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2.3 - Cold Vengeance

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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 3/21/18 11:09 pm
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Easily the best of the boxset. Cold Vengeance gives us a variety of characters that are well written and have enough back story to be interesting. Given the small cast, this is quite well done. It takes a huge coincidence to have all of them in the same place at the same time, but for the tenth doctor this is fitting.

The underlying story involving the Ice Warriors is quite serious, but this is counterbalanced by the comic inclusion of a recycling officer and space pirates who are trying to steal the caviar from a giant space freezer.

Sadly, there is only one Ice Warriors story and this is it again. Only the background has been changed.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/7/18 7:12 am
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Cold Vengeance has a lot working for it. The concept of Ice Warriors, Space Pirates, and the Doctor all meeting up at a frozen food satellite in space is just brilliant. It also manages to have some nice comedy as well as some keen dramatic moments. I loved Lorna, the woman who keeps saying she just came for the recycling and finally tells the Doctor and Rose off for going on constantly and not letting anyone speak as she delivers key information.

What would have made this better is for the villain to be better. The Ice Warrior are at their most interesting when we see some of their complexity in motives and cultures or when they have a really clever plan as they did in something like, "The Seeds of Death." As the title indicates, this story is about revenge and we have an Ice Lord improv-ing one revenge plot after another.

Still, even with that, this is still a good story with some great concepts and a few good moments for the Doctor and Rose.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review 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.
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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 11/28/17 4:30 am
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I enjoyed this whole set greatly, however it is funny a turn around to find the most hyped story weakest and least hyped the strongest and well Chevelier approximately where expected in the middle.

Cold vengeance is rather a general base under seige type tale with the highlight well and truly being ten having a ice warrior encounter.

I do admire the ice warrior leader for being rather a hypocrite and monster in that he down right goes against his owner in vengeance sake!
I really felt though that this story was just missing something to deam it good or great.

It’s average. Sounds excellent though and far from rubbish!