Reviewed By: JMChurch25
Review Date: 5/17/17 4:57 pm
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The TARDIS encounters a string of ten worlds all of which have been utterly obliterated by some unknown device with immense power. The planet of Traxana seems to be next in line for destruction but when the Doctor and Nyssa land on the planet, the two are separated by mysterious green arachnoid creatures and the Doctor is left on his own to handle the oncoming force. But with suspicious inhabitants and these 'cell-spiders' wreaking havoc, can the Doctor and Nyssa find a way to save the planet and stop the destruction? I really do love this Tardis duo as you'll see in future reviews but this one is definitely one of their weaker stories. The pacing and writing on this one is way off even from the very beginning to me with almost no lead or atmosphere to bring us in before we are immediately dropped in to the plot and this awkward pacing is present all through the whole story which is really distracting. This is also a very standard Who story with not much new or interesting to it with Doctor and companion being expectedly separated only to be reunited by the end, an extremely predictable cliffhanger between its two parts, and a basic plot where Part 1 sets up the players and the plot and Part 2 sees them all play out in traditional fashion. However, that second part has some truly good parts to it that redeem it a little. I love how Five really gets pushed to the limit here in desperate action after desperate action which is very unlike his character. This is Five at his most vengeful and rage-filled which is definitely a sight to see and something I wish we had more in his TV stories. There are also some big twists and surprises related to the 'cell-spiders' in its second part that are unexpected and very well done leading to a good climax and conclusion that I doubt you'll see coming. For a standard 50 minute romp with the Doctor and Nyssa, this story may be a little bit boilerplate but the good parts definitely outweigh the bad and you certainly won't regret it.