Reviewed By: JMChurch25
Review 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.