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238. The Lure of the Nomad

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Reviewed By: ANTI-RADReview Date: 9/13/18 9:18 pm
0 out of 6 found this review helpful.

HACK PROPAGANDA WRITING, AND IT WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS SUCH

As a preface, I am not affiliated or partisan in politics to any political group or party. I am perfectly fine with thought-provoking works of fiction that make one think, or commentaries that pose questions without radically defining and pushing a particular politic. I am simply reviewing this piece criticially for what it is and based on my own credentials as someone degreed in diverse areas of writing. I am simply calling out what I noted immediately, which ended up overriding any real story and was obvious by the intent of the writer.

The only mystery here is all the PR (public relations) praise this story has gotten in press by either online reviewers who are not capable of decoding themes, metaphor or symbolism --- or in this case obvious simpleton caricature! Or maybe they want their channels to be popular and thus avoid any negativism, or other reasons? Hmm.

Also, I noted some discussion by people online regarding "politics" in Doctor Who. In this context one must define "politics." There is a gross difference between either social or environmental commentaries or simple injections of dialogue promoting humanitarian factors that are 100% generally UNIVERSAL, such as being against racism (or general pure hate towards people) or environmental catastrophe due to careless negligence of some mega-corporation, and that of pure slander, immature caricature and attack. The latter are signs of pathetic writing and what is encapsulated in Lure of the Nomad, which is an atrocious piece of trash that does not intend to really tell a story but rather paint a subversive portraiture! Plain and simple. Nothing else.

While Lure does not necessarily preach or even push any political concept, it subversively, selfishly and lazily models itself after current public figures, specifically the Trumps (the current US President at the time of release and his son "Eric" specifically). This is not what or why I buy or spend my time listening to Doctor Who for. I just want an immersive, creative and intriguing story in or about "space and time," NOT political obsessions or attacks on people. Should this belong in Doctor Who? Is this the kind of story you want to hear, or would rather hear a truly clever story as opposed to subversively modelled and framed (double entendre) generic murder mystery? Worse, you can go on social media and see a lot of these writers, totally obsessed with their native countries media brainwash and then you understand why this keeps trickling into their stories, in tandem and aligned with obvious partisan and political media out there.

As a sidenote: It is pretty pathetic that a lot of these British writers obsessed with the US and obviously influenced so much by their affiliated news media corporation or otherwise relative employer. To the point, for example, where Elliott was so consumed as to model and focus so intently on producing (and wasting) a precious moment to have a story recorded with classic Doctor Who actors, only to make a side joke that they can post on their social media (yep, done). Maybe they should find inspiration elsewhere and focus on creating a non-generic story minus uninspiring cliche or otherwise personal vendetta motivated characters. It's hilarious because there actually is one great character, advertised in promotion, only to be literally evaporated (or diffused) shortly. A ruse? A lure? I suppose so in reality.

Propagandaist writer Matthew J. Elliot attempts to subversively caricature one Donald J. Trump to push his own sad personal politics and personal (or affiliated or both) amusement degrade and ridicule detracting from any really meaningful or engaging story.

Really wise use of an opportunity and privilege to write a Doctor Who story [sarcasm]. I am sure there are quite a few people, who are educated in creative writing and actually capable of producing a proper Doctor Who story, but instead Big Finish loves to keep employing a limited, exclusive stable of writers (you can do background checks on each one to see the common thread) who clearly and obviously get triggered and obssessed with anything but Doctor Who! And it continually leaks right into stories and releases as if telling a Doctor Who story is not really important, it's about bigoted writers being able to exploit and use the platform to joke, propagandize or ridicule (not a commentary, a caricature aka attack for its own sake). This can also be seen on many other releases, including some box volumes with other Doctor's who are force fed dialogue that is anything but wise. A real shame and the fault is also squarely on editorial for perhaps knowingly producing stories like this. The funny thing is a the Time itself will expose these stories at "shiny lures" for uneducated people hyping on a bandwagon.

To back up these statements, simply look at the character, the names of certain characters and their background.

This is the last thing I want to hear, and it is so unintelligent and the key to bad writing. If a story is not genuinely written for its own purpose and end, then what you get is a "Lure FOR a nomad" who if smart will just move on to better products written by writers with integrity and ability.

Mission accomplished. Annoying, selfish and pathetic. The last thing I want in my Doctor Who stories is one writer's misanthropic hate letter and sad contemporary political character assassination piece..

Beware: other clueless or canned reviews praise. Story-wise, there is a suprise in third act that I found a bit wonky as its revelation had little background or "realtime" to manifest and I just don't think the Doctor would be so naive, similar to any intelligent listener probably wouldn't be naive to accept writer Elliot's political motives as innocent.

Time bubble, weak. Willoway character, fanastic, the one character I give this writer great credit for and that could have gone far beyond this story in potential but killed off and too soon.. literally evaporated prematurely.. As far as the enemy, isn't that a font? Fail on writing and tonally irritating on many levels. Unconvincing and jarring for the wrong reasons.

The only thing this release will go down in history for is a huge piece of globalist propaganda, served by a corporate media gonad, whoops I mean nomad. Edit: I'll leave that it, a more intriguing caricature...

This was 1/5. 2/10.

* I typically use a simple 5-star rating scale = 1,2,3,4,5, translated:
1 star = 1,2 ; 2 star = 3,4 ; 3-star = 5,6,7 ; 4-star = 8,9 ; 5-star = 10.

AFTERWORD
(Due to immediate trolling on this review)

My reviews are:
- plain analysis of themes and authorship, supported by example and fact.
- otherwise include subjective opinion regarding writing technique and general enjoyability and the associated rating criteria on the site.
- may include examples or employ tone that the writer themselves have have used and demonstrated within their own work, which is fair game. Fire with fire. That is criticism and review.
- may serve as a balanced defense defined by a strict context of review and criticism against propaganda and subversion in some cases.
- aim to be academic and helpful, and they inevitably are concerning stone cold themes and facts whether some people like to have them discussed in traditional criticism and review form.

I am a citizen of an open and free society. The act of trolling my reviews with negatives is only an attempt to diminish and censor their validity or worth. The facts and works speak for themselves.

If the writer or production house get upset, then perhaps they should consider writing universal Doctor Who stories based in altruism and intelligence, like they used to, instead of offensive subversion and exploitation.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 8/16/18 11:58 pm
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

I found the opening few scenes to be busy and confusing, but this laid the groundwork to establish a good cast of characters for a very good adventure.

First of all we have new companion Mathew Sharpe, he appears already in the TARDIS having completed a number of adventures which are mentioned in passing, while his background and meeting with the doctor is told in a flashback later. This is a simple and elegant way of bringing him in. He also makes quite a good companion and I thought far better than some of the other new companions introduced by Big Finish recently.

The setting has a lot of back story which is discover as we go. The doctor has to piece things together but we also learn some critical things from the supporting cast.

In terms of the story, it works well, going from introduction, discovery and initial threats, evolving into murder mystery, followed by base under siege before the greater threat is revealed and we get a stunning cliff hanger at the end of part three that makes everything to this point worth while.