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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 12/19/18 6:11 pm
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'Calendar Man' takes place early in the Doctor's time with Amy as they arrive on a planet where human colonists have been disappearing in the fog day by day. It's an atmospheric little tale that really knows how to use a creepy soundscape to its advantage and there is an interesting monster behind what's going on reminiscent of horror icons like the Slender Man or Blair Witch. The plot is very Moffat-esque in all the right ways as well with plenty of twists and turns to keep most listeners happy. While I do wish this story had Matt Smith and Karen Gillan behind it, Jacob Dudman does a fine enough job as both narrator and most of the voice acting and Eleanor Crooks plays a decent side character who knows more than she's letting on. The plot chugs along at a nice little pace and the ending is one of Eleven's best with sights set on the Time Lord himself and fascinating ties directly back to the early days of Gallifrey. While this story will probably be outstripped by many others should Matt Smith ever decide to voice his talents directly to Big Finish like David Tennant did, 'Calendar Man' is a suitable story that fits very nicely into the time of my favorite Who season Series 5 and works well as a great Doctor Who story to boot.  
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/26/18 6:00 am
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A young woman calls for the Doctors help as the Doctor arrives on a colony where a colonist has been disappearing every day for the past thirty and no one remembers other than her, as she writes down the details of her life.

This story does a superb job of capturing that Series 5 Doctor Who feel from the early Matt Smith era, with the buoyant excitement of the Doctor's relationship with Amy. You also have a heroine speaking truth who is despised for no good reason and a monster with designs on the Doctor.

While this definitely has a strong Moffat-era feel, it's very well-done with a few nice twists and turns along the way, as well as a few creepy moments.