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1.1 - Time Heals

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 8/1/17 2:27 pm
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There's a lot going on in this story, very little of it was set up in "The Coup". Still, it's best to listen to that story first, as it introduces ICIS and several important characters. Frankly, I think there's too much going in this story, and it would have benefited enormously from a narrower focus and a slower pace.

Part of the problem is that this episode has to set into motion an ongoing story while also telling a standalone story. The teaser at the beginning of the episode reveals that an unknown has stolen a alien spacecraft from a UNIT convoy, and kidnapped UNIT Col. Brimmicombe-Wood. After the theme music plays, another story is introduced involving seeming unrelated mysterious events which are interpreted by the press as terrorist attacks. If I'm understanding the story correctly, these incidents are the unintended consequence of illicit time experiments rum by ICIS using technology recovered from the stolen spacecraft.

The key evidence leading UNIT to solve the mystery is provided by our old friend Lethbridge-Stewart, but frankly I wish they had left him out of the story and allowed UNIT to solve this themselves. As it stands, UNIT accomplishes very little in this story. They arrive on the scene of each mysterious incident to do damage control and issue vague, uninformative statements to the press, but that's about it. Once Lethbridge-Stewart gives them the vital clue, they quickly resolve the story with very little hassle. I suppose the idea was to have Lethbridge-Stewart (it's so hard not to call him "the Brig") take up what would have been the Doctor's role, in a way. Lethbridge-Stewart solves the mystery, and UNIT goes into handle the fighting. It's not a bad idea, and of course it's always lovely to hear Nicholas Courtney's voice. But it does leave UNIT looking a bit hapless in their own series debut.

This episode also introduces Col. Robert Dalton, brought in as a temporary replacement for the missing Brimmicombe-Wood. He's a terrific character, and the tentative relationship between him and Col. Chaudhry is very well done.

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 10/9/15 2:30 pm
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First proper release from Big Finish of the dedicated U.N.I.T spin off series. The initial taster release with Nicholas Courtney is a mouth moistener to this true release. I am coming at this from the point of review that I am listening to this with potentially only a couple of months before the new U.N.I.T range gets a release. Also saying that this was released before the very similar Counter Measures, one could argue that this may have been a fore runner, having listened to the Counter Measures releases before this collection of stories, then, there are some massive overlaps. However, in saying that it is in it's own rights accomplished, and, pushes the format in a different direction, when you consider there is no comparative as a standalone in the Who Universe.

The assembled cast are excellent, and they also convincing in their portrayal of a post U.N.I.T Brigadier's leadership era. What we have here is actually a well crafted, and superbly written release. In fact it bears no real integral Who in any sense of the word, as, this could standalone as a Sci-Fi audio drama in it's own right.

The story is based around corruption of the military using fringe and alien technology to provide a new super weapon. With the very commanding presence of Siri O'Neal playing Colonel Emily Chaudhry she leads the story through the twists and turns that are occurring due to the experiments. The experiments by the two scientists are being assisted by in this by the theft of alien space craft right from under U.N.I.T's nose, this is to gain useful technology advancements, it ends up bending time and resulting in a horrific train crash. We get flash back with the good old Brigadier who also experiences some nasty time slips. Nice cameo's here. All the threads start to come together bringing us to a fantastical conclusion, to this the first release.