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2.3 - I Was Churchill's Double

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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 6/14/18 5:35 am
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Simply put, this is a filler episode.

It seemed like we were only hearing half the story, and it wasn't the interesting part.

Ian NcNeice is awesome, but he is only given a mediocre story to work with, which makes his character seem like a bystander. This is Winston Churchill we're talking about. A man who was the driving force behind a key period of history without needing time travel equipment and he is being portrayed as a pawn of the doctor. I exaggerate, I know. My issue is that while Churchill is learning from the Doctor, he is somehow less than the greatest leader of the twentieth century.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 2/22/18 9:51 pm
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'Double' serves as Churchill's first experience dealing with the concept of parallel universes. In this case, there appears to be a universe where Britain has been occupied by Germany and another Churchill is leading a resistance force from the underground. How and why and especially where these signals are coming from becomes the overriding plot and mystery and this is of course where the Doctor is involved (in this case once again the Ninth). It's more of an amusing entertainment sort of tale than one trying to deal with any serious concepts like the others. There are however some cool touches in terms of plot and story in seeing how Churchill would lead an actual resistance in the face of loss as well as incidents and details involving a very strange mirror. McNiece continues to be good as Churchill and Nine with no real dip or change in quality from 'Conflict'. I personally love how Churchill narrates some of his own actions as things get crazier and Nine's involvement feels very appropriate and often hilarious especially in the beginning when he and Winnie first meet again. The rest of the side cast is great but it does feel like there are a lot more than usual that sort of take you out of listening and the feel of having Churchill telling us his memoirs that really adds charm and flavor to this series isn't quite as strong here. The soundscape is once again fine and I as a listener was easily able to keep track of what was going. It's certainly very different from what I was expecting to hear from this set having Churchill in an alternate universe and it has a few little nods here and there that I liked especially Nine's reaction to the mention of the R101 (look up the Eighth Doctor adventure "Storm Warning" for that). But it all does feel a little forced and plodding at times despite how unique it's trying to be and the premise of an alternate universe where the Nazis win is one that I feel has been done to death (and much better) in other media in video games, movies, and TV shows. I would also say that Barnes' script and direction really didn't enthrall me too much and it didn't lead anywhere that surprising. Out of this entire set of four stories, 'Double' isn't bad and certainly a decent listen but out of all of the other stories it definitely feels like the weakest for me.