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181. Afterlife

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Reviewed By: LorcanReview Date: 4/14/19 3:20 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The first part of this story is set entirely in the tardis with ace letting out her anger at the doctor over the death of hex. There are some great moments in part 1 between ace and hex and it really lets us see how the death of their friend has affected the both of them. After part 1 the doctor visits hexs' nan to inform her about her grandsons death, jean boht is an absolute highlight as hexs nan and gives an excellent performance.

The doctor organises a memorial for hex while ace gets caught up in a gang war and is surprised to find one of the gangsters who is a nightclub owner looks just like hex. This story does a really good job of showing how our characters deal with grief and how the death of hex has affected them all in different ways. The gangster side of things was a bit meh but the character work really made up for it. Theres a particular scene in part 4 where mccoy gives one of his best performances as the doctor and delivers a really chilling and badass speech.

I'm not too sure how i feel about hex coming back but it's certainly an interesting way to take the story and i'm excited to hear how the next trilogy of hex stories pans out.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/19/19 3:53 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

In Afterlife, the Doctor and Ace deal with the aftermath of Hex's death. After a first episode which was mostly Ace venting her anger at the Doctor and the Doctor trying to explain his own perspective, Ace demands the Doctor return home and inform Ace's grandmother of his death.

The story has some great dramatic moments and the Doctor is placed in some very uncomfortable moments, and the story spends a decent amount of its running time processing Hex, which does give the event a significant amount of weight and it's interesting to see how everyone deals with that.

At the same time, there's a mystery that beings when Ace intervenes on behalf of an elderly woman and gets weirder the more we learn about it. If I had one complaint, it's that the activities of the elder gods in all this doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

The acting is marvelous with Jean Boht making an outstanding guest star as Hex' Grandmother, and McCoy turns in one of his strongest performances as the Doctor. Afterlife also features one of the best "I am the Doctor" moments Big Finish has ever done.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 5/29/15 1:45 pm
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

In the excellent Gods and Monsters we hear that HEX as given his life so that the Doctor and Ace can survive. However we learn that a part of another version of HEX as survived, so is his story truly over. We pick the story up with ACE non to happy with the Doctor and his almost complete lack of compassion at the death of HEX, the distraught ACE is not having any of this cold steel like compassion as forces the Doctor’s hand into doing the right thing, and, telling his family of his demise. This results in them returning to Liverpool to tell his grandmother the bad news. However it has a twist when it turns out that HEX is not dead, and he appears to be live and well and living amongst his fellow scoucers, albeit in the shape of a gang leader of a rather undesirable bunch of thugs. So what of the new HEX is he the same or different, well that we will have to see as the stories pan out. One thing is for sure, it will not be the same as before, the dynamic as changed, the Doctor is aware that things cannot and will not be the same, but for ACE the reality is outstripping the facts.

Toward the end of this McCoy who we all know and love for his darker portrayal of the character can sometimes come off as crass, and a little bit sinister playing people like pieces on a chess board, makes for me one of the most dramatic renditions of dialogue ever, it is one of those moments you will not forget. I dare you not to be impressed with his delivery of this. What we have as well is instead of a conclusion we have a twisted continuation. As ever with Who universe what will the new character bring into play only time will tell.

Superb, moving and at times beguiling from Fitton here, as there is a re-invention taking place of a new character from the ashes of an old one.
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Reviewed By: RyanOM1991Review Date: 3/7/14 7:45 pm
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Innovative and unpredictable, but occasionally erratic.

Afterlife takes a while to get going but gets to the juicy two-handed scenes between the Doctor and Ace within the first episode. It's well written and engaging, but the way it's performed seems just a touch too petulant at times on Ace's part. Considering how much she's developed as a character, this is slightly hard to swallow.

But then things hit their stride as as she tortures the Doctor with silence. Her reactions become much more mature and genuine and things really improve. And then we end up in Liverpool, where events just don't seem as involving as they should be. It's probably due to the fact that a lot of it is dialogue that seems to be set up to introduce new characters. Hex's grandmother, on the other hand, is fantastic and very easy to listen to. Her reactions to the Doctor and entirely believable and justified in the context.

And so things continue to fluctuate with some wonderful aspects (the mystery of the local gangster's identity, the seemingly indestructible villains and the climax) interspersed with less successful ones (the flat characterisation of the local DI, a slow pace that lacks tension and engagement in the second episode and the occasional voice performance that doesn't sound as convincing as it should).

Ace's sudden lack of grief when she meets Mr Spoiler doesn't seem credible. Yes, he reminds her of the friend she lost, but Ace doesn't seem like the sort of heroine who instantly returns to normal when she meets someone who resembles her loved one. Consequently, her fury at the Doctor becomes less founded in genuine anger but more in childish petulance, which just doesn't sit right for the matured Ace.

But the Doctor's role at the climax lifts it to soaring heights. McCoy gives a searing performance and the Doctor is dangerous again. A hero who is to be feared. No wooden performances here - just a heartfelt one that balances neatly between realism and drama. That scene alone stands as the one of the best characterisations of the Doctor in recent years.

All in all, a good listen that lacks replay value but is a must for fans of the McCoy arc who are seeking some closure.