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The Last Adventure - The End of the Line

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/2/15 11:14 am
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

In a world of prolonged night where time paces at a snail's pace a train speeds along the tracks to Kettering junction. On board is a local WREN by the name of Ms Constance and Timothy Hope legal Clark. The train grinds to a halt. A party goes to explore the local surroundings engulfed in fog. After a while when nobody returns Timothy and Constance go out together to find their fellow passengers. Soon the pair gets lost, until the stumble on a brightly coloured stranger. They soon stumble on the same train abandoned and in an advanced state of neglect with blood trails days old. The party decides to journey till they come across Keith Potter the Train Spotter, who joins their group and advises them that Kettering station had twelve platforms yesterday but has seventeen today. The party moves on once more and finds the same train in its original state with the passengers, but one has been murdered by a lunatic killer and the driver has disappeared!

This feels like Colin's time to shine. His Doctor is authoritative without being arsey, and can take a backseat without being dull. It feels like the writers are pulling out all the stops with not one villain reveal but two, and the orchestral score underpinning this is perfectly moulded to the contours of the narrative. The sound effect that signifies that somebody has been taken over is sudden and has real impact, not being lifted from the classic series it’s sudden and surprising. This tense thriller had me on the edge of my seat. All the cast really pull their weight in this, although Constance is still a bit of a mystery and wasn't heavily involved so the jury is still out there.

The one downside that I could find was that after the villain reveal the moustache twirling adversary lays out all his plans in quite an exposition heavy manner similar to a James Bond villain, and his downfall comes from henchman betrayal so the ending whilst being new and still exciting had an air of familiarity to it. However that wasn't quite the end….
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Reviewed By: kenrwillReview Date: 8/23/15 3:04 am
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Brilliant from start to finish, this was the most enjoyable story in the Last Adventure package. The story had more plot twists than an m.night movie. Despite all the plot twists, the story flows naturally and is brilliantly preformed I think this is by far one, if not the best, sixth doctor stories ever told. Bravo colin and crew, Bravo!
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Reviewed By: CreeperorboaReview Date: 8/22/15 9:14 pm
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Well, for the beginning into a 'final' adventure, it has quite a lot to offer. Sadly, whilst the first half of the story is quite good, with interesting psychological interiors into characters, I found the bits with the Master EXTREMELY camp, as did I find Keith Finney's performance. I can't say much about Constance because we barely hear her, and for the times we do, she is sort of a 'Look, Doctor!' companion. Overall, an alright story, but certainly shadowed by what is to come.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 8/22/15 7:02 pm
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The End of the Line opens The Last Adventure for the Sixth Doctor which honestly feels like it's the story that would have included Evelyn Smythe if it wasn't for Maggie Stables passing away last year. So instead of Evelyn we get Constance Clarke, a companion that hasn't been introduced yet so backstory doesn't exist yet. She will be introduced in September 2015's Criss-Cross but here she makes a great first impression. Played by Miranda Raison Clarke is obviously from World War II England and seems like she might become a mix of Zoe and Jamie's characters which might work. She mentions that she has a degree in Cartesian Geometry and has been travelling with the Doctor for not a long while if you pay attention to the dialogue. Colin Baker and Raison also have some great chemistry and keeps the story moving.

The story is kind of a lower point for me on the story, well the first half is. It feels like a poor imitation of the new series' Midnight, but it gets a lot better around the half way point when it turns into a story about SPOILERS! The Master trying to open all of the parallel universes which is really interesting. This would make the story a nine except that this is supposed to be an introduction to the arc that leads to the Doctor's death. It really only has the Valeyard appear to wrap up the plot because he has plans for the Doctor, but still as an opening it is a very good story and I can't wait to move on.