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4.4. The Wreck of the World

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Reviewed By: KamelionReview Date: 3/23/19 8:22 am
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Wreck of The World
Location : TARDIS and Space Ship The World
Time : Unknown
Released : December 2017

Lord have mercy what was going on at Big Finish in 2017 with these Companion Chronicles? Big Finish was on fire! So was The World. When the TARDIS slammed into The World while Zoe was space walking I was trying to figure out how in the world Big Finish was going to explain her death? I really thought she was killed. That head-scratcher, finger on the eyebrow moment got me wrapped up in this drama quick, solid and through the whole story until the end. I had not intended to listen to the whole story the initial evening but this was one where I could not keep my finger off the play button.

This was a long listening night for me and while the story is only an hour plus something in length it felt like about 10 hours but in a really good way. The character development was gradual and progressed in a way that this was one of those stories where I really wished there was another one to follow with the exact same cast, the exact same author (Timothy X. Atack) - (Wow who is that?!) and the exact same people at Big Finish that did the sound effects and music. No wonder every single used copy of this that turns up on eBay sells out before the end of the same day it's listed. The word must have gotten out. I went online the next day and started to read reviews just to see if it was just me in the right mood, maybe that glass of Willamette Valley, Oregon Syrah before bedtime or just the rainy day that set this one up right. Wasn't just me.

This story creates some haunting, claustrophobic, metallic imaginative imagery in a manner that I like to agree where "everything fell into place". I could just picture Nick Briggs with a sly grin on his face when he gave the final green light to just press the button and release this one and see what people have to say about it.

Some online reviews from people that have obviously spent way more time than I have in creating colorfully worded reviews have called this a classic even tossing out names like "The Chimes of Midnight". While I have no comment on that accolade I will say that a true "classic" to me is one that I will listen to again in full and enjoy it just as much or even more the second listen. And that is this one for me. The second listen was better than the first. And the third listen was just as good. Is it a "Spare Parts" level of classic? Hell no. Is it one of the "good ones"? Heavens yes.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/1/19 1:15 am
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The "Wreck of the World" is yet another good, but not great story in a season of Early Adventures full of them. The Doctor, Zoe, and Jamie find themselves on a colony ship that left Earth to find a new world. It never arrived and is apparently abandoned. However, the Doctor and friends aren't alone, as a crew has arrived to claim the treasures aboard.

In many ways, this is a pretty standard base under siege story. The guest characters are good (although my favorite one is killed off a bit too early for my liking) and interesting. There's even a female professor who's practically a counterpart to the Doctor. All three companions have some good moments. There are at least three plot twists that land and offer some surprises. The story is formulaic, but it does its formula well.
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Reviewed By: MegaplumfinityReview Date: 3/4/18 3:41 pm
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Although it's a little too formulaic in its plotting, the characters and details are vividly drawn, making this a memorable Second Doctor adventure.