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1.4 - An Ordinary Life

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 5/19/19 12:24 am
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

An Ordinary Life is a story in 2 acts that takes place as an interlude during The Daleks' Master Plan.

The first half is a brilliant character study in which Steven and Sara Kingdom are stranded in 1950's London and have no choice but to domesticate, making friends with an immigrant family who initially takes them in. Both protagonists are well outside their comfort zones and find settling down uncomfortable at first but, over time, come to almost enjoy their exile. The background of racism is well represented and both characters are able to demonstrate a deeper compassion coming from a future where race isn't a divisive factor. The story doesn't preach or condemn the period but instead presents the issue as a human struggle viewed from a modern lens. It's not a story that could have been made at the time and as such is a little out of place for the Early Adventures range. Still it's heartwarming and gives real depth to these characters, particularly to Sara Kingdom who was so bland in her brief television run. The supporting cast are also memorable and give very believable performances. It's a lovely period piece that, while devoid of the Doctor, makes use of time travellers in a meaningful way that adds to the history of the show.

Then there's the second half where we get yet another alien invasion based on body doubles. The character work of the first half isn't completely lost or ignored but the plot is so 'by the numbers' Doctor Who that it becomes dull. There was an opening for a tangent between these aliens trying to make a home for themselves in line with the immigrants they are copying but the opportunity is ignored in favor of doppelgangers taking the place of their victims because that's what they do. The Doctor eventually shows up in the final episode to dump a pile of exposition on us before handing the reigns back off to Sara leaving me to wonder why the bothered with him at all.

Calling it a Doctor light script is misleading in that it suggests he is present for more than 1/8 of the entire running time. Even in the early days of vacation weeks and health issues we see more of the titular hero than this story. This wouldn't be a complaint if the story delivered on the promise of the first half but the stitched together tail end drags this from a brilliant story to above average. Definitely one for the fans, not a recommendation if you aren't familiar with this companion set.
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Reviewed By: YorickReview Date: 11/13/18 11:20 am
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

More of a companion chronicle than an early adventure as the Doctor is barely in it.

Still, the story was enjoyable enough but nothing special.
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Reviewed By: joehurl89Review Date: 6/15/16 3:25 pm
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

1st Doctor, Sara Kingdom & Stephen
I loved it, racism was rampart everywhere in the 50's, and this catches it greatly, with an invasion of the body snatchers plotline, and baddies who didn't know they were baddies, the plot gets a 10, audio only a 6 sadly, acting could have been better, Jean sounded really old in this one, I know she is getting on, but it is what it is. only a 7, replay is a 10 cause I loved the story.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/22/16 3:14 am
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The Doctor, Steven, and Sara take refuge in the apartment of Jamaican immigrants to the UK in 1950s London. When the Doctor and the TARDIS disappear, Sara and Steven set out to make a new life for themselves with the help of their friends.

The story has a very authentic feel to it, helped by a great guest cast, most notably Ram John Holder as Joseph Roberts. The story shows the plight and prejudice that many new arrivals had to face in 1950s England, but it does in a way that feels natural as opposed to being overly preachy and pushy. It's a great balance.

An Ordinary Life also allows for some nice character development for Steven and Sara as we get to see them in a more domestic situation. Sara's character is fleshed out pretty well as she considers the loss of ability to have children that her military career required.

The Science fiction/alien monster of the week is servicable and a little bit scary. However, it mainly works for how it furthers the character plots and not so much for how intimidating the aliens themselves are. Overall, a very enjoyable listen.