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225a. Vortex Ice

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 10/9/18 1:33 am
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Vortex Ice finds the Doctor and Flip joining an expedition in a cave and uncovering themselves frozen in a substance known as Vortex Ice.

In many ways this seems like a typical "timey wimey" story but there's a bit more complexity and a few surprises in the Jonathan Morris script. In addition, I think it puts Flip into a very challenging situation which makes for good drama.

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Reviewed By: YorickReview Date: 8/9/18 5:58 pm
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Not as clever as it thinks it is. Smug storytelling with subaverage acting from the regulars.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 8/9/17 12:31 am
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The plot of this one can best be described as "An elegant complexity"
Within the space of two episodes, there are character introductions and settings established as a complex plot unwinds. It becomes a multi-doctor time travel scenario with a clear ambiguity as to which one is past and which one is future since Flip and the Doctor are both seeing events in a different order.
The story touches on the idea of not changing the known past, though it is not clear which past is correct. All these ideas come together perfectly, delivery a peerless cliff hanger between episodes and leaves the listener marvelling at how well a two part story can be told.
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Reviewed By: SpaceFritter Review Date: 5/31/17 12:08 am
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Vortex Ice is a very clever journey of the doctor interacting with his own personal time line. And we all know how dicey that can be!

The doctor is drawn to an "unknown energy source"or so we're first told. Landing the TARDIS with Pip in a cave located in Mexico. On arrival they of course bump into another party of scientists. The journey they jointly embark upon involves death, explosions, a cybernetic octopus with fantastic and quite disturbing powers over time itself. And of course, a crashed space ship.

This is an extremely clever story involving time. I can't say to much else I'll be including to many spoilers! Except to say that where you are in terms of the doctor's actual time line is more complex than you first imagine. In fact, its so cleverly done, this story is well worth another one or more listens to. That way you can turn truly appreciate the layers and twists the author has wound together and how these all connect very neatly in the end. Now, be warned, don't bother trying to make sense of this complexity the first time round. You won't be able to. For one, you don't get the final piece until right at the end! Nevertheless, it's still a fantastic amusing and wonderful mystery which fully explores the unique challenges of time travel.

In many ways it reminded me a lot of the seventh doctor stories. Because he's such a master at doing exactly what happens in this story. Although, for that doctor there circumstances after much more often intentional.

A wonderful story. I'll leave the review of the 2nd equally enjoyable story of this release to other reviewers