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2. The Genesis Chamber

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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 11/6/18 4:13 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

I've always found it a bit odd that Philip Hinchcliffe wrote scripts for Doctor Who, or at least story outlines that were never used and as an experiment for a Big Finish Range similar to the Lost Stories they really work. The Genesis Chamber I think gets a bit of a hard looking at by people as it's the third story in the range of Philip Hinchcliffe Presents after two amazing entries in the first box set. The Genesis Chamber takes the standard Hinchcliffe and Holmes formula of taking a piece of classic literature and putting a Doctor Who style twist on it, this time Huxley's Brave New World with an odd Shakespeare mashup of Romeo and Juliet in what I can honestly say is an extremely enjoyable story. The biggest problem here is that a lot of the pacing seems off due to the plot starting in one place but ending up in a completely different plotline which isn't nearly as interesting. Ending in a standard alien invasion plot is not the best place to go with the story as the Romeo and Juliet/Brave New World plot ends halfway through the story and is picked up in the final scene. Louise Jameson and Tom Baker as always have amazing chemistry throughout the story, but I really don't like the idea of Leela falling in love just to have her lover die. If this was a television story I would love to have it replace The Invasion of Time and give Leela a well crafted romantic interest and then exit.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 1/17/17 2:25 am
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Like a classic six-parter, this story has a long introduction, rolls into the plot and allows each issue to be resolved one by one. There is time to do it all. We begin with a setting and its curiosities being unrolled before us, giving us time to picture the world and its people. We are introduced to character slowy enough to take them in. Then we find a menace that exploits the weaknesses of the setting. In many ways, this is good science fiction as it explores ideas. It is true to the style of classic who in the way it unfolds and stretches out to six episodes.

It is also a little too long, with a setting that failed to capture my imagination involving characters that mostly failed to get my empathy. Sadly this just felt too long for me and the good ideas and characters that I loved were lost among the other mediocre ones.

At six episodes it may not get a second listen, which is a shame as it deserves better. Had this been a shorter release it would have been better.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 9/30/16 1:07 pm
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The Genesis Chamber has several things working for it. The story main idea is solid, "Romeo and Juliet meets Brave New World," as well as the idea of humans colonizing a planet that aliens have the right to and are already on.

The acting is very good with Tom Baker in top form as the Doctor and we get to see a sort of menace and uncertainty about what the Doctor might do after one plot turn. In addition, the supporting characters are very well-played particularly the star-crossed lovers.

However what hurts the story is that unlike Big Finish's prior Fourth Doctor six-parters, this story is padded. There's just not enough story to justify this length and it'd have been better at four parts. In addition, the villains aren't particularly memorable or interesting. I also felt the computer in this story became a bit of a deus ex machina.

Overall, it has some good ideas, and some enjoyable moments, but it could have been far better.
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Reviewed By: YorickReview Date: 9/19/16 8:01 pm
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Not as good as Vol.1 and The Foe from the Future but still worth a listen