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Reviewed By: SeblemReview Date: 1/22/19 5:11 pm
3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

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.
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Reviewed By: newt5996Review Date: 6/6/16 6:49 pm
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I have an interesting history with Bloodtide. I have personally listened to Bloodtide four different times and every time I find my opinion on it has changed rapidly. My first listen I wasn’t really paying attention because I had heard so many good things about Project: Twilight. The second time I liked it mainly because it was a story with Evelyn in it and it has the Silurians not from Warriors of the Deep and Charles Darwin. The third time I found it so boring I fell asleep three times while listening and then just forgot whatever I enjoyed about the thing. This time was the fourth time and it was another time I liked this one, but not as nearly as much as I liked it on my second listen through.





The plot sees the Doctor and Evelyn arriving in the Galapagos Islands during the voyage of the Beagle where Charles Darwin will make his discoveries about evolution. Not all is well on the islands as a colony of Silurians have woken up which brings some interesting revelations about the creation of humanity which is where the plot really shines. Then it just becomes a rehash of Doctor Who and the Silurians. Luckily once this happens there is only about an hour left in the run time and Doctor Who and the Silurians is already a good story it doesn’t tip the scales into the realm of the story being bad, but it does make me know exactly where the plot is going and how everything resolves. What Morris does with his rehash is what he is famous for, making the story have a very bleak tone that I just love.





The way Morris characterizes the Doctor and Evelyn is great. While they are not romantically involved with one another, here they are written almost like they are an old married couple enjoying their retirement. Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor has such good repartee with Maggie Stables’ Evelyn that I just can’t help get lost in their performances. The Doctor wants to try and help negotiate with the Silurians yet there aren’t any real sympathizers with his cause. His actions are so futile he ends up allowing their destruction because without it the world is doomed. Evelyn gets separated from the Doctor and shows just how independent she is. She’s the one to come up with plans and just the presence of Maggie Stables in this one is completely worth it.





Miles Richardson is the standout of the cast as Charles Darwin as the man has his faith broken over the course of the story and it becomes hard to listen to. The man fears God but has the idea put into his head that God is dead and it only gets worse when it is revealed the human race as we know it is all just a giant experiment from a crazy Silurian scientist. The implications break him and it takes Evelyn and the Doctor explaining just how big the universe is to get him to come back to his senses and help save the day. Darwin is on the Beagle under Captain Fitzroy who is pretty much the Brigadier, but after Part Two he becomes really bland and forgettable. The Silurian Tulok is played by Daniel Hogarth and is good at being a way to get the story going and provide a villain. He shows us a lot more of the Silurian’s culture which is a good thing as I found it interesting.





Jonathan Morris also pulls several twists from under our feet which all have horrifying implications. Other than the fact that humans were created by Silurians, Morris pulls out that much like the way we eat meat, the Silurians eat us which feels like a natural development for them as they easily could have. The scene when Evelyn and Darwin find the livestock freezer actually succeeded in making me nauseous. He also brings back the Myrka from Warriors of the Deep, but as a powerful force. It was chilling to see what it did and almost funny to notice it is credited to be playing by Robert Shearman and William Johnson. I think Johnson may be a fake name meant to be the back half of the Myrka and if I’m right I find it hilarious.