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196. Equilibrium

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 12/30/17 3:12 am
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The second part of the new E-space trilogy from the Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan, and Turlough landing an Isenfel, a Wintery Fairy Tale Kingdom. They're welcomed as guests of honor, but horrified when they find four servants are going to be executed to restore equilibrium. "Isenfel must be constant!"

There's so much to love about this story. Writer Matt Fitton tried to capture the tone of the original E-space series. I think he more captured the type of plots that were used in that series but provided a bit more constant. The story really doesn't have a villain. The Doctor is horrified as he learns about how the society is ruthless in the way it maintains its balance, but there's no one who wanted this system or even offers anything other than a half-hearted necessity defense.

Fitton does a great job caring for the Companions and giving them something to do. It's not all great, but none of it's boring either. He deserves special praise for coming up with a plot for Turlough with romantic undertones involving the princess. I also thought, there was a very nice moment between the Doctor and Nyssa towards the end of the story, with her showing comforting support. There's also some growing tension between them that's built up nicely here.

The sound design and music merit serious praise. Much of the first episode is set at a party at the palace, and the sound design brings the place to life, with the music being divine.

Overall, this was a fine showing all around and representative of the type of product you expect from Big Finish.

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 6/7/15 3:39 pm
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Journeying further into E-Space the intrepid foursome now land after chasing Pik Solus to Isenfel, a ice planet, a planet covered in snow. If you imagine Narnia then I guess you are getting there, a hunting party led by Inger (daughter of Queen Karlina) ventures upon them, and, they are taken back to the Castle of Isenfel. A strange community lives within it's walls. The Queen whom seems fascinated with the Doctor, also. However the Queen is merely the figurehead, it appears a individual called the balancer seems to be the power behind the throne. The Balancer who is controlling the whole balance of Isenfel by making sure that the population is kept to a specified number! It soon become's apparent to our visitors at the evening banquet, four of the residents are bought into the hall, and, are sentenced to death, 4 newbie's in, then 4 have to go, in order to keep the balance.

The Doctor is soon works out that this is not the way any world should be, and, that Isenfel is being controlled not by the Balancer but by something much bigger. Moreover the Dr needs the stolen stabiliser for the TARDIS, and to do this he needs to work out how to put thing right and a little more normal.

I have over the months commented how certain BF releases sound, feel like they are un-broadcast stories, in the way that they have that 80's - 90's or earlier essence. This story is bizarre in some respects it feels like it should or was a episode in Peter tenure on the BBC, but it is also has the feel of being brand smacking new, the sort of story that would not be out of place these days. Peter in this is No.5 but with that added extra growth that BF have given him and his portrayal of the Doctor, again for me Sarah is flawless as Nyssa, I also liked Mark Strickson as Turlough a character that if I am honest I have never taken fully to my heart. Tegan is as ever the Antopdian that is like Vegamite. Enough said. Fab release and builds nicely for the final in this E-Space release.

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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 5/28/15 8:27 pm
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Like many stories before, this begins with the TARDIS arriving in a small community where the crew is welcomed until they are horrified by some evil cultural practice that the doctor simply must take a stand against.

Set in the frozen land of Isenfel, where there are no singing snowmen, but a few other paralells to a certain movie. It does veer away from the Disney experience in quick order though.

Curiusly I found this had a few paralells to State of Decay as well making the story ideal as the second part of an E-Space trilogy, but it also had an underlying ploy that was similar to Holy Terror.

The story features a good cast and a very good set of characters living in Isenfel and that provides a good backbone for the story, but it also takes time away from the three companions who each have a fairly small part to play. (Teegan is actually left as a nurse maid at one point)

There is nothing really wrong with this. It is a good story, though not a great one, but it has Nickolas Grace in it and he has a rather good part.