Reviewed By: traves8853
Review Date: 10/29/15 3:08 pm
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'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.