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3.2 - A Requiem for the Doctor

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The Diary of River Song - Series 3
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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 4/16/19 11:49 pm
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Previously, her traumatic encounters with Lake and Lily sent River running for the arms of her beloved Doctor, any incarnation she could find, and her distress signal was picked up by 5 and Brooke. You all remember Brooke, right? Right. In typical Fifth Doctor fashion River is immediately taken on as a part of the crew and the three are off to Vienna where Mozart's timeline is askew (poor guy can't catch a break in Big Finish, can he?) and a legendary poison called Aquafina, er, Aqua Galacia is at the heart of the mystery.

This is a solid story that gives just enough detail at a time to keep the listener guessing while the characters piece together not only the murders but pick up cues from one another as River and Brooke subtly work out their suspicions. The nature of the poison and its peddler is novel and makes for an interesting angle to the story. The climax is a bit naff but the build up makes up for it. There are also a few nice nods to Davison's era without retreading his stories. It's definitely unclear when in his timeline this takes place (after Tegan and Nyssa had both left is the only clue) but any of 5's EU material slots in tenuously at best so it should be taken with a grain of salt.

All in all another strong story that manages to be more light-hearted than the set opener but still steeped in pretty dark territory.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 5/18/18 12:49 am
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It was always obvious who Brooke was. Anyone who listened to part 1 would know. The fun is that the Doctor doesn't know, just as he doesn't know River.

The backdrop of the story is the death of Mozart and the completion of his Requiem which does not fit with recorded history. Linked to this is a series of murders without evidence for the Doctor and his two companions to investigate. These events all tie together and allow for the confrontation between companions.

The drama works well.
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Reviewed By: MegaplumfinityReview Date: 3/4/18 3:44 pm
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River joins the Fifth Doctor and his previously unheard of companion; Brook, in an investigation of history gone astray with Mozart having completed his Requiem before dying. This is a fun pseudo-historical mystery with the focus in the rivalry between River and Brook. It's a delight hearing the Fifth Doctor interacting with River and both actors seem to be enjoying themselves.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/4/18 6:44 am
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The Fifth Doctor, River, and Brooke arrive in Vienna where apparently the death of Mozart has been altered. At the same time, there are series of very convenient murders being committed

This is a wonderful script. It perfectly balances plot and character, as we get both a compelling mystery to solve, as well as a lot of great character moments. The way the trio of the Doctor, Brooke, and River relate is fascinating. The Fifth Party has a very nice moment with both of his companions alone. In addition, the person responsible for the murders is a complex and interesting character who has an arc of her own. The ending is superb, and filled with tension that does a great job of setting up the third episode.