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III. Her Final Flight

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Reviewed By: traves8853Review Date: 10/29/15 3:08 pm
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

'Her Final Flight', by Julian Shortman, is based around the Tardis being damaged and the Doctor trying to repair it after he has an accident which causes amnesia. He wakes up to find Peri nursing him better. Later on the natives turn on the Doctor and Peri, which feels obvious and trite. Obvious comparisons could be made with the William Hartnell serial, 'The Aztecs.' The tribes' people come across as nothing more than the embodiment of their roles: villain, ally and so on. They are plot devices, nothing more.

All throughout are interruptions, which are distracting from the narrative. They let you know that there is another force at work behind the scenes, but when the reveal comes it's ultimately a bit disappointing. If you don't like spoilers you should stop reading now! It's all a hallucination orchestrated by a shadowy nemesis called, 'The Agent.' 'The Agent', has been told that the Doctor will kill him at some point in the future, so he has hired, 'Rashaa' to eliminate him after conducting a series of experiments on him, including forced hallucination. None of this however is clear till the final fifteen minutes.

We find put nothing more about the mysterious agent, the interruptions are distracting and it was all a hallucination so none of it mattered. Still it was an entertaining, if average, story and packed with lots of nice ideas. The natives description of Peri's crash landing as her being hatched from a giant metal egg was quite nice, and hearing the Doctor have some sort of closure with a version of Peri who wasn't better about the way things had been left was really rather nice. However, the nice ideas and inventive use of the Tardis are not enough to save this from being anything other than distinctly ok.

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Reviewed By: joehurl89Review Date: 9/6/15 5:48 pm
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The soundscape / ambiance was just bad on this story. There are far to many times where you can't hear the dialogue in this remarkable story, and that's a real shame.

With good sound, this is a great story, a solid 9, but alas, the sound was just bad.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 9/10/14 6:35 pm
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The ever popular easter egg, or Dr Who special appears as a freebie if you bought the 3hr epic closure of the Divergence Universe. Or you can purchase this for £5 (See below). This puts us back on solid ground in some respects with Colin at the Helm and Peri, although not Peri as you will discover as you listen. The Dr lands on a remote planet. It all spins around the axis that someone wants the Dr dead, and Peri isn't really Peri. For the killer the reward is the TARDIS.

This is a little gem of a story to be honest running some 70 odd minutes long, and fulfilling my own personal liking for a nice simple Dr Who. With a puzzle that is not that hard to work out, and we let the Dr do the work, a bit like a Columbo. But is makes for good listening. and about the perfect length in my opinion. After the heavy going of the Divergence this was a little light relief I can tell you.

Acting by Colin and Nicola is on top form and Conrad Westmass picks up the part in this of Damus. It also contains the Nekkistani element of dealing in second hand time machines, as sold to Robert Knox in the previous adventure Medicinal Purposes and pops up in The Apocalypse Element I think as well as in the Gallifrey range. All in all not a bad way to spend a just over an hour.
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Reviewed By: Crystal LogicReview Date: 8/5/12 5:30 pm
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Why the low ratings? Sure, these little stories might seem a bit inconsequential at times, but this one's over an hour long and the stakes feel really high through the duration. i really like tales where the Doctor's mettle is really put to the test, and this one certainly qualifies. In a way it's almost too bad that events and characters are not really what they appear to be, as perhaps certain discussions that take place here really needed to happen. the ending is rather ruthless, but I can't say the villain's fate isn't well deserved.
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