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4.2 - The Darkness of Glass

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 12/28/15 12:15 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

'The Darkness of Glass' by Justin Richards is a haunting, simple and elegant tale. With a film titular possession is accredited to the director, which in this case is Nick Briggs who does lend polished professionalism to the production. There are a few nice ideas here, but nothing groundbreaking in terms of story-telling and the soundscape is nostalgic and refined as ever with the usual bravura performances from the leads.

The story begins with the Tardis landing on a wintry beach and the characters already start to draw their own comparisons between their current setting and 'Horror of Fangrock'. They soon arrive at a large house where members of the Caversham Society have gathered on the hundredth anniversary of the death of Manning Caversham, the renowned Magic Lanternist. Seeking shelter from the weather, The Doctor and Mrs. Leela Sevateam are soon sucked into events with a murder.

Despite The Doctor's attempts to educate Leela in the last series of adventures Leela continues to be a diamond in the rough. Indeed, his attempts reminded me of the seventh Doctor and Ace in The Lost Adventures range by Big Finish. The Doctor's quips are well-timed, they always arrive when least expected and with maximum impact; I chuckled to myself a few times throughout this.

I think there was a bit of a missed opportunity here, as initially, it really felt like it was going to be a whodunit; which, I think would have been something different and interesting for the range. In fact, that is all that really seemed to be missing from this: Suspense. The plot was simple, but not what I would call traditional, yet it was still entertaining and enjoyable. I just think it could have done a little more.

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Reviewed By: Queen DragonReview Date: 4/7/15 7:51 am
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

I enjoyed this one, but the story was both silly and, in places, confusing. It does, however, do a good job of creating a sinister atmosphere, and is worth a second listen at some point.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/18/15 10:07 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Darkiness of Glass is a great stirt that recaptures the Graham Wiliams era as the Doctor and Leela land near an English castle where the anniversary of a fateful magic act using light will be celebrate, but of course all is not as it seems and sinister forces are at work. The Doctor and Leela have to jump into action to stop a monstrous evil from killing the guests and wrecking vengeance on the Earth.

This is exactly the type of off-television adventure I could imagine for the Doctor and Leela. They arrive on the planet, fight evil in the evening and then are off in the morning. The interactions between the actors are great. Tom Baker has some great lines and this story really makes good use of Leela. There's plenty of atmosphere and humor.

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Reviewed By: FlyingTigerComicsReview Date: 3/4/15 8:35 pm
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This is if you will, a "classical" Fourth Doctor and Leela story. They dispense with K9 almost as an aside, which for me is terrific since I find the character disruptive and irritating in the extreme when you are trying to enjoy a good solid adventure with this pairing.

The story itself is standard fare done very well, which is what Doctor Who on television seems to have entirely abandoned in favour of its current PC / SJW agenda. Sad.

The Fourth Doctor sounds his age in some early scenes but Tom Baker's mellifluous tones are soon back in control. Leela is on top form.

The only slight detriment in this play is that the lines are delivered with a little separation between them making it sound a little like an old fashioned radio play. A bit of sound mixing and overlapping crossfade etc. could have fixed this very minor quibble and made the presentation a touch less artificial.

In terms of conjuring the scene using only sound and words it does a good job. Some scenes in particular form clear as day in the mind's eye.

If you like classic ie good Doctor Who and in particular crave more 4th Doctor and Leela teamups - get this one.