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3.2 - A Requiem for the Doctor

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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.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 1/29/18 9:31 pm
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Continuing on from the end of 'Lady', River Song is in desperate need of a friend for support and so sends a distress call to the Doctor. However to her surprise it's not only not an incarnation she was expecting that picked her up but he was also carrying a new companion in tow that River (or the audience in fact) have never heard of. This leads directly into this second adventure that functions as a pseudo-historical surrounding the circumstances of the death of Mozart. His death appears to have been rewritten somehow with more than one mystery at play in Vienna and River and the Doctor take it upon themselves to investigate. 'Requiem' ends up being a very grim story continuing the theme of mortality from 'Lady' in a very different way with evil concoctions, grotesque deaths, and plot elements taken from stories like "The Crimson Horror" or "Partners in Crime" from New Who. There is a strong theme of negativity and selective hatred of others very much at play here with very high personal stakes for the Doctor by the end. The initial synopsis sounds a little bit dull on the surface but the plot and big revelations in this one are so appropriate for a dark Who story and there are lots of little moments here and there in Jacqueline Rayner's script that make this one fascinating. From the very start, River and Brooke (played by Joanna Horton) don't really get along and considering that we've never met Brooke before we as a listener don't know if it's just suspicion or if there is something else behind her that really plays on expectations in the narrative. River and the Fifth Doctor (played once again by Peter Davison) also have a different chemistry to them than any other Doctor-River relationship thus far with Five being such a somewhat naive softee compared to River's experienced je ne se quoi which I think sort of stuns him at least at first. One conversation in particular about a specific sonic device had me smiling from ear to ear. But once they get going, Kingston and Davison bounce off of each other very well as well as work individually on their own especially when Five gets to pull some tricks that you might recognize the Tenth Doctor employing in future stories in his timelines. It makes me super glad that Five will be in the next story too from what I'm assuming on the cover of story 3 and Davison remains one of my favorite Doctors in audio form. The rest of the cast are also good along the lines of something with many manipulative female cast members who are all interesting especially when the overriding plot starts to quite literally kick in. Rayner's soundscape is surprisingly quite nasty and honestly not for the faint of heart with lots of horrid screaming and descriptions straight out of 'Alien' (which believe me you'll know when you hear) that the TV show would never pull visually as well as a psychic twist that was very well handled in story. It brings with it a chaotic climax centered around the named requiem itself that manages to work extremely well and seems to wrap up nicely but carries with it one last surprise that I'm guessing will have repercussions not just for story 3 but perhaps the whole Whoniverse in general if it's handled well. I wouldn't say it's quite as good or interesting as its' predecessor but "A Requiem For The Doctor" is a damn good story and one that will keep your attention all the way through from start to finish especially if you are a classical music fan.