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Reviewed By: ANTI-RADReview Date: 9/13/18 10:30 pm
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REQUIRES SECOND PART OF STORY
YET RECOMMENDED WITH MANDATORY RETURN TO KRELOS
FOR OLD TOM BAKER/4TH FANS

I grew up with Tom Baker as the first Doctor I watched debut episodes as a very small child, so... my recommendation of the two releases is specifically for those endeared to Tom Baker and will feel some sentimentality for the end revelation.

First part of a story w/ Return to Telos. Not standalone by first impression or experience by any means outside of an aesthetic chapter, but one requiring the end chapter (I believe if remembering correctly) of its follow-up required companion release. The rating for overall arc is a solid 3/5. It might take a couple listens (due to Telos core story) and may actually rise in rating. This review is based on my first listening that was some time ago.

This first part has good world-building, great atmosphere, solid for what's here albeit in flash fiction mode. Mini-adventure only and lead-in to Telos.

The Doctor starts to go fishing, meets a character, which regarding the latter is all very interesting and curious.. but then the story stops. No frickin fish. Big Finish has for several volumes now been releasing the 4th Doctor Adventures in 1 hour length releases. This is often a poor release and business model, where for the many of the releases, they should absolutely have sold them and packaged them as one (and for the same price as one). Krelos/Telos is the prime example why. It is not cool, like what happened to me, where I purchased this expecting a full story, and then was forced to buy the second.

At first listen, that said, anyone, not even the biggest fan, would be pleased with the brevity and unfinished state. In fact, it probably does more harm than good becaused I imagine one could just walk away and see the whole matter as a cash grab.

But I must mention paired with the following Telos release, I love having these two. There is a very special release [yet only with mandatory Telos disc], one that serves as a lead-in to what evolves into a story arc that is philosophical and a nice homage to Tom Baker's Doctor and in fact a lot of these older actors who put there heart and interest into their releases - the big reason I continue with Big Finish. Briggs was OK here and the commentary (imbued with his production relationship) actually means something that *reveals* itself in the Telos conclusion, yet is part of this Krelos release as well. Yet, Briggs the producer also does the disservice of packaging and selling seperate! What is he thinking besides $ in the slyest way possible. C'mon dude.

Worse, first listening of Telos, the whole matter messed with my expectation in the worst way possible, where I began criticizing the story while listening. However, by its conclusion I was happy. I mention all this because it matters and The Fate of Krelos literally depends on a Return to Telos.

At the end of the day, I am glad I added this to my collection WITH Telos, as the world-building is excellent and the overriding story, alluded to, is so very very cool.

At least here in Krelos (sounds like cereal from Ogrilla) for all its brevity, imagine the Colorado Rockies on a dark little path with the Doctor going fishing (you may remember a scene in a classic episode, I thought of that mutated little fish) looking for some hidden little streams, dusk approaches, and a sinister bodysnatcher sort-of invasion is on the horizon. Love it, honestly I myself could have written a completely mindblowingly brilliant 2 hour release based on this concept and the larger story, but Big Finish keeps it all in the family for worse :p Nothing is perfect, right.

Telos at first seems convulated in plot quite a bit but finally settles back to the charm of Krelos... yep, you'll now have to see my review for the next release.

This was 3/5. 7/10. With Return to Telos (required)

* I typically use a simple 5-star rating scale = 1,2,3,4,5, translated:
1 star = 1,2 ; 2 star = 3,4 ; 3-star = 5,6,7 ; 4-star = 8,9 ; 5-star = 10.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 11/16/17 11:04 pm
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The Fourth Doctor and Leela have landed on the mountainous futuristic planet of Krelos for some time away fishing and relaxing. But dark skies are gathering and a mysterious explorer far up in the mountains is looking for help. Meanwhile, K-9 is messing around with the TARDIS circuits and has reactivated the Second Doctor's TARDIS interior while in the process finding a mysterious piece of clothing lodged within the walls. What do all of these things have in common and what exactly is going on with the metal dog's circuitry causing him to act so funny? The first part of a two part story, 'Fate' follows a lot of trends of similar stories in that it feels like a huge amount of setup set to pay off in its second part. However unlike future installments of the Fourth Doctor Adventures where this is done somewhat poorly, this one really nails the atmosphere in starting off very calmly but adding a growing sense of dread and ominous feeling the further along it goes. It then culminates in a big pay off with one unexpected line at the end that suddenly shakes you from your revelry and throws you right in to the thick of things. I kind of like that about it and totally get what writer Nicholas Briggs is going for here but I can imagine that a lot of fans weren't necessarily satisfied with just how much build up there was. That's not to mention that it's not exactly subtle either in that you can more or less instantly tell where it's going to go with the villains from the minute you hear the atmosphere of the planet and the ramblings of the two main side characters on the nature of the standards of technology on the planet. It's not bad and it leads to a very creepy and creative place but it's not exactly as subtle as I think Briggs wants it to be. There are also elements of stories old and new especially in a surprising Twelfth Doctor source twisted around in a very different way (you'll know it when you here it) which I really liked. The performances in this one aren't much but they are all good. If I had to pick one out of the bunch, I would say that I love Tom Baker's performance as Four here especially as he reminisces on his past in his prior self and gets really riled up as the situation grows dire. Both of these characterizations were a really nice touch and something you don't see out of this Doctor very often. In particular, there is a strong conversation between Four and Leela that is the easy highlight of the piece. Baker and Jameson really do a great job in bringing out the best and contrasting viewpoints of both characters wonderfully but this time really pushing to the point where we actually see the Doctor walk away to try to negate the argument like a child. That was a major first and something I wasn't expecting to hear. Despite all of these things however, 'Fate' does have some flaws that I would be dishonest to ignore. Weirdly enough, the music in particular rather bugged me to the point where at times it really drew me out of what was going on like a bad B movie. That was rather unusual and I really don't why in particular as I normally either enjoy the score or don't really notice it but for this story it didn't really fit the story. It also did get a little lost in the second part and I'm still not 100% sure where Krelos fits in to the bigger picture of what's going on. Overall as the first of a two parter, 'Fate' works fine but as it's own story outside of the second part (which at time of writing I haven't heard yet), it works a lot better. It certainly never bored me like some other Fourth Doctor stories and it felt genuinely threatening and scary by the end to where I wanted to see where it was going to go in its finale. In that sense, I'd say 'Fate' is definitely worth a listen provided that 'Telos' is just as good.  
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 9/1/15 10:23 am
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I have read a lot of negative reviews of this adventure, and to be honest, I never take any notice of other people opinions until I have listened to these releases myself. Ok so what do we have here, well I think a very well written, sublime performance, from the gang Baker, Jameson and Leeson and the wonderful support of Michael Cochrane and Veronica Roberts. Although to be fair this is vehicle for the old team. Nicholas Briggs as done that thing with this and took the third Doctor forward, he has made this a non repetitive advancement of the whole era of Tom without robbing it on the authenticity. That said, at the end of the day, this is a cracking and well versed edition to the series. For one thing from the off you just know that there is going to be a Cyberman element it just smacks of it from the off. I love the story it is pure third Doctor at it’s very best.

Synopsis of the story, the Doctor remarkably wants to go fishing on the planet of Krelos, but there is something wrong K9 is not acting as he should form the off, you soon get to pick up on this little anomaly, keep that in the back of your mind. There is also the wonderful plot hint from Veronica Roberts character, when, she belittles the world of automation and the way that it has invaded every day life. How we should be wary of it, it will take over one day sort of approach. But on their way up the mountain to the lakes that are at the top to do a spot of fishing, Leela and the Doctor wander into Geralk well at least the autonomy/robotic version of Geralk. As the real Geralk is actually sitting at home wired neurally to this avatar, the avatar explains to the Doctor and Leela that he was a adventurer when he was younger, that to continue his adventuring way now he is older he uses technology to do the actual physical. With a brief return to the TARDIS, when the Doctor and Leela return something has happened, and we find Geralk muttering his last words and the city of Krelos is destroyed, what as happened, who has tampered with the TARDIS we are building the tension and the reveal which will be in the next release Return to Telos.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/26/15 9:44 am
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This story is unusual as it seems to begin like a quite innocent and relaxing day for the Doctor and Leela, yet grows more ominous as the story goes on. The interplay between the Doctor and Companion is delightful. It's great to be able to take some time to just enjoy these two characters and how they interact.

Of course, this isn't the full story as something has gone wrong with K-9 and there's something truly sinister afoot on Krelos. The truth of what's going on unfolds at a good pace that really helps build suspense. In fact if not for all the promotional materials (including the trailer) which gave away exactly what was going on, the ending would have left me on the edge of my seat for the finale.

The music by Jamie Robinson on this release is really evocative and helps establish the original idyllic mood and then helps to build up to the suspenseful conclusion. After all the friendly moments early and the story, the Doctor and Leela have a powerful and heated debate over when the Doctor should interfere that's perhaps the highlight of the release. Overall, a very strong beginning to the two part series finale.