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The Plague Herds of Excelis

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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 6/22/17 8:08 pm
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The Excelis saga has an interesting structure. The three "Doctor Who" stories comprise a fairly straightforward connected trilogy of stories. This story is slightly different. It's a straightforward sequel to "Excelis Dawns", but it doesn't really have anything to do with the other two. The "Doctor Who" stories are concerned with Grayvorn/Maupassant/Sutton, but this story is about finally providing a proper explanation of the Relic. And it works. It's not great, and it's fairly forgettable, but it's enjoyable enough at the time. Which basically sums up the entire saga for me, really. It's fine, but I can't say I'd miss it much if I never heard it again.

Of course, the highlight of this story is the return of Iris Wildthyme. Unless, of course, you don't like Iris. I confess, I never really did like Iris when I used to read Paul Magrs's "Doctor Who" novels, but I loved Katy Manning's interpretation of the character the very first time I heard it, and I have ever since. Teaming her up with Benny works extremely well. They're quite similar in certain respects, though Benny's a lot less camp and a lot less OTT.

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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/20/15 11:46 am
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This ties into the three part Doctor Who Excelis Story line with the fifth-sevenths Doctors appearing in separate adventures and finds Bernice Summerfield randomly landing on Artaris hoping to get drunk in a particularly difficult period of her life. However, she finds all is not well as the planet's humanoid population is limited to a single city-a city facing a plague. A strange man pronounces poophecies of doom as the Empress tries to hang on to power. In the midst of this fragile situation comes not only Professor Summerfield but also the zany Time Lord Iris Wildthyme who is out for the perfect accessory for a dress-a relic that has been at the center of life in Excelis for centuries.

This story is decent and certainly is an uptick from the more dour Excelis Decays. It provides a reasonable enough explanation for the relic and its true purpose. The acting is good, even though I'm not familiar with Summerfield. The idea of teaming Summerfield and Wildthyme is a smart choice, and the two have good chemistry. The result is a mostly enjoyable story.

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