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226b. World Apart

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Shadow Planet/World Apart
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 3/12/18 5:40 pm
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Continuing on more or less directly from "Shadow Planet", the TARDIS is drawn to a literal shadow planet in the time vortex. Called Nirvana and seemingly impossible by its' very nature, this one ends up being solely focused on the main trio as they are alone on a strange alien world covered in misty pink snow. In that sense, "World Apart" is a very different and extremely atmospheric story that gives Ace and Hex time to shine in the spotlight a little bit more while Seven gets to take a back seat exploring and giddily enjoying himself (at least at first). Even the Doctor is in the dark with this one initially and when he realizes what's going on, it seriously scares him which doesn't happen too often with this incarnation meaning that things are definitely serious. This fear drives everything else and brings some really creepy moments and revelations about the planet itself especially in the second half when everything gets turned around on its head. Despite all of this, the revelations aren't that big and there isn't too much really driving the narrative storywise and plot wise turning the audio into more of a clever character study for our cast members in particular Ace and Hex and their complicated relationship. The soundscape and in particular the silence combined with this character drama really drives everything else especially with a weaker plot. We also really start to see Hex growing very disillusioned with his travels and the TARDIS team which would come to a head in future stories especially given Seven and his very nature. Sophie Aldred and Philip Oliver are both brilliant in this story and powerful in their words and actions especially with each other. The Seventh Doctor as played by McCoy is good as well and his actions are so very much especially as he is forced to do things that wouldn't exactly fly with the other Doctors to do the right thing for everyone in the end. Overall, it's definitely a better story than its predecessor but not by too much. They both have their overall strengths and weaknesses but if I had to pick one of the two that stuck out to me more it would definitely be this one. With that being said, I didn't find myself as drawn into 'World Apart' as I was hoping for especially considering the praises of other reviewers who really enjoyed it and while it's good it does feel very much like a one time listen.  
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 8/8/17 11:14 pm
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I am really finding this one hard to score.
The whole first episode was a boring pointless exploration that only became interesting in the minutes before a very good cliff hanger ending. I think perhaps the two part structure was not well used here.

Scott Handcock has done some great work in other series such as Benny, but this is his first foray into the Doctor Who Main Range and I felt his characterisations where not quite right especially for a story that was character driven. This is not the time for someone to be writing their first Hex story.

As for the plot itself. The TARDIS lands on a Shadow Planet in the vortex (now I'm confused about the titles of these episodes) and there is a very challenge-free exploration leading to the realisation of where they are. There is not enough mystery to draw the listener in. I felt like the characters were just going through the motions until the last few minutes of part 1, then it all happens at once. The second half is better, but I'm not sure if it will get a second listen.