Stories:
2827
Members:
711
Submitted Reviews:
7672
Reviewers:
327
< 3.7 - The Abandoned
4.1 - The Exxilons >

3.8 - Zygon Hunt

Rating Votes
10
2%
1
9
8%
5
8
26%
16
7
39%
24
6
19%
12
5
6%
4
4
0%
0
3
0%
0
2
0%
0
1
0%
0
Average Rating
7.1
Votes
62
Director:
Writer:

Purchase From:

Latest Community Reviews

From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
5
Plot Rating:
5
Acting Rating:
6
Replay Rating:
6
Effects Rating:
5
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 2/20/18 8:51 pm
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

'Zygon Hunt' is one of those stories that sounds intriguing on paper but is sort of bungled in execution. The idea behind the story is a good one with the Doctor and Leela landing on a jungle planet where military soldiers on leave are hunting for their own amusement. But once secrets are revealed and the alien menace appears fully formed in the story, it becomes less of a hunt and more of an assassination story which honestly kind of disappointed me. The overriding mystery is fairly obvious going in and the conflict that ends up happening is one that has been done before and would be done to much better effect in "The Zygon Invasion / The Zygon Inversion" from the Twelfth Doctor era. Honestly I had very different expectations of what this one was going to be and what this story actually ended up being wasn't nearly as interesting or satisfying as I was hoping for. It also doesn't really do anything new with its titular creatures other than having them appear and be a part of the back and forth brawls in between. The focus is more on the side characters who may have a reason for existing but mostly end up being two-dimensional military brutes with nothing really salvageable about them. This makes 'Hunt' a tolerable listen and a decent one for an hour and a half but one that I forgot about almost immediately upon hearing it. The only saving graces I could find about it is of course once again our two main leads. Louise Jameson gets some fun moments as Leela especially as this kind of jungle environment really is one of her natural spaces. She gets the jumps on things literally and figuratively more than once and her kindness and desire to see the creatures stay unharmed brought some extremely nice moments. Tom Baker as Four is also a joy as always and one particular moment of him fishing right in the story's most tense moment had me giggling and fit perfectly in with his character. The moments we do get of him against the humans and the Zygons are good but very few and far between especially considering what was set up and you pretty much could've cut the pair out of this story completely and you wouldn't have lost much. That's not to say that it's not a god awful listen like "Nekromanteia". The soundscape is nice, the quality is fine, and the ending moments with Four and Leela are incredibly sweet. But nothing new was attained from any of the story, the other characters are frankly unpleasant to be around no matter how Michael Maloney tries to make him seem a little bit more conflicted, and it all amounts to nothing. The best comparison I can make to this story is the Fifth Doctor adventure "Warriors of the Deep" as (while the quality is a bit better) it doesn't go anywhere interesting, almost everyone important dies, and it just ends in a big dumb brawl with nothing gained or really lost for that matter. If you need a story to kill an hour with, I suppose it's not bad and you will get some good Fourth Doctor / Leela moments. But for me it really wasn't worth it and it makes "Zygon Hunt" a misstep and a disappointment for what it could've been.

Other Recommendations

From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
7
Plot Rating:
6
Acting Rating:
8
Replay Rating:
5
Effects Rating:
8
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 12/6/15 8:48 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

'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.

From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
6
Plot Rating:
5
Acting Rating:
7
Replay Rating:
6
Effects Rating:
6
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/18/15 4:29 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Zygon Hunt features some great interactions between the Doctor and Leela and the character of Mina has some interesting moments as well.

The story is hurt by the fact that that the first half tries to build a mystery that becomes obvious. "This one character is acting very unusually? I wonder what it could be. Could they be a Zygon?" Given the title, it's a somewhat easy deduction to make.

Ultimately, the performance and presence of the leads really holds this together. The story seems the conclusion of a relational mini-arc between the Doctor and Leela that flowed throughout the third series of Fourth Doctor Adventures. There is a few nice moments towards the end that are a bit of a surprise. Overall, not a bad story.
From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
9
Plot Rating:
8
Acting Rating:
8
Replay Rating:
8
Effects Rating:
8
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 7/12/15 4:55 am
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

I would have given this a higher rating, it is a good story, and it as the exact requirements for a Dr Who that you would come to expect, it was just a little too predictable. But don't be put off by that, anything that allows the wonderful Tom to shine with his faithful Leela is worth a listen, this is one of those releases that you will remember for it's simple and yet entertaining story telling, and also the wonderful way that Tom and Leela interact with the rest of the cast. It is very King Solomon's Mine's/Indiana Jones/Wilbur Smith big jungle adventure style. This a one of those moralistic tales from the Dr Who stable. With ultimately the preservation of a species over the ludicrous pursuit of hunting in the name of sport. A nice use of Sci-Fi to get this message across, Louise Jameson for me really is the standout in this, her portrayal of Leela is wonderfully of her time, and she has a timeless voice, sounding as young as she was 30 odd years ago. For me Big Finish have scored a real winner in getting Tom on board for his own 4th Doctor range, and the best bit is having the authentic companions alongside. First rate, but not without it's slight drawbacks.