Reviewed By: traves8853
Review Date: 12/28/15 12:15 pm
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'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.