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III. Her Final Flight

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 2/11/19 6:36 am
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Her Final Flight is Big Finish’s first attempt to address what happened to Peri during the events of Trial of a Time Lord as the Doctor and Peri find themselves reunited on a backwater planet where the TARDIS is viewed as a god, and where strange things are happening with time.

The story isn’t bad, but it also hasn’t aged well. It’s hurt by the fact that Big Finish found so many better ways to addressed to address the issued addressed in Mindwarp (most notably in Peri and Piscon Paradox and the Widow’s Assassin.) However, the story does establish the fact that what happened does haunt the Sixth Doctor.
Both Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant are on-point and show us a Sixth Doctor and Peri relationship that transcends the on-screen TV acrimony.

However, the overall basic story is incredibly average. There’s more going on than the straightforward story that, but this so obvious that the entire reveal is a bit dull and predictable.

So overall, there’s some good acting performances, but otherwise this is unremarkable.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 8/3/17 1:35 am
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Who doesn't love a good plot twist? But then, what is it that separates a good plot twist from a bad one? That's a big and complicated question, but here's a simple rule of thumb that I find useful: a good plot twist should make the story more interesting rather than less interesting. That may sound obvious, but you'd be surprised how many plot twists get it wrong. Frequently stories fall afoul of this rule when they use a plot twist to take back a plot development that the writer isn't prepared to commit to. Look at "The Trial of a Time Lord", which happens to present a handy example, The story where Peri is killed by the Mentors is a better story than the one where she ends up marrying Yrcanos. Don't get me wrong... I have nothing against Peri. But having her die at the end of "Mindwarp" is a much more powerful conclusion to that story than whatever we're supposed think really happened.

Arguably, the same is true here. "Her Final Flight" presents us with a dark and tragic tale about the TARDIS causing terrible harm to a primitive, religious society. That's a pretty good story. But the way that story is presented to us, it's clear that there's really another story happening. Eventually, we learn that the Doctor's reunion with Peri on Refiloe is just an elaborate trap to trick the Doctor into sacrificing himself (a much more elaborate version of the scam the Valeyard tried to pull in "The Ultimate Foe").

And while it is disappointing to hear a complex and well-developed story give way to a tiresome old revenge plot featuring a villain we've never seen before, it doesn't entirely ruin the story. After all, the bulk of the runing time is spent developing the good half of the story. The disappointing part doesn't properly come in until quite near to the end.

The worst thing about the twist is that it effectively robs us of the Doctor's poignant and bittersweet reunion with Peri. Apparently, the story was originally written for the seventh Doctor and Mel, and I can see how that would have worked. But I think it's better the way it is.
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Reviewed By: traves8853Review 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.

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Reviewed By: joehurl89Review Date: 9/6/15 5:48 pm
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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.