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232. The Middle

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 1/20/19 1:23 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Doctor, Constance, and Flip arrive on a world where (as they quickly discover) age determines your place in the world. The young have fun at the beginning, those 35-70 work hard in the middle, and then at 70, they reach the end.

At first, it seemed like the story was going to go for a sort of Logan's run style euthanasia story but what the End actually was is something far more interesting. More interesting still are the mysteries that get unwrapped as the story goes along. The story has some really mind-blowing concepts and they just keep coming. I also liked the relationship between the elderly couple in the story. It was probably the best emotional stuff.

Where the story does fail a bit flat is that while all the concepts are great, I don't think they're utilized to their full potential. Flip was not handled well. I usually like her, but this is the first script in which she was written in a way that actually annoyed me. The breaking of the companions required multiple extra characters, and outside of the elderly couple, most are just okay. The villains were (dare I say) middling and not really worthy of the giant plot.

Overall, this was enjoyable with a lot of good ideas, but the end product feels like it could have been more than it was.
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Reviewed By: JacobzReview Date: 5/27/18 11:22 pm
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Clever with a captivating plot, solid performances, and really cool concepts.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 1/11/18 2:36 am
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The TARDIS arrives in a world where the young people live a hedonistic life. At the age of 35 they go to work and at 70 they die (for the good of the world, they go to "The End") Today is Constance's 35th birthday.

Sadly the dystopian world has become a trope and this one has many of the ideas that we see in Brave New World or Logan's Run, the difference is this world sees to have been specifically created to fit the current TARDIS team rather than be a world that a neutral observer could explore.

The problem with separating the team based on age is that it separates the crew of the TARDIS leaving the three characters to have their own adventure rather than interacting with each other. This creates some opportunities for each character to shine but loses the valuable interactions.

I had hoped for a story where Constance and Flip could shine as a team. The characters have so many differences that a good writer can really work with them. What we instead get is separate storylines where each main character teams with a less interesting local character.