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100c. Bedtime Story

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/6/18 1:16 am
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A fair enough story that finds the Doctor and Evely arriving to visit a bereaved former student whose father died. The student announces he expects his mother to die soon because everytime a new grandchild is born, the grandparents die.

This one had a decent enough science fiction/horror idea, helped by some really good acting by Maggie Stables. The story is hindered because it really has to strain to fit into the format and avoiding extra cast members. People are ridiculously credulous with the Doctor and do everything he says despite how odd it is, no questions asked. In addition, the twist ending is unnecessarily dark and depressing and feels like it's just there for the sake of being there. Indeed, what we're told at the twist ending makes the story make less sense rather than more. Overall, some good moments, but a bit of a mess.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 11/23/17 11:23 pm
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I hate this story. It's Lidster's usual overcooked melodrama. But to be fair, I can't complain that the framing device serves no narrative purpose this time. It does. It's purpose is to intentionally jerk the listener around for cheap drama. This is the kind of story that makes me shout angrily at the radio.

I can see that other people quite like it, as it is (at least at the time of writing) the highest-rated story in the "100" collection. To me, it is by far the worst of the four stories, but I don't expect to convince anyone of that. These things are very subjective, after all, and I have no wish to diminish anyone else's enjoyment.

The only really concrete criticism I can make is that the whole story depends on the outrageous coincidence of the villain meeting Evelyn at exactly the right time. You could say that Evelyn finding out about the death of the father of one of her students is already a bit of a coincidence, but that's the sort of coincidence that "Doctor Who" necessarily relies on all the time. This story relies on the added coincidence of the villain being in a position to exploit Evelyn's connection to Jacob.

Other than that, all of my complaints are entirely subjective. I just don't believe in, let alone care about, any of the characters.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/15/15 5:14 pm
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Written by Joe Lidster, who wrote 'the Reaping', and like that story it's dark, unsettling and wonderfully written, fitting into its 32 minute allocation with aplomb. A dark unsettling Doctor Who homage to 'Snow White' is definitely the best by far, and definitely the most chilling, of the compilation. It's a joy hearing the Doctor unravelling the puzzle at the centre of this mystery, and the shapeshifters are used to good effect. I think Colin enjoyed this one because his performance is by far the best here, as is Evelyn's. Atmosphere, drama, suspense, intrigue, this story stands head and shoulders above all the others.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 12/24/14 12:04 pm
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Shape shifters ahoy, this one sees the Doctor and Evelyn calling upon a ex pupil of Evelyn s to offer their condolences on the passing of his father, only to discover that the death of the father, and the inevitable death of the mother are expected after the birth of his son. A rather beguiling story this, and one that I required in my mere limited intelligence to listen to on more than once, so full marks on the replay value here. A quite odd story.