Reviewed By: JMChurch25
Review Date: 4/15/19 1:58 pm
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Series 3 of Ravenous follows up with the TARDIS team transmatted onto a Gallifreyan research station outside of a fissure in the time vortex. A Time Lord cardinal and a human scientist are mining for a potential new source of energy that could stabilize and serve as a backup in case things get dire. But when a terrifying body is found floating in the vortex and mistakenly brought on board, things rapidly turn extreme and "Deeptime Frontier" suddenly turns into a base under siege with the Ravenous featured at its very core.
It works as both a natural extension to and an enhancement of the previous story "Seizure" while at the same time providing many of the answers we've been hoping for. It's here that we FINALLY get some interesting details and information surrounding the Ravenous including more on where they come from, why they are so feared by the Time Lords, and why they look like circus clowns (or rather why circus clowns look like them). The more we learn about them, the more intriguing they become and they have some frightening powers eventually revealed in a piecemeal way that truly make them a force to be reckoned with. But Matt Fitton's script also never forgets what this story is meant to be in regards to basic premise and plot and it's another one that keeps you on the edge of your seat.
The synopsis given does hint at one of the biggest surprises of the story which is a bit of a shame but it still throws plenty of chilling encounters with the monsters themselves and some interesting curveballs that continue to create intricate tissue tying into the future of the Time Lords. The cast is all strong with McGann in particular really upping his game in terms of how far he can stretch his Doctor. He really conveys a fear in his words and actions and how these creatures affect him that we don't often get to hear and it's one of his better performances in the role as a result. The same is true for the rest of the cast with Nicola Walker and Hattie Morahan all continuing to perform admirably in their roles even if they don't get as much to do this time. But we also get a good human scientist with a secret played by Tania Rodrigues and the introduction of a somewhat benevolent Time Lord (played by Damian Lynch) who helped the Seventh Doctor catch the Eleven all that time ago.
While the pacing is a little bit wonky in terms of how it handles exposition and the tense cliffhanger from the previous set is resolved a bit too quickly, it all things works like gangbusters when it's firing on all cylinders and it makes for one hell of a freaky thrill ride. It took about 2 sets to get there and several teases that didn't amount to as much as they should. But it does truly feel like the Ravenous saga has officially begun with "Deeptime Frontier". It's easily one of the best stories in the entire saga, the best one that involves the series arc directly thus far, and one hell of a start to the set with an ending that sets up plenty of interesting possibilities for things to come.