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215. Fiesta of the Damned

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Reviewed By: mrsaxonReview Date: 3/31/19 1:35 pm
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

I went into this one wondering why it had such a low rating. After all, it was advertised as being set in the Spanish Civil War, with the odd zombie or two thrown in. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, the story itself isn’t great and the aliens are ill-defined and a bit dull. But the biggest problem here is that virtually nothing is done with the setting. The story is not at all about the Spanish Civil war, which is a huge waste of a fascinating but desperately tragic chapter for Europe. The story could’ve been set anywhere in any time, and Spain ends up being a mere backdrop.

Finally, I do wonder at the Doctor’s apparent joy at the end of the story and the line about the ‘inspiration’ of history. The world is about to enter into its most destructive war in its history, and one would’ve expected a dark, brooding, seventh Doctor to have made some reference to this. Instead, we are left picturing him about to find and play a set of spoons which is a tad jarring to say the least.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/3/18 5:52 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A pseudo-historical that probably would have worked better as an actual historical. Writer Guy Adams does a great job of establishing his setting of the Spanish Civil War and has some great characters, particularly the rebel commander Juan. However, the story is bogged down by an uninteresting alien threat. This detracts from an interesting historical and geographic setting. The result is an okay release that could have been far better.