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2.6 - The Zygon Who Fell to Earth

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 5/8/19 1:47 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

I don't think The Zygon Who Fell to Earth is a great story but it is an important story, and important in ways that improve both this release and other stories in the range. Despite her being absent from most of the tale this is a Lucie story. She and The Doctor run into Auntie Pat (see The Horror of Glam Rock) in the 80's after she has settled down, married a retired folk singer, and runs a country inn. Except he's not a folk singer, he's a defected Zygon who's gone domestic instead of conquering the Earth. Cue his suction faced brethren coming to retrieve him for their conquest plot involving the most ludicrous and inefficient terraforming plan ever.

The Zygon plot is weak, shallow, and only mildly interesting. What makes this story work is how close to Lucie's personal life it is. Where Glam Rock gave her startling revelations that her auntie was young once she gets a different view of an auntie with a fulfilling life, one Lucie doesn't recognize from her time. As a listener, alarm bells are ringing from the start but Lucie seems immune to the shadow falling over her aunt. By the end of the story she is starting to see the trail of destruction that the Doctor leaves behind and, worse, how his happy go lucky attitude is hardly affected by the bodies that pile in his wake.

As a Zygon story, this is a 6/10. As a character story and piece in the larger puzzle of Lucie Miller, it's a 10/10.

Now I'm going to be a bit pedantic for a moment even though it doesn't affect the story. The preceding release in this story arc swung at reproducing glam rock but missed in a 'close enough' margin to be good fun. This one tells us that a folk song is being remixed in the 80's causing it to chart again with a result somewhere in new wave territory, none of which works in a pop context. They needed Trevor to be a hippie for a plot beat so they forced this in a direction that doesn't make sense. It could have been someone covered the song leading to a renewed interest or someone sampled it if the story were set a few years later. Or just make him a New Wave singer who washed up but has a green streak to his personality, even if it is old fashioned. As it stands the musical background of the story irks me.
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Reviewed By: TCar96Review Date: 1/22/17 4:24 pm
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Another reviewer, Newt, rightfully points out that going in - the Zygon who fell to earth oughtn't work on paper with its terrible premise - a Zygon (figuratively) falling to earth, before falling in love and 'going native'. Reminiscent of No More Lies, I was expecting the usual trite plot beats and a wholly unsatisfying attempt to pull at the heart strings.

What a delight that the story actually ended with my struggling to recall a more enjoyable EDA! Making the most of the shorter format, the significant other of our Zygon Trevor, is Auntie Pat from Season 1's Glam Rock. As a result we cruise straight into the story, with no messing. Its assumed we 'get' the Zygons and given the cover and title, there's no attempt to shock the audience with their introduction. Furthermore, they're played for laughs, bringing (as is discussed in the interviews) a fresh take that significantly subverts expectations, being a retelling of Terror of the Zygons.

Popping comic dialogue; solid character arcs; subverted expectations and some lovely character moments thrown in - the story taking place in the Lakes, with some borderline hokey, but utterly lovely, Wordsworthian flourishes.

There are definitely a few gripes. As I've complained often, whereas the main range often subtlety engages in political commentary or satire, the EDA's and FDA's come to think of it, engage in political moralising. It's not only irritating to see writers make the Doctor pick sides in contemporary issues the character ought to be above - but it also leads to some cringe inducing exposition, often to the detriment of plot beats or internal logic and credibility of the story. Toning down the politics of the writers really ought to be a priority of the script editors, fortunately this seems to have kicked in and isn't an issue in the more recent shorter releases (Dark Eyes, War Doctor etc.).

The ending too left me cold. After a cracking resolution - with both plot and emotional beats working together, we're given a morally and ethically uncomfortable finish. Following the 'wait - he's not dead, really!' snag, akin to the worst excesses of New Who, it's uncomfortable to ponder the ramifications of Trevor's macabre body-swapping. The extras point out the potential insofar as it places the Doctor in a real quandary, This would've been spectacular drama, but unfortunately the story runs out of time, leaving far too little time to mull over the ethics of what's just taken place.

Gripes aside, its a genuinely funny and heart warming (and breaking) little story. Well, well worth your time and a real gem of the EDA's thus far.

Just to conclude with a snipe at New Who - THIS, Zygon Invasion / Inversion, is how to tell a subversive piece of your villains having the potential to be more than simply monsters!
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 3/22/15 12:02 am
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The Zygon Who Fell to Earth is an audio play that takes one of the worst conceived premises for a story. Paul Magrs unknowingly takes the basic premise of the horrible teen "romance" phenomenon known as the Twilight Saga, but instead of being an overly long, badly written, four "novel" and five "film" series, full of unlikeable characters and a plot that can be summed up in five minutes, this play could be considered the anti-Twilight. The basic plot of the play is that in 1979 Lucie's Auntie Pat fell in love with a man called Trevor who turns out to be a Zygon, sent to Earth around the same time as those in Terror of the Zygons. The twist here is that Trevor has gone native and doesn't wish to destroy the Earth. He even falls in love with Auntie Pat, they get married and run a hotel by a lake together to live happily ever after. Doesn't that sound just like a certain "romance" series we all know. Think about it. Girl falls for boy, boy falls for girl, boy turns out to be a monster, girl doesn't care and will do anything to stay with boy, they get married, boy's species turns up to try and stop their relationship. However what Twilight does wrong in every aspect Doctor Who gets right. Where Twilight dumbs down the monster part this story keeps Trevor a Zygon by having the other Zygons there to show they are still evil. It also helps that the characters are all completely likeable and the romance between Pat and Trevor is believable. Also on a final note the ending is something to be heard because it is a very sad and moving one.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/12/15 10:09 am
1 out of 4 found this review helpful.

This story of a Zygon warlord marrying an Earth woman and going native and the efforts of his crew to bring him back to the old Zygon war. The production has its good points The music is solid. Sheridan Smith turns in a great performance as the Zygon impersonator of Lucie as well as the regular Lucie.

The story fails for several reasons. First, the Doctor is essentially useless in this tale and with Lucie being replaced by a Zygon early on, her actual contributions to the story are nil as well. Which would be fine if the rest of the cast could carry the story, but they can't. The story wants to have a light tone, but it just doesn't. There's nothing that happens that's all that clever. The idea of interspecies relationships as some metaphor for human sexuality is a theme that's been explored to death and this adds nothing new. A better example of this was actually in the previous season's Phobas.

The ending was contrived. It cleverly avoids a timey wimey event and from what I've heard, does set up key events in the Doctor's future. But even if the end result of the story is necessary for the Eighth Doctor's story, it could be better done.

The story also is weakened by trying to have three separate messages. There's not only the interspecies subtext, there's also a huge ecological subtext, and for the progressive hat trick, a slam on the 1980s.

Unfortunately, the story really got lost in these messages.