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8.4 - The False Gardian

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Reviewed By: DoctorheyReview Date: 4/7/19 8:59 am
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The False Guardian is a strong opener for a mid-series two-parter for the Fourth Doctor Adventures. You will need a good knowledge from the Dalek's Master Plan to listen to this story.

Adams gets the tone of the fourth Doctors era perfect and once again shines as an excellent writer. Jane Slavin as WPC Anne Kelso is now on top form in this story after a slightly shaky start in the first half of this boxset and really gets to show her investigating skills which helps to develop her character nicely.

Even though this story is good, it is eclipsed by the second part (Time's Assassin) pretty much entirely and you will mostly take away things from that part more than this one. Adams once again brings an excellent cliffhanger to this story to finish it off in an engaging way.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/4/19 6:35 am
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This story is the first release in Series 8 to go to the well of nostalgia as this is set up as an erstwhile sequel to the Daleks' Master Plan. This leads to a very slow-paced first episode that gives Baker little chance to shine as the Doctor. That's countered by a second episode which does have some good twist, plenty of action, and leads up to a big cliffhanger to conclude the first half of the series.

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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 4/4/19 2:16 am
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A sturdy enough listen as the first volume closes we have this rather relaxed story with lots of reference to a lost story “the dalek masterplan” sadly I’ve not much knowledge of that story so this doesn’t buzz my nostalgia quite enough. Still it’s a sharp crisp listen and the characters are all great and it’s a gradual set up for the second volume leaving us with a promising villain for the next volume. I’ve very much enjoyed 4 /Anne/k9 as a team so I hope this continues beyond series 8 !
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Reviewed By: thisoldcanReview Date: 3/5/19 3:25 pm
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The False Guardian is a tantalizing opening for the mid-series two-parter, but struggles to stand on its own as a complete story. Tom Baker stars as the Fourth Doctor and Jane Slavin stars as Ann. Baker is strong throughout the story, handling the more dramatic role well, while Slavin gets a solid featuring role, and rises to the occasion well, delivering a strong, commanding performance throughout the story. Guy Adams wrote The False Guardian, as well as next month’s conclusion, and while this story largely succeeds on its own, it’s very much the first part of an adventure, sometimes to its own detriment. The plot takes a more relaxed pace, preferring to spend time with the various characters, like Nigel Colloon and Brox, and takes its time to build up the interactions that the Doctor and Ann have with the other characters. But for all the time it takes, it never feels fully satisfying, on its own, and it feels like too much time is spent spinning its wheels, until the ending of the second part of the story. It feels largely padded, and like a neutered prequel. It certainly sets up some interesting plots and ideas for next month’s concluding adventure, but as it stands, the story struggles to stand on its own two feet. I was very intrigued, and admittedly slightly confused, by the inclusion of Zephon (or Zephon, Son of Zephon, more accurately) in the story. Adams spent much of the story referencing The Daleks’ Master Plan, so it’s not too surprising that they went with someone from that serial, but I certainly wouldn’t have expected Zephon to be the big reveal. It’s a tantalizing plot thread, and one I’m excited to see play out. Overall though, The False Guardian, for all its strong set up, really struggles to stand on its own. The cast does solid work, but the writing spends too much time spinning its wheels, and struggles to make the story feel like anything other than parts one and two of a larger serial.