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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 7/12/16 10:55 pm
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Jamie is under the idea that all aliens are hostile after his long experience of nearly getting killed every time he faces one. He's having a heated argument with Zoe when the TARDIS crew run into the Integral, a group of alien who are trying to soothe people driven to mental illness by a computer game.

The story had a few moments when it got lost in technobabble or came off as condescending to Jamie. The story does get better in the second half, however, with a nice bit of turnabout in the end.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 7/1/16 4:59 pm
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David Bartlett's script is both technically complex, and also a very intense almost a claustrophobic, busy style. We have a concept of video game infection, which is being treated by a collective conscious, the collective gestalt that is somehow managing to keep the patients within the Aspen Treatment centre from killing each other, is being supplemented by a Doctor who is trying to develop a method of controlling the afflicted in the same way, without the need of this alien intervention. However things are not going as they should, and the story as the injection of the mad scientist element, so often used by the storyteller is used as part of the storytelling for this outing. Mmmmmm, this story I had to do a couple of listen to's as first it did't sit well in my head with what was actually going on, and I had one of those issues of trying to reign in my mind to concentrate. The words once they start to form that picture in your head that the writer and the actors are trying to portray, started to form, and left me with a rather good, story. Yes as I said at the start it is complex, but it is as the additional extra's tell us, a second Doctor story, which, instead of it being the aliens trapping the Doctor on a space base, it is the aliens that are actually the ones who are being trapped, by interjecting the "mad scientist" principle. The Integral is possibly a real shining star here in the sense that it has a little more each listen that reveals more of the story. Highly enjoyable, clever script, and some cracking argument.