Reviewed By: JMChurch25
Review Date: 1/24/18 9:03 pm
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Continuing on directly from the previous story, the Fourth Doctor, Leela, and K9 are on the run from a dark force causing the murders of the Mind Runners in Chaldera. All of the trails and clues point to one source but it's going to be extremely difficult getting there and it's up the Doctor to stop the darkness that is encompassing the planet. There's more going on than anyone knows and every life on the world is at stake because the dark heart of the planet is waking up.....'Demon' thankfully not only follows up from 'Runners' but honestly succeeds in giving us a good climax to the overall story which is a nice surprise. It's one of those tales that takes what was establishes and changes things around practically on a dime. So many things happen in terms of the plot with a fast pacing that it's almost hard to keep track of everything. There are a ton of pursuits, back and forth twists, and misleading information that surprises you quite a bit once all is revealed in the second half. It also gets surprisingly gruesome especially with a plot device that is surprisingly similar to an element in 2013's "The Rings of Akhaten" of all things but in a much more visceral fashion. You'll certainly know it when you hear it. All of this makes the story really refreshing and it was one that I was sad to see end by the time it was over. The cast remains good but this time I can actually name a couple of standouts in both the main and side cast. The Fourth Doctor really gets to stand out a little bit in the final moments of this story and we get to see how manipulative he can be when he wants to be which isn't something I really associate this version of the Doctor with. Baker's final speeches and moments are some of Four's best showing just how heroic but also dark he can be all at the same time which was a very nice touch. I also love K9 in this one with one of his best moments trying to imitate the villain getting a huge laugh out of me and one of our side villains Mr. Shift (played by Andy Sidcombe) is also easily the most interesting character of the story itself mostly due to the nature of his character hinted at by his name. But the rest of the cast is also good too and combined with a continuously good soundscape and environment as well as a great story makes this one and it's predecessor one of the best Fourth Doctor / Leela stories we've had in a long while. I wouldn't completely say it's worth buying the entire Fourth Doctor Adventures Series 7.1 set for but it's definitely worth buying as a standalone two-parter especially for those futuristic sci-fi fans that are so prominent out there.