrella man is a lot more darker and sinister and you certainly get the feeling that he uses some companions more like he is playing a game of chess, and, as the plan of what he intends all plotted out in his cavernous mind. That said this is head and shoulders above the previous instalment of this three part story arc. The characters held within add much more weight to the whole thing. I love the Sontarans as well, they add Dr Who Credo to anything as bonafide baddies, and they are as ever wonderfully played by Dan Starkey, and he plays them as they should be bad, wonderful stuff. This is vast improvement in both production, direction and just general story telling.

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