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204. Criss-Cross

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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 10/7/18 3:04 pm
0 out of 1 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
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

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 !