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7. A Storm of Angels

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 2/15/19 10:15 pm
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The first of two official sequel stories to other audios in the range, "A Storm of Angels" follows up on "Auld Mortality" with the Time Lords in pursuit of the Doctor and Susan who have been roaming through history willy nilly and causing inadvertent damage to the timelines. It's an interesting idea and after the god awful taste that "Exile" left in my mouth, I was ready and begging for some quality with this range again.

'Angels' definitely makes a decent go of it with plenty to enjoy and lots to love about it. The same fresh and vibrant feel of 'Mortality' is definitely still here and there are some great visuals and ideas reminiscent of Disney's "Treasure Planet" of all things. The score also backs it up rather well and it simply feels magical in places. The cast is also still good with both Geoffrey Bayldon and Carole Ann Ford still proving to be a great alternate Doctor/granddaughter team even if the story cheats a little bit given one of the bigger twists eventually revealed.

Unfortunately, this story has far more problems than 'Mortality' did to the point where this one not only doesn't feel necessary but also feels like an inferior copy. While its predecessor thoroughly explored the possibilities of the scenario and setting to great effect, Marc Platt's script doesn't touch on the question it wants to tackle beyond the most cursory of examinations. Nothing much about it is really explored and the consequences never take shape beyond a time agent pursuing the TARDIS and one or two bigger moments that we've seen done before. The rest of the story centers around a fairly standard alien plot that while fine is rather uninvolving. It doesn't really grip you that much or do anything that we haven't seen before which doesn't do justice to the 'Unbound' ideas it's supposed to foster. These elements would've worked just as well in a normal Doctor Who story without the hoisted on trappings of the alternate universe line and the minor threads of the bigger question that simply don't end up going anywhere.

That's not at all to say this story is that bad per se. I would personally argue that this is decent and even pretty good compared to other tales inside and outside of this range. There is still a ton to recommend here to enjoy especially in terms of the great cast and gorgeous minor elements. But the driving plot and narrative never really tries to justify its own existence and the drawn-out length and unnecessary padding make it feel like a fun distraction rather than a strong continuation of a good saga. I'm not sure we needed a sequel to this particular timeline even after listening to it but 'Storm of Angels' is still a good little outing even if it's not necessarily a great one that had to exist.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 8/5/17 2:39 am
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I always seem to like beginnings more than endings. When I was a kid, my local PBS station used to show movie-length episodes of "Doctor Who" every night at 9:00pm. Normally, I wasn't allowed to stay up later than 9:00pm, but my parents made an exception for Saturdays so that I could watch "Doctor Who". And I always fell asleep on the sofa, and my dad would carry me up to bed. The next morning I would get up, run downstairs, rewind the VCR, and start again from the very beginning. I wonder if that's why I like beginnings so much.

By the time we get to the last two episodes of this story, I don't really have much interest left in the plot. There's this alien creature, and it's threatening Earth, and yadda yadda yadda. I'm sure I'm being terribly unfair, but that simply isn't what interests me about this story. Instead, it's the Doctor and Susan. And the beginning of this story is much more about the Doctor/Susan side of things, while the alien plot is allowed to build up slowly.

Geoffrey Bayldon's alternate version of the first Doctor, originally introduced in "Auld Mortality", is utterly delightful. His enthusiasm for travel and adventure is infectious. It's a joy to watch him match wits Francis Drake, John Dee, and Zeuro. Bayldon's Doctor is not an imitation of Hartnell's original, and he isn't meant to be, but the characters have a lot in common. I think of it as a kind of re-interpretation of the same character. Bayldon's performance captures the range of Hartnell's, giving us a Doctor who can be stubborn, obstinate, and downright rude, and yet also deferential, charming, and utterly devoted to his granddaughter.

This is a Marc Platt story, so it's no surprise that it presents us with a world that seems strange, and yet feels totally genuine. This story gives us an alternative history where Francis Drake was exploring space, facing off in pitched battles against the Mayan Empire, and trying desperately to get back to Earth in time for Queen Elizabeth's re-election. With evocative dialogue and compelling characters, the setting is instantly believable. This is one of Platt's greatest strengths, and one reason why he's one of my favorite writers.

It's also fascinating to get a version of the first Doctor era where we're allowed to talk about Gallifrey and Time Lords and stuff. Usually, stories involving early Doctor avoid these things in order to preserve the authentic feel of those eras of the television series, and I wouldn't have it any other way. But with the Bayldon Doctor, such constraints can be safely relaxed, and that's fun too.

I would have loved to have heard more adventures with Geoffrey Bayldon in the role. But even with just these two outings, he was a truly wonderful Doctor.

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/1/15 8:02 am
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I found this a bit slow to start with but it has a great array of characters. There is some rather fantastical imagery and the story itself is ok. Carol is great as Susan who has much more depth of character here, and Geoffrey Bayldon as the Doctor does very well indeed. Even though this doesn't do much wrong I just found this rather uninvolving and a bit too long. At least there was a decent twist at the end, and a rousing ending.
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Reviewed By: MegaplumfinityReview Date: 10/27/14 3:01 pm
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An excellent, atmospheric tale stuffed full of intriguing ideas, fantastic imagery and interesting characters. Carole Ann Ford is the real star here playing dual roles but the script, music and production all combine to make this probably the best of Big Finish's Unbound line.