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Reviewed By: thisoldcanReview Date: 3/13/19 2:39 am
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Inside Every Warrior is a good story, serving as a strong pilot episode for the upcoming The Paternoster Gang range, while also delivering a solid, standalone adventure. Neve McIntosh stars as Madame Vastra, Catrin Stewart stars as Jenny Flint, and Dan Starkey stars as Strax, alongside Julie Atherton as Daisy Hodge. The cast this time around did an excellent job, delivering several strong performances, particularly Catrin Stewart in her first outing as Jenny for Big Finish. Stewart delivers an often tortured performance, successfully conveying her character’s struggle between her fierce loyalty to her wife and friends and her insecurity after seeing the similarities she has with Hodge. It’s an often devastating performance, especially in the third act, but Stewart more than delivers on all counts. Atherton too makes her mark on the story as Daisy Hodge, crafting a powerful, sympathetic performance, conveying the torture of someone pushed to the brink by the injustices she’s experienced. Gemma Langford makes her Big Finish debut with Inside Every Warrior, and delivers a solid adventure with an engaging villain. The plot is a strong one, as Langford delivers a fun, intriguing premise, that ends up well-executed. Even if the central twist of Hodge’s betrayal isn’t particularly surprising, I felt that Langford made it work exceptionally well. The only aspect of the plot I really didn’t like was the ending, with Hodge simply giving up after realizing Vastra loves Jenny. It was a bit too nice of an ending, and it marred what was otherwise an excellent ending. Langford deserves credit though for her excellent writing otherwise, particularly for the way that she wrote Jenny and Hodge. The two are intentionally written as parallels, as alternate versions of each other (in a way), and Langford plays off these parallels remarkably well throughout the story. Overall, Inside Every Warrior is another solid story for The Eighth of March, featuring some strong leading performances and a well-written adventure from a Big Finish newcomer.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 3/12/19 3:50 pm
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"Inside Every Warrior" is exactly what you'd expect given the premise and characters involved; a pilot episode for the future 'Paternoster Gang' series. This includes the addition of a new opening theme that's in the vein of the 'Jago and Litefoot' series, and appropriate considering what's coming. Behind all that, however, is a surprising and well-written script that at times reminds me of "The Revolution" from the first New Adventures of Bernice Summerfield set of all stories. There is a much darker feel to it than the previous adventures in this set especially given the atmospheric Victorian soundscape ripped straight from the best of J&L and the message behind it is more in your face with what it wants to convey. The villain, in particular, represents these elements well. She has some very understandable feminist motivations but still serves as a very nasty foil that forces the Gang themselves into some stronger territory.

It pushes the connection between Vastra and Jenny to the forefront of the story and as a result, Neve McIntosh and Catrin Stewart get some touching moments together that serve the premise wonderfully. But they also get plenty of kickass scenes too and the story doesn't forget that this is a Paternoster gang adventure with Strax getting plenty of great lines even as he becomes the impetus for the main conflict. Nigel Fairs and Julie Atherton are both strong side characters with lots of underlying layers to them, there are some genuinely nice surprises, and the ending is extremely heartwarming reestablishing the connections that each member of the Gang have with each other and setting them up for more adventures to come.

Personally going into it, I was excited to hear and see how the Paternoster Gang would work in audio form but nervous that it would forget the point of the set in delivering some strong stories with our favorite female characters. Thankfully despite some obvious message pandering and some pacing issues in the middle of the story, "Inside Every Warrior" works well on both fronts giving us a great story with this team but also delivering a powerful story that suits the tone and purpose of the set perfectly. I ended my listen of this one with a big smile on my face and if this is what we have to look forward to from a Paternoster Gang series, then consider me all in.