Reviewed By: thisoldcan
Review Date: 5/1/18 5:11 am
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In Rise of the New Humans, after a man who jumped off a building started to grow wings, the Doctor (Tim Treloar) and Jo Grant (Katy Manning) find themselves investigating the Allingham Institute, a remote hospital that promises miracle cures for the most debilitating injuries. But the Institute is being run by an old acquaintance of the Doctor’s, one who may just have gone too far with his meddling finally. Rise of the New Humans is a strong tale to open the fourth Third Doctor Adventures set. Tim Treloar and Katy Manning get the opportunity to show off their excellent chemistry with one another, recalling the chemistry between Jon Pertwee and Manning often, as the two come into conflict with the Meddling Monk. Rufus Hound’s performance is the highlight of the story; Hound is always good for a strong guest spot as the Meddling Monk, but Hound delivers an exceptional performance that highlights the highs and lows of the character; the smarmy, weasley characteristics and the cowardly, disloyalty of the character when placed under pressure. Guy Adams is tasked with writing the first full-cast encounter between the Third Doctor and the Monk, and comes up with a strong narrative for it. I particularly liked the characterizations of all the characters, but especially of Jo, the Doctor, and the Monk. They felt very true to the original characters, but also different enough in their interactions with the new version of the Monk to feel novel. The plot was an enjoyable story, styled after the base-under-siege stories of the Second Doctor’s era, in a way. I particularly enjoyed the plot of the New Humans virus, and the resolution of the story, as it brought a surprisingly affecting aspect to the story. Overall, Rise of the New Humans is a strong story, carried by a fantastic guest spot by Rufus Hound and two strong leading performances by Tim Treloar and Katy Manning. Writer Guy Adams crafts a story that’s at times tense and exciting, with some strong cliffhangers, and strong characterization, that acts as one of the highlights of the Third Doctor Adventures sets.