Reviewed By: traves8853
Review 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.