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4.4 - Death Match

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 12/31/15 9:08 am
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Matt Fitton is a prolific and talented writer for Big Finish, and 'Death Match' is further proof of his reliability and writing talent. It's action packed with some great interplay between Tom's Doctor and Geoffrey Beevers' Master that delivers some scintillating dialogue. Although not officially a two-parter, events continue from the preceding story as The Master has kidnapped both Leela and Marshall to compete in a dueling contest he is compering.

The Master seems to have taken up a strange moral philosophy obsession with wanting to push Leela to the point where she will kill, and juxtapose that with The Doctor's own moral philosophy. This leads to a very interesting face off (no pun intended) between the two adversaries. The environment is a bit of a strange one for a blossoming romance (never mind two) and I have to say that it doesn't entirely convince. There is a strange discordant quality between various elements despite there being a lot of good ideas. Some of them feel too much like inventions of necessity.

Overall, I have a hard time trying to make up my mind just what to think of this. I admire the creativity and ambition but, unfortunately, I don't think it quite manages to execute the ideas it has successfully. Although, there is no denying that the ending is the most evocative and emotive in the range.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/29/15 4:53 pm
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Death Match follows up on the previous story as the Master has captured Leela and is using her as his pawn in a series of fights to the death for the entertainment of despots, and it's up to the Doctor and K-9 to come to the rescue.

There's a lot to like in the story. There's a great confrontation between the Master and the Doctor as they discuss how they approach the universe. The plot itself and how the Master is using his position as the Master of the Death Match is incredibly interesting, as are many of the elements of the Death Match itself.Geoffrey Beavers turns in another solid performance and has me eager to listen to his next turn as the Master.

I did feel like the story lost a little bit of momentum in Part 2, but it recovered nicely with the relationship between Leela and reforming Rocketman Marshall is beautifully done. I also thought some of the later plot twists were very clever. Susan Brown created a very enjoyable character in the morally ambiguous Kastrella whose true colors show at the end.

Overall, taken with the previous release, this two part tale is easily the best executed two parter in the Fourth Doctor Adventures. It has some very well written scripts with great plots, solid villains, and some great moments for both Leela and K9.