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Dark Eyes - 3.1 - The Death of Hope

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 9/27/15 7:48 am
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Well, well this is break from the norm. Macqueen the master is main, acting vehicle in this the first episode of the 3rd boxed set of stories in the 8th Doctor's. In fact he steals the show. Macqueen is a real discovery in my opinion, he plays this for all his worth, and to be fair that means he takes the character forward of the master to a different level. The Doctor acts as a narrative character with the story, he's interaction is minimal. This is a rather clever concept of basing an episode as the master being the main character in play. So the ultimate question is, does this work? Well yes it works, it works due to the brilliant casting of Macqueen, he is divine here, he has that British sarcastic evil psychopath presence that is without equal. This is an excellent start to the third box set for the 8th Doctor. The story narrative is driven forward well here, and, we get an insight I think to what promises to be a real exciting set of stories.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/8/15 8:57 am
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"The Death of Hope" is a rare audio Doctor light episode. After the events of Dark Eyes 2, the Doctor is being very cautious in intervening in the war between humanity and the Emincence as he doesn't want to end up inadvertently helping the Eminence, the Masters, or the Daleks, and certainly not to be manipulated by the Time Lords. However he's ripped from the Vortex by the Celestial Intervention Agency and the CIA man Narvin plasy him a Matrix recordings of the Master's latest escapade.

In it, we see the Master arriving on a far-flung planet that's under Emminence control and he's there to "help" along with Doctor Sally Armstrong and a hypnotized Molly O'Sullivan. The Master makes the locals immune to the Eminence's control through Molly and arms them. Yet, he's got a bigger scheme in mind.

The Master represents the moral opposite of the Doctor or a perversion of the morals or values of the Doctor, this is a great illustration of that. While McQueen puts on a great performance as this sort of "anti-Doctor", it's galling to see how the Master uses Molly's selfless and caring nature to further his own scheme and what will happen to the people of this planet as the result of the Master's "help."

The story does a great job of setting the table for the series as we understand what the Doctor's fighting and why he's willing to reluctantly help the Time Lord's again and this is a very strong start to the box set.


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Reviewed By: kiwifluffyReview Date: 5/22/15 11:40 pm
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This has the odd situation of the Master saving people while the Doctor sits back and watches. It was an interesting idea, and the Master saving people bit worked surprisingly well, but the Doctor watching didn't. As a Gallifrey fan coming into this I was excited about the promise of Sean Carlsen as Narvin, but his character was underused. Overall the scenes with the Master, Sally and Molly were wonderful but the Doctor and Narvin watching got quite tiresome.
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Reviewed By: Stuart ClowesReview Date: 1/29/15 8:46 pm
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The Doctor sits back and watches. Feels like a prologue rather than a story in its own right.