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4.1 - The Rise of the New Humans

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/19/18 1:25 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Doctor and Jo investigate some mysterious deaths including a man who jumped from a building and began to develop wings before crashing. The set up is like something out of the X-files, the actual solution is pure 1970s Doctor Who.

Katy Manning and Tim Treloar turn in typically strong performances and Rufus Hound is a delight as always as the Monk. The script has good good concepts, though I don't think their full potential is realized. I also thought some of the more sarcastic lines given Jo in the first couple episodes didn't really fit her character. Still, this was an enjoyable enough outing.

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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 5/8/18 10:45 pm
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A solid story that drags the reader in. Rufus Hound again delivers a sterling performance as The Monk.

Back in the day, other time lords (usually the Master) would never be encountered out of chronological order. Big Finish are in the perfect position to break this "rule" which has worked well for the master and now, the post to-the-death monk encounters the third Doctor.

The core story sits very well with post "Three Doctors" Doctor and Jo investigating deaths of humans each carrying signs of mutations. This leads them to an earie hospital where a mad scientist and even worse administrator play with human lives creating a new race of humans. While there are no big surprises, this is tension and intrigue.
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Reviewed By: thisoldcanReview 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.
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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.