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3.1 - Deeptime Frontier

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Reviewed By: komodoReview Date: 5/16/19 1:42 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A good piece of drama that tells an epic piece of history.

This story begins with the Doctor (and companions) being rescued by the Timelords, but quickly they all become the hunted. The slow revelation of the history of the ravenous is very effective making them a foe that the Timelords fear, but also one they are responsible for.

Matt Fitton has written a story that effectively combines a well executed base under siege tale of terror with a big story reveal. Ken Bentley has directed the pieces to give us a claustrophobic feeling, but the whole piece is a very fine first disc for the series. We get new characters and a scene that draws the listener in and leaves them anting more.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/7/19 5:58 am
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Deeptime Frontier was originally intended to be the finale to Ravenous 2. Instead, we got Seizure. The big problem with this story is that narratively, it's written to serve the same purpose as Seizure did: making the Ravenous terrifying and establishing them as a threat.

However, Deep Time Frontier is a much more effective story that is well-paced, and full of great atmosphere and psychological terror. We really get to see how the Ravenous effect the Doctor in a way that's alarming but also believable and doesn't betray the Doctor's character.

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review 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.
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Reviewed By: LorcanReview Date: 4/13/19 6:51 pm
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Picking up where seizure left off the doctor liv and helen are transported to a gallifreyan research session where they have found the corpse of a ravenous.

So in this story we finally find out what the ravenous are and what they want. They are an interesting villain that are based on the primal fear of being eaten by something higher up the food chain than us. The ravenous really feel scary in this story as the doctor is terrified of them which makes them seem all the more deadly if they can make the doctor afraid. The charcters are pretty good in this story and we are introduced to another one of the doctors friends from gallifrey called rasmus who doesn't seem to be evil which is a nice change from most of the doctors other old friends.

This story is very good at making the ravenous seem scary and makes the doctor seem very vulnerable. Overall this is a pretty good start to the set.