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Dark Eyes - 2.4 - Eyes of the Master

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Reviewed By: JavierSeventhFanReview Date: 6/11/15 10:08 am
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The MASTERpiece of the boxset. Now, right after hearing it, im hardly trying to convince myself that the resolution of Dark Eyes 1 couldnt be matched or topped. The reason: Alex MacQueens Master. Another first time experience for me. The way about him delivering his lines its just precious as well as his chemistry with McGann (forgot to also mention the Molly/Liv one). It also has plenty of funny moments feauring the Doctors purple Volkswagen beatle and him taking jabs at The Master for -pushing the bowtie with his aliases- (Dr. Hartcourt De ath) and him being now bald. It doesnt only fit 100% well with what happend during parts 1 and 3, but with other stories and continuity of the DW universe, like the tiny bit of essence of The Eminence that the Doctor has inside (Destroy the Infinite). Hell, you can even say connect it with Night of the Doctor with 8ths attitude about not wanting to participate on an insane war across the timelines! And once again, you see what the CIA and the TimeLords are capable of to destroy the Daleks once and for all: collaborating with The Master and using the Eminence. A great space time battle its on its way: Doctor-Master-Eminence-Daleks... This last two were a tremendous way to get introduced with Fitton as a writer. Now i get what BF saw in him: 10(even 11)/10.

The big accomplishment about it to me, is that it seems so hard to tie everything from the four CDs up, but they managed it perfectly and smoothly!!! Not only that, but also with Dark Eyes 1: Sally Armstrong never-existing timeline and the retro-genical particles, plus the Eyes deal with The Master being an optician. Another perfect 10/10 boxset.

And now i get why it says -Molly O Sullivan...Hello you- on the DE3 box. That post-credit cliffhanger...
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/5/15 10:11 am
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Eyes of the Master does everything it should as the climatic story in Dark Eyes II. IT brings everything together in what's been a circular story with the Traitor set before the events of the previous stories as far as Liv was concerned, but after these stories as far as the Doctor was concerned.

The story brings the Master into battle with the Eighth Doctor for the first time since the TV movie and Alex Macqueen is superb. The scene where the Doctor and Master meet is pure magic as they hurl insults at one another. This Master also manages to come off as incredibly charming and likable when he wants to be, probably moreso than any other Master as he has a great bedside manner as the miracle work optometrist. (Though, of course it's all part of the Evil plan.)

In the few scenes we seen between Liv and Molly, they work wonderfully together and played off each other very well and this is one of Paul McGann's finer performances as the Doctor.

The plot brings together all the elements of this set very nicely as we're brought back full circle. We're also left with plenty of mystery to set up the next two Dark Eyes sets. And the ending deepens that sense of mystery.
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Reviewed By: conjob08Review Date: 2/16/14 10:37 pm
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So here we are at the final entry (and the 2nd Matt Fitton penned story) of the box set. There's a lot to be excited for: The Master, Ides Scientific Institute, ad what the new purpose for Molly's Dark Eyes are in. These threads and more come together in the thrilling Eyes of the Master

Eyes, begins with the Doctor, Molly and Liv, arriving in London 1972 to investigate Ides; the Doctor refusing to know what happened on Nixyce VII (as its yet to happen). In the wake of X and the Daleks, time's been altered and Ides very own Sally Arm Strong is now alive and working with the mysterious "Hartcourt De'ath" to replace the eyes of his patients with symbiotic replicas in order to harness the Eminence. Once we get to the long awaited rematch between the 8th Doctor and the Master, we learn a lot of his plan and that of the Time Lords.


As noted, time was shifted in the wake of Kotris being erased from existence. A timeione in where the Daleks reigned supreme is now a timeline where the Eminence are the supreme sole being and in turn, Molly's retro-genator particles work against them. This reviewer is quite amused by how it all ties together. Particully with Molly now that it seems that her dark eyes are now permanent than ever realised (plus why the Dark Eyes banner remains intact for this release in the next two box sets) Not only that but the fact the Time Lords now need the Eminence in order to wipe out the Daleks. Then there's the Master himself who we now confirm comes after Eric Roberts (plus the Geoffrey Beevers version via astermind and , in turn. DWM's black preacher incarnation) and Sir Derek Jecobi. In order to prevent the Eminence caskets from reaching the Nixyce System the Doctor goes off to the very planet we first heard him in to reach out to the Dalek Time Controller to stop the caskets. Only at the end of the story things got altered: the Dalek occupation on Nixyce VII is over while back on Earth the Master and Armstrong kidnap Molly; a cliffhanger only to be resolve in Dark Eyes 3 (coming this November). All this and matching TCEs!

More strong performances given from our regulars especially the interaction between Paul McGann's Doctor and Alex MacQueen's Master; trading hots at each others current attire and just as the Doctor unleashed the Eminence from his mind.Theresome good rapport between Ruth Bradley's Molly and Nicxola Walker's ailing Liv from early on til story's end. Natalie Burt gives a new side to the ever naive Sally Armstrong as the character manages to remain loyal to the Master under influence. No doubt we'll have her back as well for the next box set. Rounding off the cast is acqueline King's Mrs Gantry, David Shaw-Parker's eldery David Walker (the young man Molly left the Baker Street house to at the end of The White Room and a special cameo appearance from Frank Skinner at the end.

Eyes of the Master closes out Dark Eyes 2 in a story that fuels more timey-wimey and neverendinmg battle save for a slight huried resolution. Plus, along with the previous two stories proves that this box set and the next two aren't all about just 8th and the Daleks and a certain conflict on the way.

Nine out of Ten Jelly Babies

Overal Box Set Score: 9.5/10