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3.4 - The Odds Against

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 5/17/19 12:39 am
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The TARDIS crew arrive on a moon in search of the beings who defeated the Ravenous back in the ancient times, but immediately arrive to discover a dead body and then be discovered by authorities standing over it.

Throughout much of its run-time, this feels like a typical base under siege Doctor Who story. Only towards the end, do we learn that was the point. There's a very big, very clever twist that changes the story, and in fact, changes the entire direction of the series. It's easily the best box set finale since Doom Coalition 3. It's an intriguing conclusion sure to leave the listener hungry for Ravenous 4 while also having some fun moments that make for a very enjoyable listen.
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Reviewed By: LorcanReview Date: 4/15/19 3:58 pm
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The doctor, liv, helen and the eleven arrive on the moon where the ravenous were originally imprisoned and they try to find a way to defeat the ravenous. The eleven can no longer hear the nine in his head and suspects that he has been killed by the ravenous earlier in his time stream. They find that some of the local inhabitants of the moon who helped the time lords imprison the ravenous have been murdered and strange glitchy creatures keep appearing.

The odds against is a good conclusion to ravenous 3 although i can't say much about it without spoiling things. I will say though that this is a great story for the eleven and is one of mark bonnars strongest performances in the role. The eleven is very manipulative and cunning in this story and it was very enjoyable to listen to. The rest of the main cast also get some good moments and the ending has me very excited to see how things conclude in ravenous 4. This is probably the best ravenous boxset so far and i would definetley recommend it.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 4/15/19 2:03 pm
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Time is of the essence in the final story of the set as the Eleven's past is suddenly put in dire danger. Using data gathered from the prior adventure, the TARDIS team are led to a mysterious moon that ties into the history of the Ravenous themselves and potentially a way to stop them completely. It all seems a bit too easy but a conspiracy is about to come to the surface and there's something lurking underneath that's rather hungry.

'Odds Against' starts out rather predictably with a murder mystery surrounding glitch-like monsters stalking and killing in a monastery. But a big twist cleverly hidden rearranges a good chunk of things we thought we knew up to this point and from there the surprises keep coming moment after moment. It's another story which really is hard to review simply because none of it should be given away by description immediately. So much of it depends on suspense and surprise for it's biggest and hardest hitting moments but it's well worth it for what we end up getting in the long run.

The soundscape, script, and pacing are all utterly superb and once again the cast give it their all with Paul McGann and Mark Bonnar standing out particularly. McGann continues to capture his Doctor effortlessly but the way the fear and tension from these creatures shake things up for him gives him plenty of fascinating moments to chew on. It's here that his character is perhaps at the weakest he's been since the end of his run with Lucie Miller and it's another incredibly strong performance for him. But really this is Mark Bonnar's story as the Eleven giving his most memorable outing in the role since the first time we saw him. As to the reason why, however, that would be telling. But let's just say that there are many moments that will make fans of this character such as myself very happy and he owns every minute he is focused on here.

With the way it plays with your expectations and all of the things it does right, this is another story that's hard to find too much fault with. It does take a bit too long for those bigger moments to happen to where your attention does wander at times and I was also expecting a bit more of a direct tie-in at the end to the Master and his incarnations given how much the last set supposedly focuses on them. But these are very small faults in a good core that may keep it from being perfect but certainly not outstanding. As a result, I would say that 'Odds Against' is perhaps the strongest finale that 'Ravenous' has given us so far with a great ending that sets things up (mostly) beautifully for the final installment in October.