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9.1 - The Revisionists

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Reviewed By: thisoldcanReview Date: 3/5/19 3:30 pm
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The Revisionists is a charming, if ultimately average adventure that brings together Leela and the Brigadier in an effective adventure. Louise Jameson returns to the Short Trips range here, and delivers a solid performance. She’s most comfortable with the scenes featuring Leela, but her Brigadier and Doctor impressions are effective, and her talent for accents is given a chance to shine through. Andy Frankham-Allen delivers the first Short Trips release of 2019, and his efforts, while average overall, are nonetheless charming and poignant. The highlight of the story lies in the meeting between Leela and the Brigadier, a meeting that never happened on screen. Their characters share some similarities, and I found that Frankham-Allen’s choice to highlight their similarities and build up a relationship between the two based upon mutual respect was smart. It gave the story a distinctly poignant tone, especially towards the end of the adventure as the two reminisce about their ancestors and their convergent paths. The overall plot isn’t particularly standout, as Frankham-Allen is more concerned with the characters and their relationship; this leads to the plot feeling more like an afterthought, and the eventual payoff isn’t particularly exciting or interesting. But nonetheless, The Revisionists is a charming adventure more concerned with showcasing the relationship between two characters who never met. Buoyed by a solid performance from Louise Jameson’s, Andy Frankham-Allen’s story plays out fairly well, starting off 2019’s Short Trips releases with an enjoyable, if average tale.
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Reviewed By: KamelionReview Date: 2/4/19 11:24 am
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Short Trips - 9.1 - The Revisionists

Location : Earth, Geneva Switzerland, Hôtel des Rois


Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart is about to retire after 12 years with UNIT and ends up in this Swiss paranormal and cerebral mystery with the Fourth Doctor and Leela. There's no violence or anything and not even the threat of it but to have these ghosts apparently stealing peoples memories including those of all present obviously has to stop. Hotel occupancy is already down 50% because of it so the Doctor has to say no and attempt to shut down this highly inconvenient and obviously non-neuroanatomical larceny.

This story is told by Louise Jameson in the perspective of Leela of the Sevateem in it's entirety yet also in the perspective of the Brigadier with some happily redundant overlap that made for an interesting way of telling the story. The Doctor spends a lot of time in the hallways and corridors and only appears for a very short amount of time in this 42 minuter.

People whom admire or are interested in Leela and or the Brigadier will most certainly need to visit this story in as Leela puts it "The land of the Swiss". It is rich in back story and character development of you guessed it, Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart and Leela of the Sevateem with a particularly sad revelation about Leela's knife of all things.

There was a time when I was just a subscriber to the full cast epic multi-part long stories of Big Finish's Doctor Who releases but I have come to enjoy the shorter well named "Short Trips" readings which can be enjoyed in one sitting. Louise Jameson has become quite talented in story telling and this episode convinced me to just go ahead and subscribe to the entire 12 2019 9.X Short Stories Series, just after listening to the trailer. The Revisionists was a great way to start the year and series 9.X off and the revisionists certainly did need to be corrected by The Doctor.


Memorable lines:

"I've never worked for UNIT. Why would I want to do that?" - The Doctor

"This knife was used to kill my sister when she saved my life." - Leela