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229. The Silurian Candidate

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/26/18 7:01 am
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Essentially, this story's a follow up to Warriors of the Deep as the Doctor lands on Earth during the new Cold War to make an offer to the Silurians.

This story has a few interesting ideas, as well as a few that have been done a lot. The plot isn't actually half bad, though the pacing is a bit off. What ultimately killed this for me was the dialogue, which was so often bad. The story also features the Carla Robots, which are now my least favorite robots in Doctor Who. Overall, a disappointing conclusion to a weak trilogy.
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Reviewed By: VDCNIReview Date: 1/30/18 7:30 pm
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Well this is dreadful. 

The dialogue is so bad I don't understand how the script made it through to production. It veers wildly between clunky, repetitive, silly and melodramatic without ever managing to be interesting. 

The beginning of episode two is just weird. The dinosaur attack is undramatic and then the reactions to it ring utterly false. The Doctor bitching about them shooting a dinosaur even though he did nothing to stop it himself and ignoring a dying man just doesn't work at all.

The first two episodes are a dull walk around, it never had enough energy to become a runaround, for the sake of one revelation which could have been discovered a lot quicker and then we run into the worst Australian accent of all time. It comes as no surprise when the actor says in the extras he's never done one before! Things happen for no rhyme or reason and then the writer tosses in a quick unsatisfying line to explain it. I suppose it's true to the period in that the writing, acting and directing all seem to be doing different things in a different tone to each other. 

In the extras when Nicholas Briggs says there will be a lot more stories from this writer it sounds more like a threat than anything else. 

It takes some going to make a sequel to Warriors Of The Deep and make it worse but this manages it!
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 10/23/17 10:47 pm
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This began with the moment I have been waiting for since the whole Ace/Mel reunion began: Actual meaningful, character driven dialogue which was followed by a story that allowed the three main characters to develop and interact as their characters should.

Matthew J Elliott is a writer I will be watching out for in the future.

The rest of the story, with the silurians and the dinosaurs was pretty good too.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 9/25/17 5:45 pm
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The year is 2085 and the world is on the brink of another Cold War. Mutual assured destruction could happen in the blink of an eye with both the East and the West primed and ready with intercontinental nuclear missiles on standby. It's in to this tense situation that the Seventh Doctor, Mel, and Ace land and encounter a professor Ruth Drexler desperate to find the mysterious and ancient Parliament of the Silurians that might be able to help the situation. With the Doctor and Drexler on the case, saving the world should be a no-brainer. But the Doctor has a mysterious mission of his own that could disrupt everything and put him at odds with even the Earth itself. This story is meant to conclude Big Finish's recent trilogy of Seven stories with 'High Price of Parking' and 'The Blood Furnace' and celebrate the Seventh Doctor's 30 year anniversary this year and it's one hell of a tribute. This story really does have it all in spades: an different story with a new take on a classic foe, the Seventh Doctor and his Machiavellian scheming, some great moments from both classic and companions, and the dark plot and twists that make Seven and his stories so interesting. All of the cast in this are also on their A game particularly McCoy who gets everything about his incarnation so right. He's dark and yet funny, voice all-encompassing, and always ahead of the curve with his plotting and planning even to the expense and morality of everyone around him. Langford as Mel and Aldred as Ace are as great as ever with specific parts to play in the narrative for once. Even Mel who normally gets a lot of the short stick has a role as the compassionate side to Ace's hardball and the Doctor's amoral nature and it's really her who ensures that the plot in this story gets foiled. While the side cast isn't quite as memorable, we do get Fiona Sheehan as the no-nonsense Drexler who plays really well off of Seven as well as Nicholas Asbury playing a Silurian puppet in control of the areas with the most to lose. While the plot is fine and good with it fitting really well not only in to the Seventh Doctor timeline but also the Silurians' canon as well, its the subplot that is the most intriguing with the Doctor's actual plans taking most of my interest. It elevates the story and the conflict up nicely and makes this one probably the best Silurian story I've heard in any medium. The soundscape and the design all also coordinate well and it all feels completely natural as it kept my interest the whole way through. My problems with this story are tiny in comparison to everything it does right. The Silurians themselves sound almost like Cybermen with their tone and voice inflections. I know these are supposed to be the species of Silurian from the Classic show and not New Who that Madame Vastra comes from and I love that but those voices did bug me just a tad. There are also some story beats that don't quite gel together as much as they should and the music is fine but not memorable. Overall though, I really loved this story and it's a perfect representation of Seven and his TARDIS team and how good his stories should always be.