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235. Ghost Walk

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Reviewed By: joehurl89Review Date: 5/16/18 9:28 pm
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This story was great, right up to the final episode...and then it turned very disappointing.
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Reviewed By: MegaplumfinityReview Date: 3/15/18 7:23 am
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An excellent Fifth Doctor story based around a modern-day ghost walk tour. What seems to be set up as a straightforward sci-fi ghost story takes several unexpected turns with the story changing each episode, leading to an unpredictable and fascinating structure. It almost plays like a linked series of single episode stories but each one is involving and well-written and performed. The only negative is a rushed and slightly unsatisfying ending stuffed with explanations for what we've just heard. It's disappointing but not fatal. Overall, this is still a fantastic story.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 3/12/18 10:26 pm
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It seems like only a couple of months since Static and we are given another ghost story.

The opening of this one is so clichéd and uninteresting that I could hardly focus on it. While this sets up the theme of the story, it does not succeed in drawing the listener in. James Goss is a better writer than this.

In ghost Walk, we have a lot of atmosphere and a large cast of character who spend more time reminding us that this is a ghost story than they do, actually experiencing it. There is a lot of teasing going on in the exposition leaving very little time for the actual story to take place. It is not all bad, but it is not all necessary either.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 3/1/18 8:45 pm
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"Ghost Walk" is a complex ghost story with a surprisingly comic edge to it and multiple facets that aren't readily apparent on the surface. Most similar to 'Hide' from Series 7 of the Eleventh Doctor era in more ways than one, it starts off with one hell of a fun pre-titles sequence and then drops us into the past where Five and company answering a distress call discover a malevolent force that devours all of life energies around it which just happens to include the TARDIS itself. Forced to temporally split the team up with Nyssa and Adric pushed into the future while the Doctor and Tegan remain in the past, they are forced to puzzle through an unusual challenge defeating a dark foe across multiple centuries of time centered around a Salem-like town in the present time. The feel of the Fifth Doctor's first season with this story is very much intact in companion interaction and comedy but it definitely has a New Who edge to it that wouldn't feel out of place in 10 or 11's era. It's an eerie tale with a smartly penned script that plays the long game of building up suspense and tension with a surprising amount of depth and a premise that I could easily see Moffat and Gatiss combining their writing talents to create. It also plays around with some different narrative structures in showing the end of an episode first and then using the remaining time to show the tense events that led to the point. It's a very different touch and it makes the story really stand out. The soundscape and atmosphere is also outstandingly macabre full of jarring sounds, musical cues straight out of a horror film, and a tangible fear enhanced by the chilling voice of Sabaoth itself (played by Steven Greif) who is an insidiously draining sort of foe with a somewhat sympathetic paranormal edge  that even I wasn't expecting to hear. 'Walk' also has a much stronger cast than a lot of Five stories not just overall but in their purpose and execution. It does a great job in actually giving a role to each member of the Fifth Doctor crew which can be tricky to do with such a big team. The Fifth Doctor is brought quite literally to the edge of death in his efforts to save the day but his personality and unique perspective that allows him to see things that everyone else can't remains intact and Davison's performance is once again a joy. While Fielding plays her usual smarmy self as Tegan, she ends up with her own dark role to play which I won't spoil here. Matthew Waterhouse ends up in a ton of legal trouble as Adric while Sarah Sutton as Nyssa goes through a different situation of sorts when she collides with a helpful vicar who saves her from a literal witch hunt. Goss' script does a great job in pulling all the threads of each team member together while also throwing in some great memorable side characters for the team to engage with. The whole town is interesting in that primitive paranoid townsfolk kind of way but the standout is easily Fenella Woolgar as tour guide Leanne who is literally haunted by the ghost of the Doctor stuck in the past. She works as a strong side lead with a kick to her that keeps her interesting but also fun at the same time. It's not the most original Fifth Doctor tale in that I swear he and his team have faced foes like this before in their era and it's a bit lighter than other quote 'scary' Main Range stories like "Static" but it's still extremely unsettling in its darkest moments and the unique structure of how it's all told definitely makes up for it. In short, "Ghost Walk" is a ghoulish triumph for the main range and the Fifth Doctor team and has definitely become a new favorite.