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126. Blue Forgotten Planet

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 1/22/16 2:34 pm
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'Blue Forgotten Planet' written and directed by Nick Briggs feels like a continuation of, 'Prisoner Zero' more than anything. It has the same air of mystery and adrenalin-charged atmosphere. The sixth Doctor is still blissfully unaware that Charlie isn't who she claims to be and that the woman claiming to be Charlie isn't Charlie. The Viyrans are hovering above the Earth's surface experimenting on humans and trying to save from a virus. The virus has caused the human race to forget how to be civilised and humanity has gone feral. Time has finally caught up with Mila.

This is surprisingly detailed and really a rather good story for Nick Briggs. His direction is also rather good, but I do feel he has gone overboard with the music in places. It's sounds brilliant but overused. At this point in Colin's career, I don't think it is possible for him to give a bad performance. Likewise, India Fisher gives her usual strong performance but must have loved playing the dual role. The whole identity theft thing makes a rather good theme for, 'Doctor Who'. And you never quite know what to make of the Viyrans.

There aren't really any bad guys as such but the Viyrans have done an equal amount of good and bad which makes them rather complex and hard to work out. This makes it a more mature story in my opinion. There is also a certain amount of ambiguity in the resolution involving Mila and Charlie, which provides food for thought, but there are also plenty of explosive, action-packed moments that strike a nice balance.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/17/15 8:50 am
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The Blue Forgotten Planet represents the curtain call for Charlotte Pollard as the sixth doctor's companion. Mila had taken over Chaley's identity and impersonated and was able to do this due to the secret that Charley herself was keeping from the Doctor namely that she was a companion of the Doctor's future self. This serial brings the whole story to a great conclusion.

There's a good deal of suspense surrounding a plague of madness infesting the Earth as well as what the interests of the Viyrans are in Earth and the Blue Forgotten Planet project. There's also a bit of Dark Comedy around the Viyrans that serves as a great illustration of people who don't understand the idea of tradeoffs.

The highlight is the inevitable end of the journey and its handled splendidly. India Fisher is great as both Charley and Mila Charley. The character of Charley shows great personal growth as the story comes to its bittersweet end.

Colin Baker turns in another great performance as the Doctor with a wide-ranging performance. The final scene between Baker and Fisher is superb as is the last scene of the story which in a very low key way expresses all the emotion that this series has built.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 2/5/15 5:47 pm
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At last, where Paper Cuts the previous outing was lack lustre this a big hulking, meaty, full fat slab of drama, that answers a lot more about Charlie and what the future may hold, and indeed what the future may hold for the Doctor. The story itself I found much more than the some of it's parts. It delivered a first rate story, that very subtly wraps up the whole story arc of Charlie the Doctor, Viyrans and Charlie's dopplganger. There are some cracking performances from all the cast, especially I thought the unique twist were the Viyrans having a hand in future of earth's evolution. It was superb that they way that story at pace starts to twist and turn combining all the story arc elements of the last two releases and then drop the answer bomb on you about. No one escapes as Charlotte, Mila and the Doctor all get answers to their lives. The ending is simply stunning, and India Fisher obvious affection for her timelord is tangibly real. Well done India you blew the rest of the cast away in this one.
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Reviewed By: templetongateReview Date: 7/6/13 9:06 am
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And another one re-evaluated some time after the original listening... the Charley-finale.

Clever old Briggs gets us out of the Charley conundrum but somehow fumbles the emotional punch of it. It doesn't quite work: perhaps because a lot of the online commentary was about Charley fatigue, or perhaps because the real punch came with her leaving of McGann. This time through I've not been looking online, rather just enjoying her story as it progressed from the divergence universe. The telling has been clearer (more masculine, somehow - plotty), but also fails in the same places as Matt Smith's episodes: a tad too much brain-work.

I'll stop rambling: it's Mila's fault. Taking her story forward - with hints of a longer journey with the Doctor than Charley ever enjoyed - simply stops the whole thing being about the Doctor/Charley dynamic. And that's where the heart of their story was. So...that leaves us with another earth-wrecked / no way to come back type adventure and lots of cleverness on the edges.

Beautifully put together, but like listening to an uninvolving puzzle being played out.