Reviewed By: JMChurch25
Review Date: 3/27/19 3:27 pm
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What is the true price of giving life? If someone discovered the way to bring someone fully back from the dead, how much of a good thing would that be and what would be the ramifications? And what would happen if at the brink of death you were suddenly given a chance for a proper life? Those are some of the questions that 'Full Life' asks with a surprisingly dark and very engaging forty-five-minute adventure.
It starts out in a very predictable fashion but rapidly takes a shocking left turn and engages you with an interesting what-if scenario where Adric is left on his own and given the opportunity to live that he never got in normal canon. Given how much this character is typically despised by the fandom, the fact that the script by Joseph Lidster genuinely moves you and brings you to tears before the end is frankly a huge surprise.
This is especially buoyed by the fact that this is easily Matthew Waterhouse's best performance as Adric and not just in audio form. It's perhaps the best of any of his stories on and off screen EVER and it's an incredibly refreshing change. It's not just Waterhouse's subtle performance and less egotistical temperament that makes the character work. The writing actually forces the character into deeper territory giving him the chance to grow and feel far more mature than we've ever seen him be and not just because he's literally forced to grow up. It's redeeming proof that this character can work if given the right material and performance and it's frankly almost a miracle.
It's not quite perfect as it is a tad repetitive at the beginning with its structure. Anyone who knows their Doctor Who history really well also knows where this has to end in order to fit into canon and so the climax is a bit predictable in that regard. But outside of that, 'Full Life' is a damn amazing story that goes a long way to redeeming one of the most lackluster companions in all of Classic Who. If you have any lingering feelings of hate for this character, I dare you to give this one a try and see how strong they are afterward.