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3.6 - The Darkening Eye

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Reviewed By: joehurl89Review Date: 6/17/16 6:52 am
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5th Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan & Adric(told by Nyssa)
The audio wasn't bad, the plot was really good, I wish the bad guy hadn't have been turned to stone, he could make one hell of a recurring enemy, acting was superb, hope there is more from Nyssa after Terminus.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/23/16 5:28 am
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This is a story thick with concepts and continuity as the 5th Doctor, Nyssa, Tegan, and Adric meet up with the Dar Traders. The story was a decent hour of listening, though it felt like there was far too much explaining and the attempts at characterization had limited success.

What makes the story stand out is all the Easter Eggs in it. Listeners get a prequel to the McCoy audio release, "The Death Collectors," as well as find out what happened to Nyssa after the TV episode, "Terminus" This would also set the stage for the series of audio adventures with an older Nyssa rejoining the Doctor, Tegan, and Turlough in a series of main range releases. Beyond that, it's just an okay Companion Chronicle.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 6/21/15 3:33 pm
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I personally had to take three attempts to get through this companion chronicles outing it was one of those stories the the devil was in the detail. Not so much from a plot point of view as that was easy to grasp. There are some finer points of this story that are quite easily missed if you don't pay attention, and they will detract from the overall story content if you miss them. The Dar Traders are a re-occuring alien entity within the Doctor Who universe. They are collectors of death. They consume the dead, and, held here within this story we see them go from observer to life giver. This is a fifth Doctor story when all said and done, however, is wonderfully told through the eyes of Nyssa. Sarah Sutton who plays her I feel is a much maligned actress for whom I think is far better than most give her credit for, and here, in this within The Darkening Eye, we see her in her full glory, she is wonderfully accurate in her mimicry, not so much in the literal sense, but in the terms of her getting across the other parties in the story, their individual mannerisms, their adoption of their characterise that the various writers of Who have given the likes of the Dr, Adric Tegan, and Nyssa herself. The story itself concentrates on the Tardis being pulled to a distress call, for the crew only to find that they are admit a war, they encounter the Dar Traders for whom war offers them rich pickings. In turn after a catalogue of events, we find that the distress call as been sent out by a hired gun, whom cheats death, but he needs a TimeLord in order to give the regenration cabinet he uses to prevent his demise, and that the Doctor will provide the much needed source of power. However as you can imagine this not the way things are going to end.

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Reviewed By: A_Mild_CuriosityReview Date: 5/6/13 1:40 pm
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I was feeling trepidatious about whether I would enjoy this Companion Chronicle as Nyssa has never been amongst my favourite of the Doctor's companions, and I doubted whether I could stand to listen to an hour of her cold, passionless delivery. But although I did not enjoy this, it was for a completely different reason than I expected.

Surprisingly, I found Nyssa's stoic attitude actually supports both the story-telling strucutre of the Companion Chronicles as well as the dramatic theme of this work. For me 'The Darkening Eye' fell apart at the script level as, after an admittedly atmospheric beginning, the tale devolves into a series of "And then this happened".

But most galling for me is the conclusion, where Sheargold decides that Nyssa's success with the Terminus project should not depend on her scientific knowledge, or her patient and methodical approach to problem-solving, but on a bunch of disease innoculations the Dar Traders pumped her with to save her from...a stab wound.

If you're looking for a Nyssa story that deals with the themes of grief, death, and what lies beyond, I highly recommend you check out David Bishop's 'Empire of Death', and avoid this like Lazar's Disease.