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136. Cobwebs

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/14/15 9:23 am
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Doctor arrives on a space station and runs into Nyssa, an old companion who is looking for a cure for a plague called Richter's syndrome. The prior inhabitants of the station were trying to find a cure 30 years ago but their results were never found. The station is covered with cobwebs and controlled by a neurotic computer named Edgar. And on the ship are four skeletons who match the Doctor and his three companions. The Doctor and the TARDIS crew go back in time 30 years to find out what happened and they find a crew of researchers whose memories have been wiped by the corporation they worked for.

Cobwebs has a great deal of mystery about how the TARDIS crew's skeletons ended up in the future as well as the truth about the space station's scientists. The serial's only fault might have been trying to do too much by adding crazy computers and monsters to that mix. But overall this was a solid and enjoyable story.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 2/18/15 8:13 pm
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Mmmmmmm, what we have here is a classic case in my opinion of too much going on, and too many characters doing too much all the time. It is actually a little like a freight train, we come to expect that the character of the Doctor will be the lead, and the assembled cast will assist and fill out the story line for the Doctor to work within, here we have a classic case of two many trying to work at the same time, Peter I felt got a little lost in all of this, as I did in some parts, having to rewind and go back and listen. What is frustrating that is not a difficult conceptual story, it is actually quite a good idea it is sadly lacking in the execution of the production, and perhaps with insight, it could have been made slightly differently, and also was there really a need to have three companions all vying to get centre stage with John Smith, I think not. Mark Stricken for me stands out, his character always I felt was under minded and socially awkward and there in no exception here. He plays it and it is Turlough and it nothing else, possible the only character that for me remains true to it's original portrayal.

The story, deadly virus, Doctor and co travel back in time to prevent a disaster, and do so.... Sorry but that is it, not the best use of a talent like Peter Davidson in my opinion.
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Reviewed By: binroReview Date: 2/14/14 6:53 pm
4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

This story's lineup is noteworthy on its own -- I believe this is the first BF story with 5, Nyssa, Tegan, and Turlough all together.

It's also noteworthy in BF story arc terms, this begins the "older Nyssa" storyline that continues through many episodes up to Prisoners of Fate. So this is an important arc story if you're following the main range in order.

Happily, it's also successful as a story too. As many others have mentioned, it's a very timey-wimey in the Moffat sense; it reminds me a little of the TV episode "The Girl Who Waited" that followed this story a year and a half later.

Maybe not in the main range's top 10, but it's close. Don't miss this one.
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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 8/7/13 7:48 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Beginning with the biggest coincidence in Who history, the story reunites three three best remembered companions of th 80s. The coincidence is forgivable as the story makes it all worthwhile. I have long felt that too many characters would not work well in audio and in truth no character has much to do, something Big Finish well address in future trilogies.

This story is driven by a bit of a time travell dilema, though I am not sure the characters treated it the way they should. If you are not supposed to know your future, why investigate and confirm it?

There are three human characters in the background and two or three AIs which crowds things a bit more, but most of them stand out well enough and give good enough performances.

I found the final resolution a little weak given how important to the cliff hangers things were, but all in all, I was happy with this one.