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Reviewed By: SutekhReview Date: 5/17/19 10:55 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

First rate story, with great sound design, thoroughly engrossing plot and top notch acting all round.

Also nice for the Myrka to get better treatment here than in their infamous television appearance, they sound great at least!

Fans of the Jon Pertwee story featuring The Silurians should have as much fun as I did.

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Reviewed By: SeblemReview Date: 1/22/19 5:11 pm
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This is the first Big Finish adventure that really disappointed me

I'll start with the positive:
I really enjoyed Darwin at first and I always enjoy Evelyn Smythe and this Doctor and I really like it when Evelyn gets to explore history further.

Darwin got on my nerves about halfway in, hitting us over the head with evolution > creator myth which is true of course, but it gets very very old. Also, I think this is the first time I was really just taken out of the story because of acting but Jane Goddard as Greta was just really unconvincingly shrill and annoying and her accent was awful.

A very subjective point but the story didnt keep me engaged and I got bored after a while and the messaging of the piece just confused me. For that I want to highlight a specific scene

About one and a half minutes into part 4 Evelyn and the Doctor talk about the treatment of humans/apes under Silurian rule:

It is explained that the reason there is a missing link in human evolution,(which in our world doesn't exist) is because the Silurians genetically modified humans to be more productive food. This is compared to how humanity treats cattle, which in my opinion is a fine and reasonable although often explored metaphor in sci-fi, but it's also compared to the way humans are genetically modyfing crops and how those crops can spread out over the countryside and kill their rivals and therefore "taking over the world after turning your back for 5 minutes"

The second part is where it falls apart. The first homo sapiens existed at least 100,000 years ago so that's at least how old the Silurian gene modification must be. Humanity didn't start overcrowding places or hunting animals to extinction until in comparison to 100,000 years fairly recently and at that point, the story explains to us, the humans weren't at the evolutionary state they were 100,000 years ago anymore, since the new humans were able to resist the Silurians' mind powers.
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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 5/26/17 2:15 am
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I think the story is probably the weakest part about this one, and the story is fine. They say there's really only one Silurian story, and "Doctor Who" just keeps telling it again and again. There's more than a little truth to that, but Jonathan Morris at least finds a new spin to put on his version. Connecting it to Charles Darwin and setting the story on the Galapagos Islands is a brilliant conceit, and Morris's script makes the most of the idea by really working the themes of natural selection. The story's big twist is brilliant as well, and the end of Part Three deserves to be counted among the greatest cliffhangers of all time. With all that going for it, the fact that the actual story may seem a bit pedestrian at times doesn't seem very important.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 6/8/16 2:40 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Doctor and Evelyn travel to the Galapagos Islands at the time of Darwin's voyage aboard The Beagle where strange things are afoot even as Darwin forms his theory of evolution.

This story brings the Silurians into Big Finish and is a bit of a call back to the Pertwee Era Silurians/Sea Devils story with the Silurians awakening with plots of destroying humans to conquer the Earth and one Silurian being less bent on destruction and evil. The story adds a couple macabre twists on the creatures.

Darwin in this story is over-played and his lines come off as preachy and often slow down the action and serve as digressions from the story rather than fitting into them. The story also gives Evelyn and the Sixth Doctor less chance to work together and less good material for Evelyn. Overall, an okay but somewhat uneven effort.