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4.1 - The Rise of the New Humans

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 4/2/18 3:21 pm
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Taking place not long after "The Three Doctors" in terms of the timeline, 'Rise of the New Humans' hits the ground running as we quickly establish the Third Doctor and Jo investigating an odd crime scene at the Brigadier's request with many strange oddities about it. This leads the pair to a strange hospital that has a quite an advanced arsenal of technology along with the presence of an old foe with a hidden agenda in the form of the Meddling Monk played once again by Rufus Hound. The plot and narrative strings you along nice and slowly keeping you interested while allowing the characters time to breathe and expand themselves a little bit. There's a strong body horror theme in this tale with plenty of moral conundrums thrown at you to think about and it never really drags despite the slower moments which is a massive credit to Guy Adams' script and writing. In many ways it goes exactly the way you would expect it to pulling strings from many other stories including surprisingly from the much maligned "Evolution of the Daleks" but unlike that story it's all done very well and there are plenty of twists and cliffhangers to keep you guessing especially in the abilities and characteristics of the modified humans themselves. The cast in this one is also exceptionally good. Tim Treloar is at the top of his game here as the Third Doctor. He literally sounds and feels like the Third Doctor in almost every way and he gets the mannerisms of Pertwee down beautifully including surprisingly some of his humor. He gets some great lines in this one especially in the beginning that made me snicker and warm up to him immensely (especially in how he initially thinks this is a plot by the Master) but he also tackles the serious side when he has to especially in his interactions with the other characters. Katy Manning continues to be strong and varied in her performances from depressed mumbling to her usual hyper happy self all of which feel perfectly in character. This story serves as her first encounter with the Monk and I love how she reacts to how different of a character he is considering how much experience she's had with rogue Time Lords at this point. Speaking of the Monk, Rufus Hound continues to be great as the Monk himself exemplifying his charm and how he's not quite a diabolically evil villain but more a misguided soul whose motives and plans often go disastrously awry. His range of emotions is extraordinary and he genuinely seems to think he's helping the human race with what he's doing despite the obvious interference motives behind it while of course forgetting the problems that naturally come with it. The Monk and the Third Doctor needless to say have a great dynamic and banter spicing up the story wonderfully and keeping you interested despite the longer length of the story. There are a few small problems here and there in that the soundscape is relatively unremarkable with nothing much to stand out about it being a relatively typical hospital background and scenario. It throws what I think is a small continuity issue in there in the Doctor mentioning regeneration before it was brought up in "Planet of the Spiders" but it could also serve as the reason why Jo knew about it in "Death of the Doctor" from the Sarah Jane Adventures so I could be wrong there. But none of these things are faults of the story necessarily and it doesn't need to use a soundscape to draw you in like other stories do. Thanks to a great cast and interesting story / script, 'Rise of the New Humans' works wonderfully well as one of the best Third Doctor audios out there and I think most Whovians as well as Third Doctor fans will come out of this one very happy.