Reviewed By: traves8853
Review Date: 12/6/15 11:05 am
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'Scavenger' was written by William Gallagher and directed by Nick Briggs, and is the third and final instalment in second Flip's trilogy. Which, started with the dark, dystopian horror of 'Antidote to Oblivion', followed up by the mystical fantasy driven 'The Brood of Erys' and finally this more character driven hi-octane thriller. You don't need to have heard either of the preceding instalments before listening to this. The Tardis lands on a space station for a joint Indian/UK mission to clear up centuries of space-junk. Unbeknownst to the astronauts, there is an alien satellite - Scavenger 2 - hidden among the debris. The Doctor and Flip are soon separated. Flip is left floating in space and it's up to the Doctor to rescue her from being absorbed by Scavenger.
The previous two stories both had rather dreary music (but, fine sound effects); thankfully, the soundtrack to this has more pizzazz, which is a welcome relief. Flip's characterisation hasn't been totally right in either of the other instalments, but this gets it dead right. She is scatty, wholesome and funny. Her comparisons of future technologic advancements to everyday items from the present are charming, and I hope we see her again in the future. Unfortunately, the characterisation doesn't feel right in other areas. Jessica Allaway, the UK representative played by Kate McEwen, finishes a lot of sentences the most tactless and selfish things imaginable like she is unable to not express a single thought she has; I just find her characterisation too on the nose.
I felt that this one managed to have a good stab at getting everything right and didn't leave much to complain about. The story is well-plotted and manages to ratchet up and sustains the tension nicely, with lots of running around and key tapping early on leading onto something a bit more absorbing. The last episode was poignant and a real change of pace, not just because of Flip's fate.