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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 8/27/15 10:46 am
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"Paradox Lost"is a perfectly entertaining adventure for the 11th Doctor, Amy and Rory, but it isn't nearly as complex or timey-wimey as the title seems to suggest. The story is set in London at two different points in time - one in the far future, the other in the relatively recent past of 1910.The Doctor is seperated from his companions fairly early on, whereupon he quickly teams up with Professor Angelchrist, an intelligent elderly gentleman, who has started his own investigations into the Squall incursions. The two of them make for a great team, particularly since Angelchrist's enthusiastic but slightly reserved manner works as a lovely contrast to the more quirky and excitable persona of the 11th Doctor. In the meantime, Amy and Rory join forces with Arven, a very likeable robot, who comes across as having a proper personality, despite his monotonous and clipped delivery. Angelchrist and Arven are both wonderful guest characters and they really help to draw the audience into this adventure.

Unfortunately, a big chunk of the story is fairly predictable. It takes quite a while for any paradoxical event to come into play and even when it finally does, it isn't particularly dramatic or widespread. The overall plot is engaging enough, it's simply a little bit by-the-numbers. On the plus side, there are some nice little references to past television adventures subtly worked into the dialogue and Rory gets to shine in a couple of scenes where he gets something to do beyond worry constantly.

Nick Briggs' 11th Doctor impression isn't nearly as good as his 9th Doctor, but he still gives a highly entertaining performance. His monster voice for the Squall is suitably raspy and threatening.

"Paradox Lost" makes for a solid entry in the New Series Adventures range with some particularly likeable and winning characters joining in with the TARDIS regulars. Not the most exciting release, but a very enjoyable story none the less.