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3.2 - Hothouse

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 3/24/15 4:06 pm
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Hothouse is probably my least favorite script by Jonathan Morris. Although bringing back the Krynoids from The Seeds of Doom, one of my personal favorite stories, the story doesn't do anything to make them grow. Morris' story is quite literally ripped off of the previous story, but the charisma of Harrison Chase, Scorby and Keeler is replaced with Alex Marlowe, a pop star turned environmentalist, Ondrak, a Russian, and Hazel Bright, who is the Keeler of the story but works for the World Ecology Bureau. Barnaby Edwards direction, while enjoyable doesn't hold a candle to Douglas Camfield's original direction. The script however is well written enough and the actors are enjoying themselves. Lysette Anthony's Hazel Bright gives a great performance as she becomes a Krynoid. Also the ending isn't thought out and could have extended on the Seeds of Doom by having the Krynoid escape and take over the world so a real missed opportunity there. Give it a listen however because it is a nice enough story
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/13/15 3:32 am
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Doctor Who rarely is as bad as when it tries to send an environmental message. It all ends up being shades of the Airzone Solution. And it seemed like Hothouse was headed in that direction, But ultimately, it didn't. The Krynoids make a truly menacing threat. I think the audio portrayed the horror of them quite well.

The guest cast is solid. Lysette Anthony turn as Hazel is a superbly acted performance as this very complex and tragic character. While Nigel Planner's performance is far from perfect as Alex Marlowe, I liked how the character could go to raving loony bad to a "reasonable" fascist environmentalist.

I do like the idea of the story focusing on an environmentalist (or as Lucie would say) "Enviro Mentalist" who has gone too far given how much time the show will usually imagine only religion and capitalism as being able to go to oppressive extremes.

The big highlight remains the Doctor and Lucie. Paul McGann turns as a performance as this Doctor who has been away from Earth from 600 years with foggy memories and disappointment at how things aren't quite how he remember. Lucie remains absolutely wonderful and her performance runs the gamut and the scene between Lucie and the Doctor at the end is beautifully done.

The story has its flaws, but overall this surprised me. It's an enjoyable story despite the environmental subtext.
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Reviewed By: SkyTwoReview Date: 12/13/13 3:16 am
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Another unconventional entry in the series, in that it's very much an "action thriller." Considering that the story is a sequel to Seeds of Doom, which is itself a direct descendant of The Thing From Another World, there aren't a whole lot of options in terms of providing a variation on the theme. Morris' solution seems to be to move the dial away from Quatermass and toward The Avengers. There isn't much more to it than that, but I generally find the action-oriented stories to be nicely paced and pretty refreshing, with Hothouse also having the virtue of building some genuine tension in spite of the familiarity of the proceedings. No mean feat.
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Reviewed By: PaulaPenguinReview Date: 3/14/13 7:11 pm
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From what I had heard about this release I was expecting some heavy-handedly deliverd morals. So I was pleasantly surprised that this was actually a strong, well-written story that manages to convey a point and still be enjoyable at the same time. A good stand alone story for 8/Lucie.