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3.5 - Last of the Colophon

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 11/5/18 10:54 pm
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'Colophon' is a story that I literally picked up on a whim while knowing next to nothing about it. It's in many ways the polar opposite of a story I reviewed earlier on this list 'Destination Nerva' and that as it turns out includes in quality. When the Doctor and Leela land on a dead world looking for a camping holiday and some peace and quiet, they trigger the attention of a presence in solitude among the ruined landscape. The duo rapidly meet up with the crew of a survey ship investigating the area and find a strange protected structure transmitting a signal out into space. But something dark is hiding inside and it's very keen to make its way out by any deception necessary.....While 'Nerva' was awful despite the strong connections to Classic Who, "Last of the Colophon" is actually significantly good all things considered despite a basic story and narrative. Trapping the characters inside of a prison at the hands of a sci-fi Shishio with a dark secret is a harrowing idea. While the first part of the story plays it safe at first setting things up as it has to, the second half goes nuts turning into a tense thrill ride of a confrontation. It doesn't pull too many huge surprises and you can predict more less exactly what's coming with each moment. But the landscape is incredibly sound with lots of things to jump at and envelop you with and it keeps itself interesting in some of the minor details in atmosphere and character. The villain Morax in particular is a memorable villain with plenty of twists behind him and opportunities to actually use them narratively. He does a great job in putting both Leela and the Doctor to the test both physically and mentally and he doesn't go down without a legitimate fight. While most of the rest of the side cast are pretty lackluster, Tom Baker and Louise Jameson are great as the Doctor and Leela injecting the appropriate amount of power and humor into the script as they are so good at doing. Gareth Thomas' voice as Morax feels safe but somehow unsettling all at the same time. It actually reminded me quite of a bit of John Hurt's voice like if he had ever played an evil character in Doctor Who and it makes things feel almost surreal in places working very much in the story's favor. What this story lacks in originality it makes up for in personality, performance, and especially charm as the dedication to what made the Fourth Doctor era is on full display here. It certainly reminded me that even stories with no connection to anything else in Who canon can still be great if the right dedication is behind them. Color me greatly surprised but "Last of the Colophon" has become a new personal favorite and I highly recommend it to all lovers of Four and Leela.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 10/18/18 11:09 pm
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What I found most interesting in this release was that Gareth Thomas sounded so much like John Hurt in the later recording of the Invisible Man. There was great acting in this one and some very scary moments as well. I think perhaps the audio medium adds to the tension purely because the listener must imagine the position of the invisible man. We are at the same disadvantage as Leela and the Doctor.

Well written and acted.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 12/2/15 1:32 am
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Last of the Colophon: written by Jonathan Morris and directed by Nick Briggs. Jonathan Morris states on the extras that he tried to imagine what classic story the Hinchcliffe production team would have tackled if they had been in charge a little longer than they were. Jonathan Morris eventually settled on The Invisible Man, which makes the setting a little strange. Most of this series has been set in space, with the exception of The Crooked Man, and this is another intergalactic tale.

The plot centers around a bandage bound and seemingly immobile former dictator and last of his kind, Morax, played by Gareth Roberts of Blakes 7 fame. Like the previous tale in this series, Morax isn't all you think he is, both in terms of his identity and his physical capabilities. Morax is certainly an interesting character. A deposed dictator of a dead race, imprisoned with an artificially sustained lifespan and only an android nurse - Torvick - hi only company. Having been entombed in the ruins of his long dead civilisation for centuries, Morax, believes himself to be the only being left alive in the universe. Something about this, other than Gareth Roberts, involvement feels distinctly Blakes 7.

I like this a lot, however, the continued use of nonsensical science was jarring. The Doctor at one point, claims his sonic screwdriver would have no effect on Morax as light waves pass through him and so would sound waves. Jonathan Morris responded to critics about the bad science on his blog:(http://underthreehundred.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/science-friction.html), and argued that, "...bad science is okay if it makes a story more interesting, exciting and imaginative. It's okay if it generates drama and creates problems for the characters." The thing is, the bad science in, 'Last of the Colophon' fails to do that or could have been achieved another way. The other characters, excluding Leela and the Doctor, don't seem to provide much except a means to extended the story past a simple and obvious conclusion. Some of this feels rather contrived. On the whole, I think this could have been better.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 7/17/15 3:18 pm
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This is a cracking adventure with my Doctor, Mr Tom Baker. We have The Dr and Leela land on a desolate and cold planet, for which the Dr assures Leela that this is "bracing" when she asks what that means, in Tom's dulcet tones it is what people call cold when they are on holiday - lovely gentle sarcastic British humour that Tom always brings to the part. The story tells of the last of the Colophon, but the desire to continue his existence is that of playing the martyr and being devious to boot in order to get off the dying planet and escape, and the method of extraction is not what you would call normal.

The remaining survivor is intent on getting off the planet, but why, why is he the only one left, and for what reason can he not leave. There are lot of subtle plot twists that will keep you listening to this release. Louise is superb as Leela in this showing once again she is the perfect foil for Tom.

Tom is as good here as he gets and the story moves along at a pace, I like the twist's in the story which add to the overall intrigue and keeps you engaged at every turn. Good solid release for the fourth Dr. range.