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Reviewed By: Drew VogelReview Date: 8/10/17 6:57 pm
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The story, such as it is, is quite good. There's an ancient entity lurking in the vaults beneath the capital called Pandora. It's been trying to use Romana to restore itself to power. This episode does a fine job of introducing the threat, and containing it in such a way as to create possibilities for an ongoing storyline. It also puts in place other pieces, such as Romana allowing alien students to attend Time Lord Academy for the first time. There's also a mystery left unaolved: someone let Andred out of prison and used him to try to frame Narvin for murder. All of this is quite good. This episode represents a very good start for the second series of "Gallyfrey".

The trouble is how the episode conveys its story to the listener. A surprisingly large chunk of the total running time is taken up with tedious conversations in which characters a) tell each other things they should already know, for the benefit of the audience, and b) directly announce their own attitudes and intentions, for the benefit of the audience. If you take out all of the clumsy exposition, there wouldn't be very much left. The conversations don't even sound like conversations. They sound like dialogue and exposition.

And, of course, it's a Gary Russell script, so it's positively choking on unnecessary continuity.