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5.4 - The Invasion of E-Space

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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 5/21/19 11:24 pm
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Told from the point of view of a Romana still in E-Space after the events of "Warrior's Gate" and on the verge of a massive final battle, 'Invasion of E-Space' sees an artificially-created hole between realities bring an invading force into E-Space with the intention of conquering and plundering. It's another predictable invasion narrative that just happens to take place in another universe with the Doctor, Romana, and Adric caught right in the middle.

Granted it is a neat idea and one that could work if handled the right way. Unfortunately, what kills the entire story is how dryly the audio is told even with some interesting twists in that specific element. In a fascinating idea, the story's POV jumps back and forth between Romana and another side character who ends up being caught in the crossfire which is certainly different and very novel for a Companion Chronicle. But despite the bigger events going on, it's utterly boring in a way that makes you lose focus and interest very fast especially as neither narrator is particularly memorable. Lalla Ward's is fine and definitely the stronger of the two though part of it is probably because her normal story-telling voice is something I'm personally used to listening to "Gallifrey". But Marni Tellis's voice is like Romana's with even less emotive emotion in what's going on and it's very easy to tune out anything she has to say or any part she has in the narrative. I couldn't even really tell you who she was or why she was important after the fact which is a major fault and a big failure with the direction and delivery.

It's truly sad because there are a few things in this audio that do work. There are many smaller character moments that are really interesting especially in companion interaction and some of the technical sci-fi details are perfectly reminiscent within the feel of Season 18. But any potential is lessened and negated by the dull delivery and given that the story being told takes place before "Warrior's Gate", it's obvious that the story has to end in a certain predictable way which robs the story of any tension it might have had. Nothing stands out, nothing feels important, and in the end, nothing feels very relevant. If you are a HUGE fan of Season 18, then you'll probably want to check this one out. Outside of that, this invasion of E-space is one that really doesn't need to be fought or lived through. 
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 4/17/15 8:39 am
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This story of an alien invasion from N-Space to E-Space during Romana's time in E-space with the Doctor has potential but is ultimately too dull. The best Companion Chronicles put the Companion into some new type of situation or danger or have them meet up with some character or provide a deeper look at a character, or at least introduce some fascinating concept. There are okay concepts here but the story is mostly quite dry. Romana (played by Lalla Ward) is very calm and analytical about everything. and Suanne Braun reads most of her character's line with all the passion of BBC news anchor letting us know about a dreadfully boring political story. Andrew Smith's script is the culprit as it fails to capture the potential of the plot.
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Reviewed By: jolyonReview Date: 1/30/12 6:46 pm
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The Invasion of E-Space is another story that wasn't quite to my taste. The switching between narrators worked well, but the story was a bit dull compared to the space opera the extras suggest they were aiming for. The extras were the highlight - hearing Lalla Ward suggest fans don't have working cameras. Very dry.
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Reviewed By: SLRibsReview Date: 9/4/11 10:47 pm
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Yeah, this one is very of the era and is a wonderful adventure. It's also the first CC I've heard to use two narrarators properly, which was a treat. Overall, I'd give it an 8.5 - which I'm rounding up to a 9.