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Reviewed By: joehurl89Review Date: 6/14/16 3:26 am
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4th Doctor and Leela(told by Leela)
The only problem with this story is that the audio in the beginning is bad, otherwise, it fits right in with the time period, a very violent story, and great acting from Louis, a great plot and not many unanswered questions. A solid 9.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 6/20/15 4:43 pm
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Ok we have a Nigel Fairs outing with Leela (Louise Jameison) and also David Warner playing a rather corrupt and downright awkward Cathartics leader, co-ordinator Angel. Leela and the Doctor have come to the tranquil, peace abiding city of Synchronis, after a disaster in the Yardis forces them to land. It is not soon however before the Doctor is attacked by a strange beast, leaving him in a self induced coma, Leela is then persuaded to take part in the Empathy games, a sort of once a year purge on the rats that reside in the sewer, just to make things interesting the hunters of these vermin are linked telepathically to their prey the experiencing the horror of their actions. It is only when Leela the Co-ordinators chosen, decides that enough is enough, and rebels not t making the life of the rat, but allowing it to swarm amongst the population. Except these rats are the embodiment of disease, lies and mistruths of the society, they are subjected to this as embryo’s who have this evil injected into them, it is time like Leela herself, for the people to stand up to their fears themselves.

This is an interesting outing not I think as rounded as Catalyst another offering from Fairs with Leela in the main role, also this has that horrible story plot of nothing happens, the Doctor bows out during the first ten minutes, but steps back in at the end to save the day, as sort of easy day at the office for him. That aside this is a wonderful example of how good an actress Louise is, and for that it is well worth the listen. My own criticism if any is that this could have done with a little longer than 1hour to be the story that it is. It needed longer.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/10/15 9:37 am
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The Doctor and Leela land on a planet that seems to be paradise. However, the two are quickly attacked by a giant robot who sends the Doctor into a coma. While the Doctor is recovering, Leela, the warrior of the Severteen, is naturally chosen to participate in the planet's hunt but finds there's something far more sinister behind this hunt.

Overall, this was a quite enjoyable story. Louise Jameson was fantastic as Leela. Unlike Catalyst, this story doesn't treat her warrior nature as something to be always suppressed no matter how much it makes sense for her to fight, rather it develops her character. One of the best scenes in the story comes when she believes the Doctor to be dead and she follows the tradition of the Severteen to stay by the body until morning to protect it from evil and then go and find the guilty party. It's quite touching.

The bad part is that the framing story is really still pointless. In addition, Leela at one point says her tribe didn't kill for sport despite the fact that she said they did in the TV serial, "Robots of Death." Still, this was a really solid listen with some great emotional moments, as well as a great sense of suspense.
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Reviewed By: bryanReview Date: 8/18/10 9:33 pm
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I love Leela, I love Louise Jameson and I love the imagery of the rodents and the examination of life and death and choices.