Reviewed By: traves8853
Review Date: 12/6/15 8:48 pm
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'Zygon Hunt' written and directed by Nick Briggs is the final instalment of the third series of 'The Fourth Doctor Adventures', which started off with a purple patch lasting the first three or four episodes, but then began to tail off, somewhat. The plot is pretty much a rerun of 'Terror of the Zygons'.
Gregor Saraton is proof that not all antagonists are evil geniuses; some are just plain stupid - which is unfortunate, as he seems like the kind of character that would die through his own stupidity, taunting a lion at the zoo or something. There is a death early on which the Doctor points out was traumatic, but Gregor insists that it was birds that caused his fall from a great height before shooting wildly at the nearest group of birds. That is just one example of many. This makes it hard to take him as a genuine threat towards The Doctor; Michael Maloney really hams it up as the hard of thinking military man. I realise that he is portrayed that way to give contrast to the character of Mina Challis (who is wonderfully acted by Gillian Kearney), but you can take things too far. The Zygon is the most obvious person you can think of, it wouldn't even be a spoiler to name them, but if you are playing a game of spot the Zygon then you are probably not focusing on the interesting aspects of this audio. The Zygon spy has picked up human sympathies and become conflicted. Caught between loyalties, they are by far the most interesting character in the whole thing.
If nostalgia has a soundtrack Alistair Lock's score and effects for 'Zygon Hunt' would be it. Unfortunately, the atmosphere is often punctured with over describing in places. There are clear easy to follow lines in terms of narrative and direction. There are also some nice creepy details like Zygon cameras that are made of moss with eyes. I found it odd that all throughout the series the arc seemed to be about the death of Leela's dad, but this is completely devoid of anything even remotely related to that, so if there was an arc then it was as well camouflaged as the Zygons.