Stories:
2827
Members:
711
Submitted Reviews:
7672
Reviewers:
327
< The English Way of Death
Damaged Goods >

The Well-Mannered War

Rating Votes
10
16%
7
9
16%
7
8
40%
17
7
16%
7
6
9%
4
5
2%
1
4
0%
0
3
0%
0
2
0%
0
1
0%
0
Average Rating
8.1
Votes
43
Director:
Writer:
Writer:

Purchase From:

Latest Community Reviews

From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
8
Plot Rating:
8
Acting Rating:
10
Replay Rating:
8
Effects Rating:
9
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 7/1/15 8:24 pm
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

I have not read the novel this was adapted from, but if treated as a stand alone story, this stacks up quite well. I think this is the first novel adaptation that doesn't feel like one.

The timing of the story is really good as it flows from scene to scene with Gareth Roberts sense of humour shining through. It feels like a very typical 4th Doctor story.

The premise is great and there are great scenes for the Doctor, Romana and K9 as well as a great cast of supporting characters including the return of Stokes. He doesn't add much to the story, but its fun to have him around.

The plot focuses on the Doctor arriving in the middle of a war zone where everyone is friendly and there is very little danger (reverse of the usual situation) until they uncover a darker problem beneath the surface and must work with people on both sides of the conflict to resolve things.
From the Reviewer:
User Rating:
7
Plot Rating:
7
Acting Rating:
8
Replay Rating:
7
Effects Rating:
7
Has Prerequisite(s):
No
Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/21/15 9:52 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Well-Mannered War has the Doctor, Romana, and K-9 traveling further forward in time than the Time Lords would allow and they arrive in the midst of a decades old war and surprisingly the two commanders are best of friends, fraternization with the enemy isn’t illegal, rather it’s encouraged. The war serves political and financial interests and so it’s a win win. However, this happy war is disturbed by evil flies with their own malignant agenda and quickly war becomes a nasty business.

Gareth Roberts’ writing has a bit of a Douglas Adams feel to it, and John Dorney preserves that feel nicely. As has been in the case in all of the Roberts novel adaptations, the Well-mannered War is full of these tongue in cheek and satirical moments.

I didn’t like it as well as the previous Gareth Roberts stories. The novel was originally written as the last of Virgin’s Missing Adventure books, and it feels like Roberts had far more than a novel’s worth of ideas for the Fourth Doctor and Romana and condensed them into one novel which has K-9 running for leader, the fembots have a mysterious agenda that surrounds the fact that every civilization on this planet falls into decline every few thousand years, oh and there’s a Classic Doctor Who villain who’s behind this. The story does feel a bit crowded and the ending is a cliffhanger which was never resolved (being the last of the missing adventures) and for which there’s no planned resolution by Big Finish.

Still, despite being the weakest of the Fourth Doctor Gareth Roberts adaptations, this story is a fun ride that’s definitely worth a listen. The acting is solid and the story is quite enjoyable despite its flaws.