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124. Patient Zero

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 9/1/15 8:36 am
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Charlie is taken ill with a sentient virus called Mila, that escaped from the Daleks during the events of ‘The Chase’ and has been with him ever since. It has taken over Charlie who is a safe haven from the TARDIS’s immune system. The Doctor puts Charlie in the Zero room while he attempts to find a cure. ‘The Doctor’ ventures outside to find a solution to Charlie’s predicament and only gets himself sentenced to death – LOL! What is he like, eh? Numpty.

This takes a few years, during which Charlie is in a coma. The Doctor traces the virus’s origins back to a facility called ‘Amethyst’ that specialises in virus warfare. Once there one wrong word is all it takes for the Doctor to be sentenced to death. He is then rescued by invading time travelling Daleks looking for patient zero. Leaving the Doctor between a rock and a hard place.

The theme is assimilation. The Daleks want to make people Daleks, the virus wants to assimilate Charlie. These Daleks are very shouty with the kind of dialogue only a Dalek can say seriously. But they are merely foot soldiers for the Time Controller (Dalek), who sounds a bit like the mad Dalek Caan. Colin and Charlie are a dynamite combination and the mischievous and mysterious Mila is a fantastic idea. Sixie is better here than in any other story I remember, and Charlie takes centre stage, and it has Viyrans. It’s exciting and dramatic.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/17/15 8:46 am
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Charley Pollard, who first traveled with the Eighth Doctor, has worked to keep her true history from the Sixth Doctor. Just as the Doctor is finally demanding and explanation, Charley gets deathly ill and the Doctor had to find a cure which leads them to a mysterious planet which houses countless infectious diseases.

While the Doctor's away, Charley meets Mila, an intruder who has been in the TARDIS since the First Doctor and is determined to change places with Charley. And then the Daleks arrive.

This story has a lot of concepts and a very complex plot and it really would be easy for it all to become too much. Yet, Nicholas Briggs' masterful script keeps everything in balance and we get a story that is a Sci Fi marvel with its mix of concepts and characters(the Fratelin Collective, the Viyrans, the Dalek Time Controller). I really appreciated how Briggs wrote the character of Mila. It really would have been easy to make her just a truly evil insane person, but she's a sympathetic character who even Charley feels bad for her, even though she is also a bit of a psycho. India Fisher turns in her best performance in Doctor Who, doing double duty as a wounded normal Charley and also breathing life into a new Mila Charley.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 2/4/15 11:06 am
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It is pretty hard for a Who story with Daleks to go wrong, and guess what this doesn't, painted behind the backdrop of the fact that the Doctor is trying to work out exactly who Charlie is and what she means to him or his future or past self. The penny is starting to drop, and he will discover without her having her to actually confess. With a virus effecting Charlie the Doctor gets drawn to the planet where it appears is a biological store of virus, to prevent them from being used as a biological weapon. However aboard the TARDIS is something else, something that is only accessible to Charlie in part due to her past life timeline twist. The Doctor faces off against the Daleks who are soon on the seen also seeking the entity of patient Zero, as it turns out that this entity aboard the TARDIS is the result of the Daleks trying to create a Dalek creating virus, which has not quite worked out as they thought.
This is a cracking little No6 adventure and proves to further the Dalek/Who history. Well worth the listen, and, India and Colin again show that their partnership is really sparking.
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Reviewed By: templetongateReview Date: 7/2/13 3:31 pm
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This is massive fun. Clever, layered, it shows Briggs playing some very effective emotion cards. And what you hear is what you get - clear, direct story-telling. Sometimes a little loud (Daleks a-yell-yell: avoid if you have the merest of headaches), it manages to make me sad for Charley and - curse your manipulative ways - resentful of Mila.

Much praise to Michael Maloney. He makes Fratalin and his familiars thoroughly sympathetic, yet still distantly controlled. And the man can do a gurgly, gut-wrenching scream like few others. I can only imagine the hell of the editing process to stop him blowing 10,000 speakers.