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195. Mistfall

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review 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.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/21/17 5:28 am
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A sequel to Full Circle that finds the Fifth Doctor and crew pulled back into E-space and right back to Alzarius. Overall, the plot is dull and unimaginative with flat guest characters, a tedious plot, and clichéd dialogue. Several of the regulars aren't well-characterized, and the Nyssa and Turlough mainly served to keep them out of the way.

The only highlight is Jemma Redgrave making her Big Finish debut and turning in a good performance as the Decider.
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Reviewed By: dima45698Review Date: 7/6/16 7:37 am
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Dull, boring and disappointing. Not good at all. Weak sound design, but nice 80s-style music. It may work for true fans of 'Full Circle', but it's certainly not working for me.
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Reviewed By: FlyingTigerComicsReview Date: 8/9/15 6:51 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

An older Nyssa is back with the television TARDIS crew lineup for no good reason, and her past continuity gets in the way of any plotting for this story.

It is an average in every way audio drama, and it is also hellbent on avoiding all the interesting stuff that a return to the setting of the original E-Space trilogy and Alzarius in particular could provide.

Davison was a "young" Doctor with a young very soap opera TARDIS team, this audio creaks with the age of the cast or perhaps just their weariness with the script.

If you really like the 5th Doctor and his immediate post-Earthshock lineup, this would be worth it, but for casual listeners - not worth it unfortunately.