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125. Paper Cuts

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Reviewed By: mrsaxonReview Date: 10/28/18 2:35 pm
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

I liked the concepts which underpinned this story, but the story itself was a little bit dull. In particular, the final episode is overly-long and drags somewhat. The antagonist was the usual shouty, power-hungry type of chap which we've seen many times before, and nothing new was added here. "I DEMAND your loyalty" and all that business.


It was also a bit odd that the Doctor seemed rather pleased with the notion that one day the Draconian Empire would be rebuilt - a rather unDoctorish notion I would've thought.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 1/21/16 10:38 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

'Paper Cuts' by Marc Platt is a rather odd story. It starts off as a cross between a ghost story and a murder mystery for the first half before going all base under siege. It's also unusual that they would bring back the Draconians but they work well with the far Eastern symbolism; although, they don't seem to have the spiritually enlightened aspect of the culture as they spend most of their time squabbling and scheming. The Emperor is being laid to rest in his tomb and has asked The Doctor to attend the ceremony. We later learn that the Emperor is not dead but has been embalmed alive with life-support in order to play games with other past Emperors. Sounds more like a retirement home than a necropolis with the atmosphere to match. Even though this is meant to be a trilogy, nothing in this that happens has anything to do with the story arc. Charlie is still Mila, for now, but the difference isn't easy to discern. It's not weighed down with continuity either, but on the bright side it is needlessly complicated for no real reason. The production and acting are fine; the directing adequate but it does move rather slowly and isn't one of Marc Platt's better stories. Ultimately forgettable.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/17/15 8:49 am
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An okay but not great story coming off the brilliant Patient Zero, this one was a letdown. Coming after Patient Zero, Charley is actually Mila, a disembodied woman who has been travelling in the TARDIS unbeknownst to the Doctor since, The Dalek Invasion of Earth. She has taken Charley's place and mostly acts like Charley throughout. Platt dropped in a few hints of the switch but they seemed mostly too subtle to really forward that plot.

The plot is interesting with a nice mystery element, but did stretch believablity, even for Doctor Who. The Draconians are a somewhat unlikable and unrelatable lot which makes this a hard story to get into. Colin Baker turns in a great performance as the Doctor and makes this a decent story despite it flaws.

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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 2/5/15 5:11 pm
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This I must admit I listened to this with more interest in what was going on with the Charlie, after we find out that the viral version of her is in full control, and traveling with the Doctor. Charlie is now in the keep of the Viyrans who seem to have an interest in her. However the character of Charlie is now exploring a new world of Draconia with good old No.6 who is getting more and more suspicious of Charlie in what ever guise she is. But matters on Draconia are taking over, the ruthless Queen mother is hiding a big secret about the way they deal with the dead, the biggest question becomes apparent of are they dead! Who will succeed the potentially dead emperor? Why are the trinkets that are left so important, and why are the walls seemingly painting the inner thoughts of our company. All of this and there is still the question of Charlotte Pollard to answer.

Overall this is a weak story, it is in part filler drama I didn't get the theme of soldiers that can create such fear, when they are essentially made from paper, the whole political struggle and cloak and dagger style of upper hierarchy being almost paraphiliac sensibilities due to a need to control the ebb and flow of their monarchy seems a little lack lustre. You even get the feeling Colin and India are just putting in a shift, and not really pushing themselves or the material anywhere with this.