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Dark Eyes - 3.4 - Rule of Eminence

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 9/27/15 8:27 am
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The culmination of 4 episodes and over 4 hours of listening to the 8th Doctor battle the Master and the Eminence ends with the final battle in this 3rd box release of the Dark Eyes series. It is a rip roaring end to what as been a quite roller coaster series, we find the Doctor at first hesitant to take on the Master, however the CIA agent Narvin provides him impedance. The Doctor is caught within his own worries and fears, that, by getting rid of the Eminence that he fulfilling the Dalek plan. McGann shines through out this last episode as the rising star, without compromise and without equal I think. Certainly Big Finish and now the writing as been taken on by Fitton for this series of adventures, really explores the Doctor in a sort of sideways manner. It is also becoming apparent that McGann does not do small stuff, the main range that he had been doing, and doing well, is fine, but this allows him to open up and really let go. I found the whole thing very driven, the pace and style, emotions and Whovian rhetoric to perfection. McGann is by far the most accomplished of the BBC wilderness years, that fortunately Big Finish have resurrected in such a beautifully handled manner. It allows the character to grow, and this in the last chapter certainly ticks all the boxes.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/17/15 9:42 am
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In Rule of the Eminence, with the humans appearing to have won the war, the Master and the Eminence make their final move and it's up for to the Doctor to stop them.

Among the highlights of this story include the moving final scene between Molly and the Doctor. It is really such a pity that Ruth Bradley couldn't have a bigger long-term role in this story or as a companion, but her final scene is beautifully done. While in some of the stories in the set, the Doctor ended up being ineffectual. Here, the Doctor is in top form, and we have him at his most determined, as he tries to thwart the Master even at great personal risk.

Also, I loved Beth Chalmers as a news anchor who read the news with perky cheerfulness even as she became a puppet of the Master and announced the human race would be known for spreading death across the Universe. Plus, the idea that comes into play of a Time Lord's brain being bigger in the inside is actually pretty interesting.

Still, I wouldn't say this was a great finale. It's not the classic you'll remember forever or that'll make anyone list for best Eight Doctor story ever. It's a well-executed big adventure that makes a fitting in to what has been a very interesting story arc.
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Reviewed By: FlyingTigerComicsReview Date: 3/1/15 6:15 am
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Not good, not bad.

For Eighth Doctor fans used to the increasingly silly book range from years ago, this series of audio adventures is a welcome change.

It's not SJW laden like the current television show, it's actually a very conventional and old fashioned plot. That can be a great good. In this case, it is.

The story definitely requires investment in the previous dramas in the series or it's fairly pointless.