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132. The Architects of History

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 4/19/18 7:30 pm
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As the concluding story of the first Klein trilogy, 'Architects of History' is a massive story with a lot of moving parts and pieces to it. Taking place many years in the future, Klein has been busy with her own plans and has created a world more or less how she wants it. But problems have arisen in a new alien invasion with weapons of great magnitude and the return of the Doctor she knew despite her changes to the past warping his memories and everything around him. It's honestly quite a lot to handle at times especially after how the previous story ended but Steve Lyons' script works exceedingly well with everything even if it takes a couple of repeat listen of certain parts to really get it. There are big battles, major shocks, and fantastic twists associated with how much Klein has violated the timelines especially in the tense cliffhangers of each part of the story that are some of the most engaging I've heard. I haven't been so excited and antsy to continue listening to a story in a long while as I had with this one and it really stands out. I also like the alien Selachians as a concept being sort of a Judoon like race with a cooler species basing them even if their language / speech isn't nearly as interesting and they do feel like a genuine threat. We also get a lot of temporal messes and 'what if' scenarios that I won't dare spoil here with how they play out and it makes 'Architects' a bit on the bulky side but exceedingly exciting as a story. In terms of the cast and acting, Sylvester McCoy is really at his best and masterful in his Seventh Doctor here seemingly hiding behind the scenes but still influencing events a great deal to bring down this timeline. This kind of thing is truly what Seven does best and why I love his stories so much and it's fascinating to see what kinds of things he gets to do and work with here especially at the end of part 2 where he takes full control of the situation. His performance is focused, powerful, and precise with every thread he pulls and every word he speaks and it's one of the best representations of the Seventh Doctor in any audio story. Tracey Childs as Klein is at her most ruthless and cruel not afraid to abandon things if they seem to go wrong and caring even less for the people who serve and work with her. But yet her desperate true self is still there hidden beneath her mask of what she thinks is right and her final moments are appropriate and fitting given the journey she was on for the past three stories giving her a new and exciting start that I'm excited to hear continue. Once again, McCoy and Childs' interactions are the easy highlight of the story though many of the conversations do start to feel a little bit on repeated by now no matter how good they are. It's not a problem for me at all as I love those intellectual conflicts between the two but if you weren't won on it before then you definitely won't be now. The guest cast and conflicts associated with them are not as great or as interesting as our Doctor and companion and the Galactic Reich not nearly as strong as the Third Reich (despite the fact that they do have some cool parts around them like Dalek propulsion systems in their ships) which does cause the story to suffer a little bit. The soundscape continues to be great and everything else to create an action-packed and yet subtle conclusion. In the end, "The Architects of History" is definitely as good as "Survival of the Fittest" but not quite as strong as "A Thousand Tiny Wings" and it's definitely a stronger piece that's not for everyone given the stronger and somewhat downbeat ending. But it works as a fitting piece for the Seventh Doctor, as a lesson for us a listener about not getting what we want and changing time too often for our own ends, and especially for Klein and her superb character.  
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/30/16 11:32 am
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Architects of History finds Klein in control of the TARDIS and using it to bend history to her will but never quite getting right as the Doctor imprisoned on a moonbase, and receiving help from a friend he doesn’t remember.

This story has a lot of offer. The characters are superb. Even the traditional military commander, written off by Klein as an incompetent she’ll have to clean up after, shows there'™s far more to him than meets the eye. Rachel and Sam are superb.

Beyond that, the plot works as a great time travel story when what happens when you change history too much and too often. The plot takes several great turns that I didn'™t see coming. Sylvester McCoy was at his very best in this.

This is a superb ending to one of Big Finish's finest trilogies.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 2/18/15 7:21 pm
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This finalises the Klein storyline (so far with Doctor No.7) and McCoy is on ripping form as well, perhaps one of his highlight performances as the Doctor. Tracy Childs puts in the ever classy, right wing, hitler follower. We find Klein visiting the moon base, no of course part of the 4th Reich's ever growing empire, which reaches into space, They soon come under attack from an alien species more akin to Sharks called the Selachians. It would seem that Earth is under attack, one, that Klein is being looked at to remedy, moreover, and in part due to the fact she can alter the time line with her stolen TARDIS. However when Earth is in need of saving, our ever present Doctor is on call to prevent this, and perhaps more, perhaps he is finally going to sort out the wrongs that have occurred due to Klein's theft, and her ridiculous need to maintain an alternative history that really should not exists. What is more interesting is who is responsible for the Selachians sudden attack, who has bought them to the conscious of Earth. Is there a bigger plan afoot here. Of course there is, and, the Doctor is orchestrating it all.

What we have he is a very solid wind up of the current Klein and Doctor adventure, with, Klein although clever, manipulative and arrogant in her approach, she is shocked when a Timelord from a different timeline intervenes to put right what essentially she has done wrong.

I have really throughly enjoyed McCoy in these adventures, probably more so that I have in previous outing of No.7. I think in Klein we have seen the Doctors in his truest colours, and, McCoy emphatic ability to convey that well all said and done he is a peace loving Timelord, whom as he says "I like talking" sums up the non aggressive, and conscientious approach that the character has to offer. McCoy here demonstrates that here better than ever, even at the end, when it would have been easier to end with the enviable McCoy pulls it back, and that shows how good he can be. I liked the the two characters Rachel played by Lenora Crichlow and Sam played by Ian Hayles, there was a real growth that you could hear throughout with this release. Tracy Childs as Klein is perfection, and I hope that this is not the last we see of this character, she has proven to be a more than admirable adversary to the Doctor, and, in truth a cheeky one at that in the mere fact that she has "borrowed" the TARDIS. Nice way to round up this storyline.

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Reviewed By: jdhall1971Review Date: 11/27/13 9:45 pm
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Twists through time and shows the danger of obsessions