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VI. Return to the Web Planet

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Reviewed By: XxDachshundxX Review Date: 10/17/18 7:35 am
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This story, being the second in the Return Trilogy of the Bonus Range, is something of a curiosity. It’s rather a different tale to what we’ve gotten before, and is very mixed in opinions.
I must confess here that I love The Web Planet. The First Doctor television story is generally considered to be pretty bad, but I find it enjoyable and loveable. Maybe that’s why I decided to buy it on CD and listen to it, and is probably the reason I liked it so much.
The story gives us two Menoptera characters, who the Doctor and Nyssa meet and learn about. These characters are fleshed out and developed, which is rare for a story so short. A common criticism is that there is too much of learning about the characters, but I think it works well with the story. These characters have motives, flaws, likes, dislikes, and personalities.
The world of Vortis is different to how we have seen it before, all luscious and green. The descriptions from the characters gave me images of beautiful trees and forestine landscapes. However, I feel that there was no sound effects to match this description. Maybe some wind through the leaves or some rustling would have benefitted, but there’s nothing supporting it. I love the imagery of stone towers and cities of light on the horizon, and the swirling spiral masses of space, it is all so picturesque.
The story with Mother Nature I felt was a bit rushed. I wanted to see more of her, and who she was, instead of the info-dump at the end. I don’t mind the info-dump, as it comes part of the climax, but the villain of the story needed more development. The two human characters are interesting, but do little. They serve as plot points rather than characters. However, as they do link with the overall narrative, it doesn’t bother me as much.
So as a sequel to The Web Planet? I think it works well. Much of that story is references and a Zarbi is even named ‘Arbara’. It’s interesting seeing how much Vortis has changed and what it’s like now.
So overall, a fun narrative and so far, the best from the Return Trilogy. I’m looking forward to listening Return of the Krotons and I’ll be reviewing that soon.

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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 3/26/18 11:10 pm
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Most of this story wasn't even about anything; it was just one of those stories where we are given a background that the main characters can interact against.
The Doctor and Nyssa meets some aliens and learn about their lives. It takes quite a while before any actual adventure eventuates.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 1/12/16 10:13 am
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Did we really need a sequel to 'The Web Planet'? Probably not but we got one anyway. The Doctor and Nyssa arrive on Vortis and as usual, get caught up in events. The plot keeps you guessing by unfurling slowly but the lack of pace and clear direction is what kills this for me, along with the rather unusual resolution. The original TV story was quite gruesome but robbed of impact by poor production values. This follow-up makes an interesting stab a body horror but the atmosphere is chronically undermined by the lack of engaging atmosphere. The music and effects seem more concerned with nostalgia, and this is part of the reason why I think the whole story, which is quite well written, is burdened with Vortis, The Menoptra and Zarbi. Saying that, it also lacks interesting characters but if it was unfettered by being a sequel this would probably stand up a lot better. Unfocused and not a classic by any means but worth a listen.