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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 5/12/19 6:37 pm
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Part 2 Continuing from Sisters of the Flame, Vengeance of Morbius dives deeper into referential material while explaining even less. Listeners unfamiliar with the source material (probably a minority, but still possible considering this range courts NuWho fans unfamiliar with the classic series) are subjected to nonsequitur references and are given a big baddie who has no context or motivation for his actions.

There are fundamental problems with the plot. The Sisterhood is a legitimate power based around a geological anomaly and the elixir they produce from it. Saying they are bamboozled out of their planet ignores that their immortality is borrowed and they have no purpose away from Karn. Depriving them of their home strips them of their meaning and purpose and turns them into a hollow plot point. Worse is Morbius. In his original story his brain was saved from execution and saved alive in a jar (plausible with the Sisterhood's elixir on the same world). This preserved his intellect and personality and led him naturally to escape his prison in a new body. There are real concerns about damage to the brain in surgery handling, or dropping it on the floor like a doofus. However, here Morbius's body is reconstructed from a scrap of brain tissue and his mind, intellect and memories, are resurrected in tact. This isn't a recreation using the Timelords' Matrix as seen in Gallifrey with the cults around Omega and Rassilon but a total revival of body and spirit from practically nothing. Beyond the impossible resurrection Morbius is rushed into the forefront without fleshing out his character or motives. He wants revenge against the Timelords so he takes away their ability to travel through time. Also, he wants to dominate the universe with the all but forgotten centipede creatures that seemed so important in the previous episode.

The whole thing is a mess that tries to be epic in scale but is too shallow to do it convincingly. The conclusion is weak as well and we get a Holmesian cliffhanger of sorts to end the series. Normally I love a 2 parter but this one underwhelms on nearly every level.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 3/22/15 6:27 pm
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Picking up where Sisters of the Flame left off, The Vengeance of Morbius gives us about half the story before having the Doctor and Lucie jump forward ten years to the universe taken over by Morbius. We don't get much on how Morbius conquered the universe but we know that the Earth was one of the places to put up a fight. Morbius being emperor of the universe is one of the more interesting portions of the story because the performance captures a bored empire easily. The cliffhanger is something to be heard so please buy it although there are a few flaws.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/12/15 10:16 am
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The Vengeance of Morbius has one or two things going for it depending on how you count: Sheridan Smith and her chemistry with Paul McGann. Smith remains a fantastic actress and does some great things with much of the material given her, even some of the over the top stuff which seemed to have been written for Pinky of Pinky and the Brain rather than Lucie Miller.

On the extras CD, Nick Briggs talked about how important it was do a story with Morbius which begs a question why this two part story didn't have Morbius in it until the last twenty minutes or so of this episode. There's barely time for Morbius to preen about how awesome his evil empire is before the Doctor collapses it. This story could have worked, but I think it was hindered not only by pacing issues, but the limit of squeezing everything in two fifty minute episodes. leading to a lot of plot contrivances of which Rosto (Alexander Siddig) is reduced to after being an absolutely fascinating character in the previous story.

The story ends on a weak cliffhanger in hopes of getting us to tune in next season I guess. Despite some decent performance, this final story of Series 2 was just overwhelmed by too many plot contrivances.
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Reviewed By: RainCityBCReview Date: 11/16/13 10:34 pm
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Not as strong as its predecessor, Sisters of the Flame.