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204. Criss-Cross

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Reviewed By: TigerSamuraiReview Date: 2/11/19 6:22 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Criss-Cross is remarkable for introducing a new companion for the 6th Doctor and while it's not completely successful, it's still an encouraging beginning for WRN Constance Clarke. The opening episode is quite good and the first moments put us squarely in the world of late WWII Bletchley Park. The mystery of why the Doctor is there and entrenched in his new position intrigues, but by the end of the story I couldn't help but be hungry for more of the historical and less of the sci-fi. Of course, we needed a reason for why the TARDIS was stranded... It almost made me wish they'd done a few stories while it was stranded, though the story itself never feels rushed.

Colin is his usual excellent self and the quality of his interactions with WRN Clarke are a good setup for the relationship to come. Miranda Raison acquits herself well as Constance and brings some depth to the character in fairly short order. The fact that it's clear she's hiding some of her motivations will no doubt add some tension to the relationship wit the Doctor, though this is a much more nurturing 6 than, say, Peri got early in their travels together.

The rest of the supporting cast rounds out the story in strong fashion with nary a weak-link. Special shout-out to Charlotte Salt as WRN Wimpole. I dare say, had Constance not been the chosen companion, even Sylvia would've been a nice addition to the TARDIS. Of course, I'd be remiss not to mention the duplicitous... triplicitous? Robbie Flint, wonderfully embodied by Paul Thornley.

There's a lot going on in this story, the introduction of Constance, the background plotting and skullduggery that will no doubt come back up later down the line for Constance and her pursuit to find the truth of her missing husband, the alien waveform and their never-ending war, explosives, submarines, Nazis... All that said, it's balanced very well. And while I think the 3rd episode falters ever so slightly, the rest are certainly worthy of high marks.

In addition to being a great listen, it's also a perfect jumping on point for the 6th Doctor's Big Finish adventures. Recommended!
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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 10/7/18 3:04 pm
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

We open the story with the 6th Doctor established as a code cracker at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. Don't expect to meet Alan Turing (explained in story as being too importantly busy with the war effort). Instead we have a handful of very capable Wrens assisting 6 and the other breakers decode enemy transmissions. The Doctor going low tech and getting sciency with the tools available in his current era was a nice throwback to the Pertwee days. Of course some of the "science" is bunk but so is the monster concept for the serial (a creature of sentient electromagnetic waves) and that doesn't stop it from being fun or interesting.

The plot unfolds gradually with a cloak and dagger spy element and the mystery of what The Doctor is up to. Mrs. Constance Clark makes an early strong impression and proves herself both capable and strong-willed enough to wrangle 6. There are a few weak points in the writing where some of the military personnel are suddenly very trusting of The Doctor without much cause but that seems more of a sacrifice for the sake of keeping the story on track for a four parter than anything else. Overall it worked quite well and was enjoyable from start to finish.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/17/18 3:55 am
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This story finds the Sixth Doctor stranded in World War II Great Britain and working at Blechley Park, tracking the progress of a German Agent who's key to a mystery he's investigating.

Overall, the story moves along at a great pace, it has a good mystery that leads to a high concept alien creature requiring some creative solutions in the final act. The story's only real fault in that regard is an over-abundance of tech babble.

Beyond that, it's a delightful two hours. It does a good job introducing Constance Clark as the new companion and establishing her relationship with the Doctor. Spy Robbie Flint makes a great character whose constant shifts in allegiance are often surprising. The cast also includes Hugh Frasier. Overall, a strong to the trilogy and a new era in Sixth Doctor stories.
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Reviewed By: xeryus63Review Date: 10/31/15 3:54 pm
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A great story to properly introduce Mrs Constance Clarke as a companion for the sixth doctor.
A feisty no-nonsense woman who takes no prisoners.
Plus it dangles a question mark over her back story involving Mr Clarke - which is bound to be an overarching storyline for her time as his companion.
Uses the background of Bletchly Park and the whole background we've come to know of Enigma from TV, films & books.
So it doesn't need to explicitly spell out the story so far, it's already got a bit of a leg up on that score already so it can concentrate on developing its own plot and characters without the baggage of having to explain lots of history and what's been happening

I have to say I really enjoyed this and it was good where the Doctor couldn't just magic a solution out of thin air using his TARDIS but had to weave through double bluffs and double agents even triple agents !