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8.12 - Second Chances

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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 1/17/19 11:42 pm
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A story that is told through an awkward framing which focuses on Zoe's side of an adventure. Sadly, it appears the Doctor and Jamie had a more interesting tale, most of which went untold.

At the heart of the story is the classic conundrum faced by time travellers: Can the past be changed? It has been told before and it has been told better. It has certainly been answered better.

One of the flaws of the later companion chronicles was the constant attempts to seem "clever"
Often the cleverness gets in the way of the story and sometimes it obscures the lack of a story, as is the case in this one.
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Reviewed By: joehurl89Review Date: 11/23/16 8:27 am
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This is by far the best story I have listened to by Big Finish, I listened to it twice in a row, and it was better the second time.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/21/15 9:47 am
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Second Chances concludes a Quad of Zoe stories centering on an older Zoe, the paradoxical Miss Zoe Herriot who can remember everything but remembers nothing of her travels with the Doctor. This is a wonderful conclusion written by John Dorney who wrote the first story in the quad with the middle two being written by Simon Guerrier.

Zoe's questioner from the first story returns a changed woman after her attempts to pry free Zoe's memories of her travels with the Doctor failed to produce the result her evil company wanted. This time Zoe remembers the destruction of a space station by a virus. Travelling in time with the Doctor, young Zoe had experienced an event that occurred in her future. For the older Zoe, that moment has now arrived. And her interrogator is offering her a chance to prevent it, which means Older Zoe has to save the day while avoiding Young Zoe.

This is a truly rich science fiction tale that's really a story about Zoe and about her effort to redeem some part of a life that's been stolen-both by her company and the Time Lords who wiped her memory. It's a dramatic Tour De Force and a fitting end to the individual releases of the Companion Chronicles. Even moreso than in the other tales in this quad, the focus isn't on Zoe's memories of her time with the Doctor, but on the present time with Zoe. The result is powerful and Wendy Padbury turns in a simply marvelous performance.