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102b. Mission of the Viyrans

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/11/18 5:40 am
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This story teases the introduction of the Viyrans. It actually offered an explanation for the events of previous one-parters. The Viyrans would become recurring characters, but wouldn't actually appear in the main range for nearly two years after this.

The Viyrans are somewhat interesting, but what does make this release work is Nicola Bryant's dead-on performance that portraying how much the Viyrans unsettled Peri. Beyond that performances, there's not a whole lot to this story. It's not bad, but it's more of a tease than a story in its own right.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 11/30/17 8:28 pm
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It's a nice bit of foreshadowing to set this story after Erimem's departure, but to release it before Erimem gets her departure story. It creates an added level of anticipation for the (then) forthcoming "The Bride of Peladon". The script is also careful not give anything away. Erimem is gone, and the Doctor and Peri are sad, but that's all we know.

There is a certain level of weirdness to this story that strikes me as arbitrary and forced. At its core, the story is about introducing the Viyrans, and the specifics about what happens to Peri under the influence of the virus really doesn't matter. Basically, the story is one-half a bunch of meaningless stuff happening, and one-half exposition. But the exposition half is really interesting. The idea that the Viyrans need to suppress Peri's memory in a way that doesn't make her suspicious is an interesting one, and the dynamic between Peri and the implacable Viyrans is very good.

Incidentally, this story was written by Nicholas Briggs, not Colin Brake. The previous 3-part/1-part releases have both stories written by the same writer. This represents a departure from that format.

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Reviewed By: joehurl89Review Date: 3/2/17 7:11 am
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Listened to it 3 times, and I'm still not sure what it was about.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 11/14/15 9:25 pm
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The Doctor and Peri decide to take a holiday on Grallista Social, they soon learn they are not the only time travellers in the vicinity. The Viyrans went on to feature in the excellent 'Patient Zero'. This is a creepy tale. Peri wakes up, after having part of her memory of Gralista Social removed and finds herself a prisoner of the Vyrans. The process has been repeated over three hundred times, so she has obviously been kept in her state for quite some time, and although the Viryrans don't display any real malice their attempts to, 'cure' Peri don't seem all that pleasant.