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4.2 - The Queen of Time

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 2/12/18 5:49 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Another Lost Story from the final part of the Second Doctor era (like "Lords of the Red Planet"), 'Queen' is a mad story of sorts very similar in style, tone, and plot to the First Doctor story "The Celestial Toymaker". It has a very "Alice in Wonderland" feel to it in everything from atmosphere and setting all the way down to the main villainess Hecuba herself and her connection to an old Who foe. The soundscape is jarring and loud with lots of ticking clocks, loud bangs and whistles, and a creepy score with lots of schizophrenic high pitched notes that fit the story to a T. Hecuba's defining motif as the Queen of Time makes for some interesting moments and her personality as portrayed by Caroline Faber is like a weird fusion of the female Master, a 30's film star, and the Queen of Hearts. Faber plays the role like a disturbing child with a Saw-like edge and creepy laugh that really gives you the chills and she ends up being an extremely formidable villain to the Second Doctor. There's a very different dynamic between the two as Troughton was a much more moving and mischievous Doctor rather than how other Doctors I think would've played it and it makes the challenges and contests between the two a lot of fun to hear with Jamie and Zoe caught right in the middle. Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury are as great as ever in their narration and performances and it all makes this story work beautifully. With how things are described in details and what would've been shown, this is one that I wish we could've seen onscreen. I imagine it would've had a 'Mind Robber' feel to it but it's obvious that the production value would have been enormous to the point where it would've been easily out of range for the show at the time so I'm just glad we get to have it in the first place. Some of the individual elements do feel a bit odd as many random events and out of control moments don't seem to have a gelling theme or any real purpose to them (other than maybe to mess with your head). Some see these elements as a problem but it all makes it feel very surreal like you truly are in a discordant other world outside of the universe which I think that was the point. It's also extremely narratively familiar with the structure, style, and overall journey being one that's been treaded many times especially in other mediums and even in other Who stories. But 'Queen' is so interesting and performed so well and with such style that it didn't bother me too much. In short, I really enjoyed 'Queen of Time' more so than other Troughton stories I've heard. With great performances and some interesting style choices, it tickled a ton of my particular loves and interests that I'm willing to forgive it for a lot. However if you get irritated easily by overdone high pitched laughter and clock ticks or are not a fan of the overdone 'villain forces mains into playing games' storyline, then you may want to give this one serious thought before purchasing. 
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/10/15 10:54 pm
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I am glad this one never got made, as it sounds far too ambitious for a BBC TV production of that era. This was made for audio. The combination of Lisa Bowerman's direction and Toby Hrycek-Robinson's rich and vibrant soundscape is stimulating. Combined with the narration it makes the story, such as it is, easy to follow. Not that the narrative is complicated anyway. The riddles and puzzles usually have simple solutions but this was made for a younger audience. It reminds me off the sixties Batman TV series in that sense, with uncomplicated comic book like imagery.

For me Hecuba is the weak link in this - that and perhaps not having more off a story. Hecuba's girlish laughter and empty threats of slavery fail to intimidate. The idea of a character personifying time is a really nice idea, but her constant Ainley like laughing just makes her sound demented. There is a sequence where she eats a chicken leg at the Doctor, and I'm just thinking: Yeah, so?

I enjoyed this quite a bit actually, but then again I am a soft touch for post-modern beatnik off key stories. I can't help thinking of Patrick McGoohan's Prisoner. Yeah, 'Scherzo' and 'Solitaire' are better, but I like this - a lot.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/6/15 10:33 am
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

The Doctor, Zoe, and Jamie meet Hecuba, the Queen of Time, and she has an indigestible meal for the Doctor, and some games for the companions. Their job is to survive.

By nature of the story, this isn't something complex or extremely memorable. This is a simple 4-part Adventure tale that features a battle for survival against a villain who is mad as a hatter. And the success of such stories, often depends on who you have playing the villain. Thankfully Caroline Faber delivers the good as Hecuba. To borrow a phrase from the people at Riff Trax, "I don't enjoy anything as much as she enjoys being evil." Faber plays this vampish villain perfectly in a way that feels very appropriate to the era, and thus makes this thoroughly entertaining.

The adventure has some great moments and I wasn't bored at all during the nearly two hour running time.

The writing was fair to good. Television couldn't have portrayed the disgusting nature of Hecuba's feast nearly as well as audio did. On the negative side, I did find a few parts of the narration to be a tad tedious. I get that the narration has its place, but at times we get Adverb-laden descriptions of how characters feel when how they feel is quite obvious and could be better expressed through voice tone.

still, that was a minor complaint about what was a very fun story.
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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 2/3/14 12:42 pm
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

The Doctor encountering Hecuba, a god-like being living in a fantastical realm of clocks and time is just such a wonderful premise for a story and it is a real shame this one wasn't produced back in the day, as it would have made for a cracking adventure for this particular Tardis team.
There is quite a small cast of actors involved: Frazer Hines and Wendy Padbury reprise (of course) their television roles (with Hines also doing his legendary Troughton impression), plus they take it in turns to provide the ongoing narration. Hecuba, the only other character, is played by Caroline Faber, who presents an interesting contrast.
Faber has got a delightfully malicious mad laugh, which is very much suited to Hecuba, but it would have been more effective if she had employed it a little more sparingly. As it is, her laughter does become rather annoying by the end of the story. Still, whenever she is given some meaty dialogue to play (which is actually more often than not) she manages to go from maniacal to angry to flirtatious and back again in the space of ten seconds - and still make it believable.
The plotting is a little uneven in places and some of the story details don't hang together 100%, but I'm willing to largely ignore those flaws, because The Queen of Time displays such a wealth of fantastic ideas (the basic premise) and fantastical images (I'm never going to think of Marie Antoinette in quite the same way).
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable release and one of the highlights of the Lost Stories range. Definitely recommended.