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181. Afterlife

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 5/29/15 1:45 pm
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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.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 2/19/14 4:10 am
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Was this what I expected? no. Usually that's an issue for me, but this time it was a very good surprise.

The first part was exactly as advertised. Ace forces the Doctor to visit Hex's Nan. He has to tell her of Hex's death, though he carefully avoids mention of Cassie's.

The Doctor is reunited with Sally and Ace gets dragged into a gangland brawl that reminds me of Reggie the Gent from way back in Project Twilight.

Once you hit the end of the second part, things do become predictable again, but the story is more about wondering when the main characters will figure it out and what they will do when that happens.

The players all have their voices right with the Doctor moving from melancholic to outraged to manipulative and fitting in a few other emotions and the odd NuWhu reference.

Ultimately this is top stuff, but would be without value to those who have not been following Hex's story.
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Reviewed By: dizcostu007Review Date: 12/27/13 6:55 pm
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It's hard to write this without spoilers. So will say the acting is great in it. It really does show the alien side of the doctor. The first episode especially is very powerful and wildly different from much else we've seen in Dr who. It's just the ending that lets it down (that's excluding Sylvester's epic bit at the end).