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< 1.1 - The Starship Theseus
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1.2 - Echoes of War

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 11/11/17 6:27 am
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The Doctors and survivors of the Theseus crash land on a planet where the Time War's effects are being felt and the Doctor has to lead them to safety. His only ally? An amnesiac Dalek who could regain his memory at any time.

This story manages to maintain a good balance between clever high concept script ideas and providing character moments to the survivors, particularly to the new companion Bliss. The presence of the Dalek keeps the tension high throughout. Overall, a suspenseful story that hits some great emotional high notes.

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 11/3/17 4:28 pm
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Following on from the events of 'Theseus', the Doctor and a group of refugees from the starship have been stranded on a mysterious jungle planet where it appears that time itself is corrupting the landscape. Foilage grows and decays in an instant, the sounds of battle are never too far away, and dark creatures are always around and always stalking. But the group finds some help in the form of a very unlikely rogue ally. It's nickname is 'Dal' and it's very very confused.....'Echoes' reminds me very much of "The Neverwhen" from Series 2 of the War Doctor saga in all of the best ways although it was people and weapons evolving and devolving instead of the environment. It works with the trope of the standard jungle war movie with the Doctor Who sci-fi element of time weapons (in this case temporal napalm) seeding the landscape making it different from most other stories of the like. It makes the landscape very creepy and combined with the shrieking animals and the shadows of past battles, it becomes very haunting. We also get a decently done version of the confused 'good' Dalek of sorts similar to what's been done in the past with stories like "Into the Dalek" that adds another nice little touch to the uniqueness of this story. 'Echoes' is also where the set starts to play with different of time such as fate and how our lives are really determined by some combination of free will and the choices of others especially in a war time setting and it leads to some interesting character moments. The Eighth Doctor in this one allows his prior incarnation to come out a little in manipulating a confused source for help. It shows that no matter the incarnation of the Doctor some personality quirks never really leave and can come out as needed which was another nice touch. Bliss also finally gets the opportunity to shine a bit once the group is inevitably seperated. She takes on the role of leader admirably even as she's reluctantly forced into the situation showing major strength and doing things not too many other companions would do. Bliss and her performance by Rakhee Thakrar in this way seem very fitting for this story and this particular point in the Eighth Doctor's life. The story clips along at a nice pace and plot with one or two surprises and by the end when all appears to be safe and done, the Doctor and group are of course dragged right back in to the thick of things by the Time Lords with another direct setup for Story 3. The ground war of 'Echoes' is a truly resonant one if one that we've seen before in this kind of a setting it and serves as a great continuation of the saga highlighting character personality traits, showing what Doctor Who can do with a jungle war story, and bringing another different twist to the Daleks. At the same though, it works as a highly enjoyable story all on its own and I personally think more Daleks stories should be like this one.

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