Reviewed By: JMChurch25
Review Date: 12/1/17 8:38 pm
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The TARDIS lands on the Coldstar satellite orbiting a colony world in the distant fringes of space. Used as a storage facility of supplies for settlement of a new world, it's packed to the brim with robots, pirates, and collectors of all kinds. But the satellite is beginning to melt and something reptilian is stirring beneath the ice. An old enemy is reviving itself and setting its green and red sights on the Doctor and Rose for vengeance of the chilliest kind. This story sees the much anticipated return of the Ice Warriors and their first (and to date only true) encounter with the Tenth Doctor and while I'm not a huge Ice Warriors fan personally, most of their stories have worked fine for me in the past especially in their most recent Twelfth Doctor. Needless to say, this story had me curious and very excited when I first began listening and for the most part I came out of it extremely satisfied with what I got. It fits exactly what you would expect with an Ice Warriors story done in the Tenth Doctor era and and feels like it should belong on TV. There are lots of side plots going on onboard the satellite that range from interesting to completely dull and thankfully it doesn't take long at all for the Ice Warriors themselves (played by Nicholas Briggs) to unfreeze and begin to play havoc with the inhabitants. I really love that they prove to be powerful foes this time around unhampered by what the plot needs them to be and they don't hesitate in pushing Ten and Rose to the ultimate limit. The plot gets frighteningly dark and extremely cold very fast which needless to say fits the title of the audio beautifully and make it in my opinion the best of this trilogy. It's something that Rose and Ten don't get to play with too often and thus it also brings out the best acting from our two leads in this set. Tennant's limits and acting chops are truly being used to the fullest here with even a glimpse of his future darkness and Time War anxieties being hinted at at times and Billie Piper even manages to give her best performance of all three stories especially in the dramatic moments as things grow more and more dire. It's undoubtedly the darkest of the three as well with dark themes played around with and the atmosphere, soundscape, and music all playing it up to the nth degree. Minus a few pacing problems, a somewhat basic plot that ends up being another 'base under siege' story of sorts, and some side issues here and there with a boring side cast, "Vengeance" is the best story of this new set by far and shows (to me) that a strong variety of stories can be told with this TARDIS duo and that there is still potential that can be gained from them.