Reviewed By: traves8853
Review Date: 12/1/15 1:55 am
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The Evil One written and directed by Nick Briggs with music by Jamie Robertson is a good old fashioned space adventure. It’s quite odd actually, the music in this series has been mainly orchestral, but with lots of modern sounds inserted into its audio profile. It's the same with the writing in this one, on the one hand, we have the usual divide, capture and rescue; however, there are also a lot of modern space elements to this: the unexpected return of an old adversary and an emotive ending.
Something has been reaching into Leela's mind, through the space-time vortex. Meanwhile, the Tardis has landed on a luxury Cargo Liner, during a spate of disappearances of both ships and crew. While, looking for the crew The Doctor and Leela stumble upon Interplanetary Police Inspector Efendi, just before the Salonu - a race of giant telepathic insects made from living metal - pounce.
A lot of, this is almost tangential to Leela's experiences throughout. The intrusions into her mind are starting to evoke thoughts of her father and feelings of sadness. This actually bookends the narrative but plays a part throughout, as Leela has a different perspective thrust upon her, fighting the dark influence throughout. Louise Jameson does as you would expect, a marvellous job bringing this to life, and we get a rare insight into Leela's psyche. The way the writer pushes the character's boundaries is new and fresh against the very traditional plot.
The first two series of 'The Fourth Doctor Adventures' were erratic and inconsistent; whereas, I am now halfway through the third series, and each audio has been extremely good, yet in a very different way. This is both engaging and memorable, but not quite at the level of the first three this series. Still very enjoyable, though.