Reviewed By: adamelijah
Review Date: 4/23/15 8:33 am
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This is the equivalent of the Mid-series finale that the new TV show had in its sixth and seventh series, only much better. All the plot points throughout Season 4 from Situation Vacant, the Book of Kells, and of course, Deimos, come together beautifully in Resurrection of Mars which finds the Ice Warriors in charge of the Deimos space station and threatening to kill Lucie Miller unless the Doctor returns.
When we see Lucie (who had been traveling with the meddling Monk) dropped off, it actually feels kind of sudden and convenient. Yet, it’s far from a plot convenience, the Monk has a plan. Throughout the Eighth Doctor Adventures, the series kept bringing back old fondly remembered but rarely seen foes such as Morbius, the Krynoids, and the Wirrn. These episodes have a mixed reputation, yet with the Meddling Monk, the series hit paydirt.
Grame Garden’s performance changes the Monk from a fondly remembered villain and turns him into the anti-Doctor, whose methods are completely the opposite of the Doctor. His efforts to turn Tamsin Drew against the Doctor with charm and serpentine deception are brilliant. And his taunting of the Doctor while the Ice Warriors destroy Mars and threaten the human population is a great villainous moment.
Resurrection of Mars has some great exploration of the Eighth Doctor’s character. We learn he regrets the Seventh Doctor’s more calculating turn and that he’ll never countenance the taking of a life (though he did in Wirrn Dawn.) The reunion with Lucie is wonderfully done and at times it’s almost like she never left. Yet, at the same time, Sheridan Smith does a good job portraying Lucie’s complex emotions about the Doctor perhaps embodied in the moment when she says she hoped she’d never see the Doctor again but offered him a hug.
This story is Tamsin’s exit as Companion and her journey is believable. I think Big Finish did a good job getting listeners invested in Tamsin and connecting to her so that this story would have an emotional impact in that regard.
The closing scene that sees the resolution of the Ice Warrior’s efforts to destroy Mars is glorious and just a wonderful climax to the episode and creates that mid-series finale moment.
The weak point of the story is the Ice Warriors foolish lack of precautions when it came to securing Lucie and the Doctor. However, in such a great tapestry of a story, a loose thread can be forgiven.