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1.1 - The Starship Theseus

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/10/17 1:26 am
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The Eighth Doctor has tried to run away from the Time War but that comes to an end. The Doctor and his companion land on a luxury cruise liner that offers a bargain fare, but there's also a disappearing passenger. Overall, this is a very good story that manages to introduce subtle issues that escalate throughout the episode. The thrust of the story is that the Doctor has tried to run away from the Time War, but now the Time War is coming after him. A brilliant start to the box set.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 11/3/17 4:27 pm
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'Theseus' drops us in the early years of the War and presumably sometime after the events of 'Doom Coalition'. The Time Lords are quickly becoming cold to each other as winning the war is already becoming more important than individual lives and the Daleks are of course holding nothing back. Away from all of this, the Doctor and his companion Sheena (whom we haven't met before now) have landed on the luxury ship Theseus desperate for a holiday away from their normal troubles and travels. But when trouble promptly rears its head on board with passengers vanishing under mysterious circumstances, the pair of course take it upon themselves to investigate in the most Doctor-ish way possible. Things however are not as they seem and the Doctor is about to forcibly collide head on with the Time War in the most literal way possible. Needless to say even within the first story, no punches are pulled as the Doctor is being pursued by both sides for various reasons and both Daleks and Time Lords make their messages known. This War is happening whether the Doctor likes it or not and he can't avoid it forever. First off, let me just say that it's nice that Big Finish kept the War Doctor style theme for this set. It brings a real connection between the two series as well as establishes where the Eighth Doctor is about to head despite his best efforts. And start it does albeit a bit slowly at first but with a real purpose behind it. While 'Theseus' starts off as a lighter and better "Terror of the Vervoids" from the Sixth Doctor era, things almost immediately change in tone and plot once devices are revealed and the Time War comes into the fold about two-thirds of the way through. There are very subtle clues here and there that eventually both the listener and the Doctor pick up on as odd almost as if you're being slow and missing something that turn out to be hugely important lately including the companion Sheena herself. How and where she came from is revealed in the course of the story and it's much more surprising than you'd think. It in fact is part of the impetus and mystery itself behind what's going on which needless to say literally puts the 'time' in Time War. It's dark, clever, and extremely plausible given the scale of the war and very well done. Paul McGann continues to be great as the Eighth Doctor. He starts off more light-hearted than we've seen him in a long while as he is actually is trying to enjoy himself especially in his rapport with Sheena but of course as things progress it gradually shifts in to a man desperate to stay peaceful even as death and war close in all around him. He also gets to play a bit more of the human side that the War Doctor almost lost at times especially as by the end he's teamed with a group from the ship that puts him in a leadership role keeping them all safe. It's a brilliant performance that I'm hopeful will continue throughout the saga. The rest of the side cast is good if a little on the weak side at times with a band of refugees following him all the way through to the end including new companion Bliss (played by Rakhee Thakrar) who is established albeit very lightly. She doesn't seem to have much to do yet and hopefully that changes as the set goes but if I had to pick a weak link in this story it's unfortunately her. I can't remember a time when the Daleks have felt quite as motivated or powerful in pursuing the Doctor and this is one of their strongest appearance in audio form so far. They are utterly ruthless and don't appear to be going anywhere any time soon as the conclusion of this story sets up them in hot pursuit of the Doctor and company and leads directly in to the next story. It is a little bit on the predictable side at times especially as things hit the climax but what makes it different really stands out and I love how even the smallest ripples of the War are being played to have lasting consequences which is a theme that looks to continue through the whole set. If that's the case, then color me excited and I can't wait to see how it plays out. Overall, 'Theseus' is intriguing, surprising, dark, and minus one or two weak links very well acted with the premise of Eight's involvement in the War keeping the listener interested and excited. It's a perfect start for the set and a great Eighth Doctor story to boot.