Reviewed By: JMChurch25
Review Date: 5/22/19 9:13 pm
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"Mistfall" starts off a trilogy of stories where the Doctor is brought back to E-Space in a new incarnation and with a new team. Forced to land back on the planet of Alzarius (aka Adric's homeworld and where "Full Circle" took place), it starts out in a rather novel way with things changed significantly in the centuries since the Doctor left the planet. There's a new leader governing things from afar, Tegan and Turlough are interacting with fanatical inhabitants, and the Doctor and Tegan are interacting with a crew from a starliner desperately searching for the Marshmen for their own ends.
But within ten minutes, everything rapidly descents into boring plot devices and bad cast performances none of which resonate or deliver on the premise promised by the script. It's interesting how badly Andrew Smith's narrative struggles as he was the one who wrote "Full Circle" all those years ago. But the pacing on this one is completely slow and uneventful and while there are some interesting ideas that it tries to bring into the plot, it never really ends up mattering in the long run in regards to the plot or characters. It makes the story feel tedious the minute the TARDIS lands on Alzarius and it never really recovers from there.
This isn't helped at all by the lackluster cast who all sound like they're asleep on their job. Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson, and Sarah Sutton are all fine but they don't bring anything new to the table with their characters and their acting feels completely robotic. There is no passion or drive behind their words even when they realize exactly where they are which should be a huge revelation given this team's history but just doesn't register. The side cast is all about the same and the only one who's even remotely interesting is Jemma Redgrave's Decider who you at least can potentially phase out while listening and pretend you are getting another UNIT / Fifth Doctor crossover.
The climax is dumb, the setting is boring, and the whole thing ends up feeling utterly pointless as it avoids anything interesting that could've happened in favor of safe and stereotypical nonsense. It is stories like these that give credit to some of Big Finish's supposed bad habit of bringing things back from the past solely to get another story or some money out of them. As a listener, I don't think I've ever dropped off interest so quickly in a story as I did with "Mistfall". It's not at all a promising start to the trilogy and, even if you do happen to be a fan of the E-Space stories, not worth the time and energy.